District Instructions

After the fall 2015 semester, Southeast will no longer offer the online coursework required for DESE's TAC program; in order to be enrolled in our courses, you will need to be admitted to this university. Please contact DESE for more information regarding the TAC at 573-751-0051. Information regarding the TAC can also be found on this DESE website.

The employing school district must complete the online Application for Temporary Certificate. The TAC is DESE's program, so no paperwork will need to be submitted to this office for processing.

Required Courses

The Temporary Certification is intended to be a two year program of study. Additional course work maybe required to meet the nine (9) credit hour per year requirement.

  1. Psychology of the Exceptional Child: EX390 Psychology & Education of the Exceptional Child ( 3 credit hours )
  2. Behavioral Management Techniques: SE306/SE271 Theories of Learning and Management ( 2 credit hours ) 
  3. Measurement and Evaluation: SE308/SE273 Fundamentals of High School Education or SE301/SE250 Fundamentals of Middle School Education ( 3 credit hours ) 
  4. Teaching Methods/Instructional Strategies: ( 3 credit hours) SE*** Techniques of Teaching - in the content area. Southeast does not offer this course online. You will either need to find a regular section of this course or take it at another institution to meet DESE's certification requirements.
  5. Methods of Teaching Reading at the Appropriate Level: SE307/SE272 Content Literacy Methods (3 credit hours)
  6. Development Psychology at the Appropriate Level: PY222 Development of the Adolescent ( 3 credit hours )
  7. Beginning Teacher Assistance: This requirement can be fulfilled through the participation in one of several Beginning Teacher Assistance workshops offered throughout the state. Various organizations offer these workshop, the following is a link to workshops offered by Missouri State Teacher Association. Please obtain verification of your attendance.
Missouri Content Exams

Specific information can be found on the the Missouri Content Exam website.

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