Missouri Teacher Certification Application Requirements and Instructions
You must obtain your initial teaching license in Washington prior to applying for Missouri certification as an out-of-state license holder.
Certification requirements: To be eligible for recommendation by the WGU Licensure Office, students completing the Bachelor of Arts in Science (5-9) or the Post-baccalaureate Teacher Preparation program in Science 5-9 must graduate. Students who are pursuing the Master of Arts in Teaching, Science (5-9) degree who have a regionally accredited bachelor's degree must have marks of "pass” on their Degree Plan for all teacher preparation assessments to include the program required Praxis exam as well as all state required exams.
Application Instructions for Certification via the Reciprocity Pathway:
Step 1: You must have completed and cleared a Washington State Patrol/ FBI background check within the past two years. If you have questions on the expiration date of your clearance, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Step 2: Download Washington Form 4020E: Verification of Program Completion and Character. Fill out Section A. Then, send the form to WGU’s Certification Office via e-mail at email@example.com or fax to 1-801-401-7961. Please include your WGU Student ID in your e-mail or on the fax cover page. WGU’s Certification Office will complete the form and return it to you as an e-mail attachment for upload to your E-Certification application.
Step 3: If you have not done so earlier, create an account in the Washington Education Data System (EDS) portal. Wait at least 15 minutes, then click on "My Applications" and locate "E-Certification" from the application list. Enter E-Certification and be sure your profile information is correct, especially your Social Security number. You may wish to consult the login instruction sheet for additional assistance with creating an account.
Step 4: Continue to apply for your Residency Teacher certificate online by following the instructions provided by Washington OSPI.
Step 2: Request official transcripts in sealed envelopes from every college you have attended. Two copies of your final WGU transcript will be sent to you along with your diploma upon graduation. If you would like to order additional transcripts you may do so by following these instructions. We do not recommend requesting transcripts until you have received notice of graduation. That way your graduation date will appear on your transcript. Master of Arts in Teaching students may request transcripts after completing the teacher preparation portion of their Master of Arts in Teaching program. Be sure to leave your transcripts in the sealed envelopes to be included with your application packet.
Step 3: Go to the DESE Secured Web Application Logon and click the Register button to create your online account with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
Step 4: Once you have created your online account, log in and click on the link to the “Educator Certification System” to enter the application section of the website, and then click on “3) Applications>Non-MO Graduate” to access the Non-Missouri Graduate Application and the Application Checklist. You do not need to supply an Institutional Recommendation because you will be submitting a copy of your Utah teaching license by mail with your other application materials.
Step 5: You must complete a fingerprint-based criminal background check in order for your application to be processed. Contact information and instructions for completing the background check are provided on the Application Checklist.
Step 6: Complete the Non-Missouri Graduate Application:
- Verify that the information in your Profile is correct;
- Answer the Professional Conduct questions;
- For Purpose of Application, select “Applying with a valid Out of State Educator Certificate(s);”
- Enter the type(s) of Missouri certificate(s) you are applying for;
- Enter the information about your Utah license;
- List all content exams you passed for your Utah and Missouri licensure;
- Enter the information about your teaching experience, if any;
- Choose your payment option, read and accept the Sworn Statement, and click on the “Submit” button once you have verified all the information in the application.
Step 7: Compile all of the application documents:
1. Official transcripts;
2. A copy your Utah teaching certificate;
3. A copy of your PRAXIS score report(s);
4. Processing fee paid by check or money order made payable to "Treasurer, State of Missouri" (if you chose this option and did not submit your payment online).
Step 8: Submit all of these materials together in one packet to
Educator Certification Office
PO Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480.
You can check the status of your application through your online account. For assistance, call (573) 751-0051 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Any information sent to the Department should include a name and either a Social Security Number or Educator ID number.