How to Become a Teacher in Missouri

Missouri boasts a student population of more than 900,000 K-12 students who attend more than 1,200 elementary schools, 380 middle schools, and almost 570 high schools throughout the state. To meet the needs of their large student population, the state employs around 1,700 professionals to work in a variety of faculty and administrative positions, according to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s website. Becoming a teacher in Missouri involves a series of steps, including four years of higher education, licensing examinations, and finally, Missouri teacher certification. Read on to learn more about how to get a job as a teacher in Missouri public schools.

Education Requirements

Individuals wishing to teach in Missouri public schools must hold a bachelor’s degree from a college or university with a teacher education program approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

Missouri Teaching Certification

Missouri offers education certification for Early Childhood (Birth through grade 3), Elementary (grades 1-6), Middle School Education (grades 5-9), and Secondary Education (grades 9-12). Certification to teach special education and other areas, including Gifted Education (K-12), is available as well.

Required Tests

Candidates for an initial education certification must complete and pass the Praxis II Content Knowledge exam appropriate to the subject area for which certification is being requested. If no applicable content knowledge or specialty area is available for a subject area, the candidate will instead take the Praxis II Principles of Learning and Teaching exam appropriate to the grade range for which certification is being requested.

State Certification Reciprocity

Out-of-state candidates for must hold a valid teaching certificate from another state in order to be granted a comparable Missouri certificate. A complete check list for out-of-state candidates applying for a Missouri teacher license/certificate is available on the DESE website.

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Avila University

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11901 Wornall Rd
Kansas City, MO 64145-1698
(816) 942-8400

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Baptist Bible College

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628 E Kearney
Springfield, MO 65803-3498
(417) 268-6060

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary

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15800 Calvary Road
Kansas City, MO 64147-1341
(816) 322-0110

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • Association for Biblical Higher Education, Commission on Accreditation

Central Methodist University-College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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411 Central Methodist Square
Fayette, MO 65248-1198
(660) 248-3391

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors

College of the Ozarks

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100 Opportunity Avenue
Point Lookout, MO 65726-0017
(417) 334-6411

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors

Crowder College

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601 Laclede Ave
Neosho, MO 64850
(417) 451-3223 Ext: 5536

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Culver-Stockton College

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One College Hill
Canton, MO 63435-1299
(573) 288-6000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Masters

Drury University

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900 N.Benton
Springfield, MO 65802-3791
(417) 873-7879

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters

East Central College

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1964 Prairie Dell Rd
Union, MO 63084
(636) 584-6500

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Evangel University

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1111 N Glenstone
Springfield, MO 65802-2125
(417) 865-2811

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Fontbonne University

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6800 Wydown Blvd
Saint Louis, MO 63105-3098
(314) 862-3456

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors

Hannibal-LaGrange University

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2800 Palmyra Rd
Hannibal, MO 63401-1999
(573) 221-3675

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters

Kansas City Art Institute

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4415 Warwick Blvd
Kansas City, MO 64111-1874
(816) 472-4852

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Post-Bachelors

Lincoln University

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820 Chestnut Street
Jefferson City, MO 65101
(573) 681-5000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Masters
  • Post-Masters

Lindenwood University

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209 S Kingshighway
Saint Charles, MO 63301-1695
(636) 949-2000

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Maryville University of Saint Louis

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650 Maryville University Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63141-7299
(800) 627-9855

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelors
  • Doctoral
  • Masters

Metropolitan Community College-Kansas City

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3200 Broadway
Kansas City, MO 64111-2429
(816) 604-1000

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Accrediting Agency:

  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Mineral Area College

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5270 Flat River Road
Park Hills, MO 63601-1000
(573) 431-4593

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 2-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Certificate

Missouri Baptist University

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One College Park Dr
Saint Louis, MO 63141-8698
(877) 434-1115

Type of School:

  • Private not-for-profit
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Doctoral
  • Masters
  • Post-Bachelors
  • Post-Masters

Missouri Southern State University

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3950 E. Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801-1595
(417) 625-9300

Type of School:

  • Public
  • 4-year

Programs Offered:

  • Associates
  • Bachelors
  • Certificate
  • Masters
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