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Teaching in Missouri Snapshot
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Steps to Becoming a Teacher in Missouri
Important Note: Education licensure requirements, statistics and other information are subject to change. Teach.com makes its best effort to keep content accurate; however, the official sources are the state education departments. Please confirm licensing requirements with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. (Last update: 02/12/2019)
Prerequisite Coursework in Missouri
All states require at least a bachelor’s degree to teach. Additionally, Missouri has very specific course requirements depending on desired grade level and content area.
Please visit the Missouri Certification Requirements Index or contact the Department of Education at (573) 751-4212 for more information, including elementary, middle and secondary education certification requirements as well as areas of specialized education. For more information on prerequisite coursework in Missouri, please visit Teach.com.
Missouri Teacher Certification Programs
Teacher certification programs can be taken online or on-site. They typically include an educational theory and classroom skills seminar and a fieldwork component of student teaching in the area. A list of approved teacher preparation programs can be found at the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education.
Required Tests for Missouri
Most states require tests to show competency in basic skills as well as in the desired subject area. Missouri requires the College Basic Academic Subjects Examination (CBASE) for admission to a college or university teacher education program. It also requires a series of tests called Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments, which includes several exams.
See details of each required test on the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments website.
You can learn more about the Praxis exams by visiting Teach.coms' Ultimate Guide to the Praxis Exams and read more about teacher certification tests on Teach.com.
Initial Teaching Certifications
To earn your Missouri teaching credential you will have to complete required the appropriate amount of undergraduate coursework and standardized tests, as well as an accredited certification program. Beginning teachers in Missouri receive an Initial Professional Certificate that is valid for 4 years.
Teachers who have met the requirements for full certification (which include two years of mentoring) are issued a permanent Career Continuous Professional Certificate (CCPC) and a Continuous Career Education Certificate (CCEC) which is valid for 99 years as long as performance evaluations are satisfactory and professional development requirements are met. Learn more about earning your Missouri teaching credential on the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education website.
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Alternative Certification in Missouri
Missouri allows prospective teachers to attend an accredited teacher preparation course or an alternative certification program while simultaneously teaching under a two-year provisional certificate. Additionally, Missouri recognizes the ABCTE alternate certification program. For more alternate certification info, visit the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education for details on alternative routes to certification.
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Certification Reciprocity in Missouri
Interstate reciprocity is a program that allows teachers certified in one state to teach in another state. Missouri is considered an “open” state and, in most circumstances, will honor a valid and active teacher license from another state. Please visit Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education for more information or visit the Teach.com reciprocity page. Or, for more specific questions about your situation, contact the Missouri Department of Education.
To find out what other state teaching licenses can be used in Missouri, check out our Teacher Certification Reciprocity page on Teach.com.
Jobs, Benefits, and Opportunities for Teachers in Missouri
Missouri Teaching Jobs
Teachers in the state can use an employment resource exclusively for Missouri educators called Missouri Teaching JOBS website where applicants can search and apply for teaching jobs.
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education partnered with SuccessLink.org to create a searchable online database for Missouri teachers. Job seekers are able to browse teaching vacancies by region and by specialty and submit applications for them online.
Learn more about finding a teaching job on Teach.com.
Missouri Teacher Salary and Incentives
In Missouri, teachers earned an average of $48,293 in 2017-18, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Missouri does not provide any additional pay for teaching high-demand districts or school subject.
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Missouri Teacher Benefits and Retirement
Missouri public school teachers are covered by the Public School and Education Employee Retirement Systems of Missouri (PSRS/PEERS). Under PSRS/PEERS, teachers are eligible for full retirement at any age with at least 30 years of teaching service, or at the age of 60 with at least five 5 years of teaching service. Teachers with 25-29 years of teaching service are eligible for reduced-benefit retirement. Retirement compensation is determined by years of teaching experience and highest average salary.
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Missouri Teacher Shortage Areas
A teacher shortage occurs when there are not enough teachers in key subject areas, which has been partly caused by years of teacher layoffs during the Great Recession, a growing student population and fewer people entering teacher preparation programs, according to the Learning Policy Institute.
The following is a list of teacher shortage areas in Missouri for the 2017-18 school year, according to the U.S. Department of Education. (see page 94)
- Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish)
- Special Education
- Agriculture Education
- Family and Consumer Sciences and Human Services
- Health Occupations
- Industrial Technology
- Language Arts
- Marketing and Cooperative Education
- Occupational Family Consumer Sciences and Human Services Education
- Physical Education and Health
- Skilled Technical Sciences
- Social Studies
- Speech and Dramatics
- Technology and Engineering Education
Financial Aid in Missouri
Missouri residents are eligible for the Applegate/Jackson/Parks Future Teacher Scholarship as well as the TEACH Grant, a grant which gives financial aid to students in return for an agreement to teach in a high-need school.
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Professional Development for Missouri Teachers
Missouri uses a continuum of teacher standards toward which it gears a series of conferences and workshops. The state offers online professional development courses on its eMINTS website. To find out more about Missouri Professional Development, visit the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education’s page on educator quality.
While teaching under an Initial Professional Certificate (IPC), teachers in most core areas must complete 30 professional development contact hours. After being issued the permanent career certification, teachers must complete 20 professional development contact hours annually.
Benefits of a Master's Degree in Missouri
It is no longer enough to only have years of experience teaching. After No Child Left Behind and other academic quantification measures, teachers are almost solely evaluated by their success in the classroom. A master’s in teaching provides more educational theory and classroom skills, as well as more hands-on student teaching experience with a mentor.
In Springfield Public Schools, a new teacher with a master’s degree earns almost $4,000 more than a beginning teacher with only a bachelor’s degree and the differential grows wider with each year of experience. During the course of a teaching career, educators with a master’s can earn $17,000 more than a teacher without an advanced degree, according to the Missouri National Education Association.
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Explore Featured Program Options in Education
|University Name||Type of Program||Program Description|
|University of Southern California||Master of Arts in Teaching||The online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) from the USC Rossier School of Education prepares you to become a transformative K–12 teacher. Through live online classes and enriching field experiences in your community, you can earn your MAT in less than 18 months without relocating.|
|Fordham University||Master of Science in Teaching||The online Master of Science in Teaching program prepares aspiring teachers (grades 1-6) for initial teaching certification or dual certification in teaching and special education.|
|Harvard University's Bok Center||Advanced Certification in Teaching||The 8-week Teaching and Learning Strategies for Higher Education online short course is delivered by Harvard’s Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, in association with HarvardX. Students in this course will engage deeply with the most relevant research on effective teaching methods in the higher education context, while refining their own practices, portfolio, and teaching philosophy.|
|Vanderbilt University||Master of Education in School Counseling||Vanderbilt University's Peabody College offers an online Master of Education in human development counseling with a specialization in school counseling for students interested in becoming school counselors and making a meaningful difference in K–12 settings.|