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Graduate Teacher Certification

Graduate Initial Teacher Certification

A graduate-level program for those who wish to become teachers.  This program is a route to initial teacher certification available for individuals who decide to pursue teaching after they have earned a bachelors’ degree. 

Professional certification is offered for teaching at the elementary, middle school, and secondary levels, as well as K-12 special education, physical education, and art.  A bachelor’s degree in education is not required.

     • Initial certification in Missouri, with Kansas option

     • 21 months to complete Middle School & Secondary certification

     • Continue to work while taking classes

     • Classes offered in the daytime or evening format

     • Evening classes meet just once per week

     • Hands-on classroom experience from your first semester

Certification Areas

Art (K-12)

Elementary (1-6)

Middle School (5-9)

     • Language Arts

     • Mathematics

     • Science

     • Social Studies

Physical Education (K-12)

Secondary (9-12)

     • Biology

     • Business

     • Chemistry

     • English

     • Social Studies

     • Speech/Theatre

Special Education (K-12)

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered for admission:

    • a completed Online Application
    • attendance at an Information Session
    • an undergraduate transcript from a regionally accredited college which indicates an earned bachelor's degree
    • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above*
    • Students whose primary language is not English are required to submit official score reports of the TOEFL exam.  Minimum required scores is 580 on the written test, 237 on the computer based test, or 92 on the Internet-based test.  The IELTS exam scores may be submitted in lieu of the TOEFL.  The minimum IELTS exam score required is an overall score of 6.5 with no individual band score below 5.5

* Students must request all transcripts from every school attended for any amount of college credit.  

Students should request official transcripts be sent to:

    • Graduate Education, Avila University, 11901 Wornall Road, Kansas City, MO 64145 

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