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Teaching Certification Questions


What do I need to apply to the Graduate Certification program?

You need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, an overall GPA of 2.75, a completed application and official transcripts. Attendance at an information session is required for admission. 

What do I need to bring to the Information Session?
You may bring copies of your transcripts to help determine which courses you still need for certification. Please be aware that an official evaluation of your transcripts will not be done by Avila personnel during the meeting.

How long will it take to get my certification?
It depends on what you want to be certified in and what degree you hold. We will evaluate your official transcripts to determine exactly how many hours you need. Plan on at least a year and a half to finish the program.

Will I have a master’s degree when I’m finished with my certification?
Because our certification courses are offered at the graduate level, you will be halfway toward a master’s degree when you earn your certification. You may stop there or continue on into our Master’s Program to earn your Master of Arts in Education with the Teaching & Learning concentration. This requires an additional 18 hours of coursework.

Do you have evening classes?
All of the education courses required for Middle School and Secondary certification are in the late afternoon or evening. Most meet once a week for either 5 weeks or 7 weeks. Elementary and Special Education certifications require some day classes.

Do I have to student teach?
Yes. You are required to do a 12-week final clinical experience to receive your teaching certificate.

What if I’m teaching already?
If you are currently a regular classroom teacher (not a substitute) and are teaching the subject and grade level you plan to be certified in, you may stay in your job and do an internship instead.

How do I student teach if I’m working?
You will not be able to work while you are completing your final clinical experience. You will need to plan on other financial arrangements during that time.

Do I have to take a test to be certified?
You must take the Missouri Content Assessment in your content area for Missouri certification. For more information or to register for the test, visit 

Can I become certified in Kansas as well as Missouri?
If you want to be certified in Kansas, you must also take the Principles of Learning and Teaching exam.

Can I get financial aid?
If you are eligible, you may receive student loans for our program. You are required to be enrolled in 6 hours a semester to qualify. Contact our financial aid office at (816) 501-3600 for more information.

Where is Avila located?
Avila is located at 118th Street and Wornall on the south side of Kansas City. Take I-435 to the Wornall exit, go south on Wornall about three miles and Avila will be on your left.

How can I add an endorsement (additional certification area)?
Once you are certified in Missouri, you can add additional certification areas by taking the appropriate Pearson Content Assessment exam. For more information, visit the Missouri Department of Education’s website

How do I get a Provisional Certificate?
To obtain a Provisional Certificate, you must be admitted to our Graduate Certification program and be teaching under contract in your content area in Missouri. You will need to complete an Academic Contract with our certification officer, and your school district will need to submit paperwork to the Missouri Department of Education verifying your employment. The Provisional Certificate is good for two years during which time you must finish your certification program.


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