Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Educator Certification
PO Box 480
Jefferson City, MO  65102-0480

(573) 751-0051
Email:  certification@dese.mo.gov
Website:  Become a Certified Teacher

An applicant who completed a teacher education program in another state and who possesses a valid professional certificate in that state may be granted a Missouri certificate in an area most closely aligned to the certification if Missouri issues such certificate. If an educator is completing or has completed a teacher education program in another state (either on campus or online), it would be beneficial to obtain that state’s certificate whether one plans to reside in that state or not. In most cases, a Missouri certificate is issued with no further coursework or test requirements.  If an area of certification is not equivalent, an educator may be evaluated based upon Missouri’s current requirements for the most closely aligned certificate.