Alternative Certification

The Alternative Certification program assists prospective teachers in obtaining certification to teach in Missouri school districts. Candidates must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the subject area to be taught or a closely related field, as well as have a valid offer of a teaching contract from a Missouri public or private school.

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K-12 English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) DESE Certification

ESOL certification allows teachers to enhance their ability to address the needs of limited English proficient children in the K-12 classroom. Prospective students must hold a valid teaching certificate in the state of Missouri and have prior coursework in Teaching Reading in the Content Areas and Psychology of the Exceptional Child.  Missouri State (DESE) requirements for the ESOL Certification program include 21 hours of coursework in the areas of Theories of Second and Foreign Language Learning, Methods and Techniques of TESOL, Materials and Assessment of TESOL, Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, and Practicum in TESOL. 

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Undergraduate Certificate

The undergraduate certificate from Southeast introduces the student pursuing any major to the practices and principles of ESOL as well as the study of language and culture.  Students complete 15 hours of coursework that include four modules: Linguistics, Language Acquisition,  Methods and Techniques for Teaching ESOL, and Language and Culture. 

Autism Spectrum Disorder Certification

The Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Certificate Program enables students to attain knowledge and skills essential in making a positive impact on individuals with ASD. The increasing prevalence and large research-to-practice gap in educational programs drives this critical need. We offer a 15 credit hour certificate program that is available as an add-on to an undergraduate degree or can be incorporated into a graduate degree. The courses are also available to non-degree seeking students wanting to learn more and make a positive impact on individuals with ASD. Courses are taught as online courses with opportunities to meet face-to-face if desired.

Looking for non-credit certification options? Visit the Office of Extended and Continuing Education for more information.