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To become a certified teacher in Missouri, you will need to fulfill these requirements:
Step One: Complete a bachelor's degree and other prerequisite coursework required.
Step Two: Complete a state-approved teacher preparation program
Step Three: Pass required exams.
Step Four: Submit a Missouri teaching credential application.
Our goal is to make this process as easy as possible, and we are dedicated to updating CertificationMap.com with new information on a regular basis.
Step One: Missouri Prerequisite Coursework
All states require that certified teachers have at least a bachelor’s degree. Additionally, some states have undergraduate credit hour requirements for certification in specialty areas. Please see the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Certification Requirements Indexfor more information.
Many schools of education now offer online MAT programs that provide increased flexibility by allowing aspiring or working teachers to attend class and complete coursework from any location that has an Internet connection. Online MAT programs are a practical option for students who have professional and personal commitments that make it difficult to obtain teaching certification through a full-time program.
The best online programs offer the same curriculum as the school’s on-campus program and apply the same admission requirements. Providing students with the ability to communicate with instructors and classmates in a face-to-face online environment is another hallmark of a good online program. In addition, candidates in online MAT programs should be provided with the opportunity to complete student teaching fieldwork in the local community.
Teacher preparation includes the completion of an accredited teacher education program. All new teachers must also participate in a two-year mentoring program focused on professional development.
Typically teacher education programs consist of a combination of curricula and fieldwork. The curricula often includes instruction on foundational knowledge and skills, pedagogy (or the art and science of teaching) and preparing students to research, design and implement learning experiences in their field of study. The fieldwork component can include field observations, student teaching and an internship.
While the involvement in an education program may seem financially daunting, a number of financial resources specifically for teachers exist around the country. For more information on this, visit our page on scholarships for teachers. For more scholarships for teachers exclusive to the State of Missouri, visit our Missouri Teacher Scholarships page.
Graduates of accredited colleges or universities whose bachelor’s degree was not in education and who have not yet earned a traditional teaching certificate, can still receive an alternative teaching certificate by satisfying certain requirements. Visit the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education for more information.
Principles of Learning and Testing All teaching candidates obtaining certification in grades 5-9, 9-12 and/or K-12 are required to complete and pass the Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) test in their area of certification.
Missouri Required Tests
Middle School (5-9)
PLT: Grades 5-9
Secondary (K-12; 9-12)
PLT: Grades 7-12
Content Area Assessments All teaching candidates seeking their Missouri teacher licensure must complete and pass the content test(s) required for their specific licensure area.
Incentives to teach in high-needs schools or shortage subject areas: Missouri provides no additional compensation for teachers teaching in high-needs schools or teachers teaching in shortage subject areas.