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Teach in Residency

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The Teach in Residency program is designed for teacher certification candidates who wish to teach and become certified at the same time. Teacher candidates must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. In addition, the candidate must teach for two years in an urban public school or public charter school. During this teaching appointment, UMSL will provide the necessary coursework to earn teacher certification within two years. Many teacher candidates complete additional coursework and earn a Master's degree in Elementary or Secondary Education.

The program includes online courses and a school-based internship. Program courses are offered over a 2-year cycle and are designed in a modular format as opposed to discrete course silos.

Read through the frequently asked questions for answers to common questions about the Teach in Residency program.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants for any post-baccalaureate certification program must already hold a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA.
  • Any teacher candidate aspiring to enter the Teach in Residency accelerated path must first pass the Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) appropriate to her or his area of certification.
  • Candidates who enter the Teach in Residency pathway are required to hold a full time placement as teacher of record in an urban Missouri public or charter school.

For more information, consult the Teach in Residency Admissions Checklist.

Find the certification that's right for you.

UMSL's innovative Teach in Residency program offers post-baccalaureate teacher certification in as little as 24 months. Aspiring candidates must already hold a bachelor's degree and must pass the appropriate Missouri Content Assessment prior to admission. Explore our teacher certification tracks below.