Post-Baccalaureate & TAC Programs

Central Methodist University offers two post-baccalaureate, non-degree programs:

MORENET provides teacher education workshops de­signed to increase the technology competency of the K-12 classroom teacher. These workshops range in length.

The Temporary Authorization Certification (TAC) program assists prospective teachers who have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in acquiring the Temporary Authorization Certification, which can lead to Missouri’s Initial Professional Certificate. 

Post-Baccalaureate Tuition & Fees Per Credit Hour
Note: Some fees are based on vendor quotes and are subject to change.
MORENET courses (for graduate credit) $75
Student Services Fee (per credit hour) $10
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MoreNET Workshop Course for Graduate Credit

MORENET provides teacher education workshops de­signed to increase the technology competency of the K-12 classroom teacher. These workshops range from in length.

Graduate students desire to increase their knowledge and application of technology in the classroom. These workshops from MORENET will provide this opportunity and allow the provision of graduate credit.

Policy Governing Earning of Graduate Credit for MORENET Workshops:

  1. Students may earn one (1) graduate credit hour for every one (1) day of workshop program­ming com­pleted through MORENET.
  2. Students may combine two ½ day workshops for one (1) graduate credit.
  3. Students must submit a completed Master of Education application online, an undergraduate transcript indicating receipt of the baccalaureate degree, and a $75 per cre­dit hour graduate fee plus a $15 per credit hour service fee.
  4. Payment and applications may be made by check, cash, or credit card. (Do not send cash by mail.)
  5. Send completed information to:
    Jerri Carter, Graduate Programs
    411 Central Methodist Square
    Fayette MO 65248
    Phone: 660-248-6254 Fax: 660-248-6392
  6. Students must submit a two page reflective sum­mary of the workshop content for each credit earned. Include in the summary
    1. title of course(s)
    2. summary of content
    3. ways in which the participant intends to use the information to improve classroom teaching
  7. Students are enrolled in ED760 and receive a grade of pass or fail.
  8. Further information may be obtained from the Direc­tor of Graduate Studies at CMU.

Temporary Authorization Certification (TAC)

CMU program information, contact information, and an application can be found on the TAC webpage. CMU reserves the right to change the requirements pending changes from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

The Temporary Authorization Certification (TAC) program at CMU assists prospective teachers who have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university in acquiring the Temporary Authorization Certificate from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), which can lead to Missouri's Initial Professional Certificate. Prospective teachers must have a GPA of 2.75 (or greater) and a teaching contract with a Missouri school district prior to entry into the TAC program.

After admission process is complete, a Plan of Study will be developed which will include the necessary class work. The required courses are designed to meet the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's required competency areas for alternative certification. Full and complete explanations of the Temporary Authoriza­tion Certificate can be found on DESE's website.

General Certification (21 hours)

ED513   Classroom Assessment (3)
ED516   Exceptional & Diverse Learners (3)
ED533   Classroom & Behavior Management (3)
ED561   Instructional Strategies (3)
ED564   Beginning Teacher Assistance (3)
ED572   Teaching Reading in the Content Area (3)
PY523   Human Growth & Development (3)

Special Education Certification (32 hours)

ED516   Exceptional & Diverse Learners (3)
ED518   Reading Assessment and Instruction (3)
ED533   Classroom & Behavior Management (3)
ED551   Methods and Materials in Mathematics Education (3)
SE203   Introduction to Special Education - Mild-Moderate Disabilities K-12 (3)
SE213   Curriculum Methods Mild-Moderate Elementary (3)
SE301   Curriculum Methods Mild-Moderate Secondary (3)
SE313   Counseling in Special Education (2)
SE321   Diagnostic & Prescriptive Procedures (3)
SE340   Mathematics Instruction for Special Needs Students (2)
SE341   Literacy Instruction for Special Needs Students (2)

TAC Courses

ED513 Classroom Assessment. 3 hours. Classroom observation, interpretation, and research are the focus of this course. Students will be expected to practice and implement various techniques discussed in class as well as prepare documentation for explorations undertaken.

ED516 Exceptional and Diverse Learners. 3 hours. Basic concepts of multicultural education, with an emphasis on students from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, as well the gifted and special needs student. Instruction includes a review of instructional strategies for the diverse classroom, a personal examination of one's bias and stereotypes, and the role of personal professional responsibility within a global society. Also addressed are the Missouri Standards for Teacher Education Programs and provisions of the No Child Left Behind Act.

ED518 Reading Assessment and Instruction. 3 hours. This course focuses on the study of formal and informal assessment as it relates to individual needs. Developing instructional plans with an emphasis on personalized reading strategies and continuous evaluation is included. Prerequisites: Coursework in Reading Foundations and Assessment preferred.

ED533 Classroom and Behavior Management. 3 hours. Organization, procedures, and management of the classroom including approaches to disciplinary problems.

ED551 Methods and Materials in Mathematics Education. 3 hours. Students examine and create materials, which are useful in teaching mathematics. Effective teaching techniques such as learning-by-doing are demonstrated and the educational theories and research literature which support these techniques will be discussed. Meets MEd Standard 2.

ED561 Instructional Strategies. 3 hours. Designed to assist the student in recognizing person instructional strategies and selecting strategies appropriate to the student population. Various instructional strategies are explored.

ED564 Beginning Teacher Assistance. 3 hours. Designed to assist the beginning teacher through the first year of teaching. Assistance is provided in building and maintaining certification and/or school district professional development requirements. Students must enroll in at least three (3) credit hours of the combined courses. (Temporary Authorization Certificate students only)

ED572 Teaching Reading in the Content Area. 3 hours. This course provides a study of teaching and learning situations in the elementary and secondary schools with the application of reading and writing strategies in various content areas and specialties, including core contents, electives, and library sciences. Learners extend their content area reading as they engage in the language arts practice of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

PY523 Human Growth and Development. 3 hours. This course explores the biological, psychological, and sociological factors that impact the individual throughout the human life span—from birth to death.

SE203 Introduction to Special Education-MMD K-12. 3 hours. This course is an introduction to the profession of special education. The course explores the history, theoretical foundations, and practices related to the social, emotion, health, and learning characteristics of the individuals with mild-moderate disabilities. The course includes an introduction to the educational and psychological characteristics (cognitive, emotional, and social) of school-age individuals with mild-moderate disabilities and the implications these characteristics have for educational practice. Problems of definitions, screening, diagnosis, classification systems, transition, future planning, classroom management, and multicultural issues are introduced.

SE213 Curriculum Methods-MMD Elementary. 3 hours.   This course provides an introduction to the educational and psychological characteristics (cognitive, emotional, and social) of elementary-age individuals with mild-moderate disabilities and the implications that these characteristics have for educational practice. Problems of definitions, screening, diagnosis, classification systems, transition, future planning, classroom management, and multicultural issues are addressed. Information useful for selecting and developing intervention programs for elementary-age students with mild disabilities including physical and other health impairments are addressed. Included is an overview of research in the field with emphasis on the study of instructional approaches emphasizing specific methods and materials.

SE301 Curriculum Methods-MMD Secondary. 3 hours. This course provides an introduction to the educational and psychological characteristics (cognitive, emotional, and social) of secondary-age individuals with mild-moderate disabilities and the implications that these characteristics have for educational practice. Problems of definitions, screening, diagnosis, classification systems, transition, future planning, classroom management, and multicultural issues are addressed. Information useful for selecting and developing intervention programs for secondary-age students with mild disabilities including physical and other health impairments are addressed. Included is an overview of research in the field with emphasis on the study of instructional approaches emphasizing specific methods and materials.

SE 313 Counseling in Special Education. 2 hours. This course presents approaches to working with school students, both with and without disabilities, in the home, school, and community environment. Students will focus on understanding, developing, and implementing approaches to interact with school students. Students will explore theories and practical methods to enhance positive relationships with families of school-aged children.

SE321 Diagnostic & Prescriptive Procedures. 3 hours. This course is an introduction to principles and practices in evaluation procedures in education and special education (preschool through adolescence). Students are also introduced to securing case histories and test administration and interpretation in basic development and skill areas.

SE341 Literacy Instruction for Special Needs Students. 2 hours. This course builds upon the foundation provided by the previous reading and literacy coursework included in the elementary certification program. Students will learn how to adapt literacy instruction for the needs of individual students, small groups, and/or classroom settings.