MO Certification Requirements and Available Licenses - Reciprocity Pathway

Missouri Certification Requirements and Available Licenses - Reciprocity Pathway


Completers of WGU's teacher preparation programs will obtain an initial teaching license in Utah, then apply for a Missouri teaching license via the reciprocity pathway. Please see the Missouri State Advisories article for additional information. 



Early Childhood Education, Birth-Grade 3
Elementary Education, 1-6
Special Education-Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical Disabilities, Grades K-12
Middle School Mathematics, Grades 5-9
Middle School Science, Grades 5-9
Secondary Social Science, Grades 9-12
Secondary Mathematics, Grades 9-12
Secondary Biology, Grades 9-12
Secondary Chemistry, Grades 9-12
Secondary Earth Science, Grades 9-12
Secondary Physics, Grades 9-12
Secondary English, Grades 9-12
English for Speakers of Other Languages, K-12
Principal, K-8 or 7-12

Missouri has the following general requirements for applicants for initial teacher certification via the reciprocity pathway:


1. PROGRAM COMPLETION: Completion of a teacher education program that is approved to lead to teacher certification in the home-state of the program, and possession of a teaching certificate from the home-state of the program. 

2. DEGREE REQUIREMENTS: Graduation from a Bachelor's degree program offered by an accredited college or university.

3. BACKGROUND CLEARANCE: Background clearance resulting from completion of the required background check

4. PROVISIONAL TEACHER CERTIFICATION:  Due to the structure of WGU's curriculum, students are not eligible for Provisional certification in Missouri prior to completing their program.  




Article Number: 19807, 1795