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Temporary Authorization Certificate - Secondary Education

TACSecEd.pngThe Temporary Authorization Certificate (TAC) is a Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) certification route. The UMSL College of Education offers online coursework that meets the requirements for secondary education and special education certification. At UMSL, we also offer advisor support through each step of the TAC plan.

The TAC route to certification is for those who have been hired by a school to teach the subject in which they have a degree, or to teach special education. The TAC agreement is between the teacher, the hiring district/school, and DESE.


  • Possession of a baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university in the subject area to be taught or a closely related field (applications for a special education temporary authorization must possess a baccalaureate or higher degree) with a GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Submission of a joint application verifying contracted employment with a Missouri public school district or accredited non-public school.

Official DESE information regarding the TAC can be found at: DESE TAC Requirements

Sample Plan of Courses

Upon Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education approval of your TAC plan, provide a copy of your certificate and plan to your UMSL advisor.

If you are transferring into the Transition to Teaching Program with a previous Plan of Courses, contact your DESE Certification Supervisor in writing for determination of competencies met and needed. Provide your revised plan to your UMSL academic advisor.

Course Title Credit hours Requirement
ELE ED 6222 Advanced Studies in Child and Adolescent Development 3, online Psychological Development of the Child and Adolescent
SPEC ED 6412 Psychology of the Exceptional Child 3, online Psychology of the Exceptional Child
SEC ED xxxx Content Area Methods Course 3, online Instructional Strategies and Techniques in the Content Area Specialty
SPEC ED 6325 Advanced Standards in Classroom and Behavior Management 3, online Behavioral Management Techniques
ED PSY 6030 Instruction, Learning, and Assessment 3, online Evaluation of Abilities and Achievement to include Intelligence Testing
TCH ED 5312 Teaching Reading in the Content Areas 3, online Assessment, Student Data, and Data-Based Decision Making
TCH ED 6224 Integrated Curriculum Development for Content Teaching of English Language Learners 3, online English Language Learning
TCH ED 6010 Examining History, Community, and Social Justice in Education 3, online Cultural Diversity

Missouri Content Assessments

  • Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) in your content area
  • Test of Professional Knowledge:
    • 063 Professional Knowledge: Secondary
    • 062 Professional Knowledge: Middle School