Provisional Program Overview

To be eligible for Southeast’s Provisional Alternative Certification program, you must have a degree in or close to the content area you want to teach. You must also have at least a 2.5 GPA, and a teaching position in that area in a Missouri school district to qualify for the program. We have a list of the state’s requirements on our website.

This office reviews transcripts for any of the alternative certification content areas in the state.  If you would like a transcript review, please complete and submit the Transcript Review Request Form listed on our website. Once a program has been approved for you, you and your hiring district will need to submit a Joint Application for Provisional Certificate online through the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) website.

Once approved, an Academic Contract will be completed online by this office listing all required coursework in order to complete the program.  All completed paperwork is then electronically submitted by this office to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for processing. You will be able to view your Provisional Certificate online from DESE. The Provisional Certificate is designed to be completed in two years.

District Instructions

The employing school district must complete the online Application for Provisional Certificate (Joint Application). The employee must also submit all official transcripts to the Certification Office for processing.

Information about areas other then teacher certification can be found on the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education website.

Required Courses

Required Education Coursework for the Provisional Program

  • EX390 - Psychology & Education of the Exceptional
    (3 credit hours)
  • PY222 - Development of the Adolescent Child
    (3 credit hours)
  • SE306/SE271 - Theories of Learning and Management
    (2 credit hours)
  • SE307/SE272 - Teaching Reading in Secondary School
    (2 credit hours)
  • SE330 - Techniques of Teaching
    (3 credit hours) or
    SE322* -  Foreign Language
    (3 credit hours)(*Spring semester only)
  • EFXXX - Foundations Coursework
    (2-3 credit hours)
  • SE460 - Practicum
    (6 credit hours)

Missouri Content Exams

One test in your subject area (Refer to the Office of Testing Services on Southeast's campus for details of when these tests are offered). Missouri Content Exam registration and other specific information about the Missouri Content Exam can be found at

Additional Courses for Middle School Programs

  • SE301/SE250 - Fundamentals of Middle School Education
    (3 credit hours)
  • SE302 - Reading and Writing in Middle School
    (3 credit hours)