MO Teacher Certification Application Information and Instructions - Reciprocity Pathway

Missouri Teacher Certification Application Requirements and Instructions - Reciprocity Pathway

 must obtain your initial teaching license in Utah 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 a bachelor's degree, a Master of Science in Special Education degree, or a post baccalaureate certification program must graduate and have their degree posted to their WGU transcript. Students who are pursuing a Master of Arts in Teaching 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 any program required Praxis exams as well as all state required exams. 


If you completed WGU's Bachelor of Arts, Science (5-9), Post-baccalaureate Teacher Preparation, Science (5-9), or Master of Arts in Teaching, Science (5-9), then please click here for your teacher certification application instructions.



Application Instructions for Certification via the Reciprocity Pathway:

Utah Certification: To obtain a Utah teaching license, candidates must have a valid background clearance on file with the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and all Praxis exams required for licensure must be submitted to the USBE before the license recommendation can be completed. You can find more information about these requirements by clicking here. Once all certification requirements have been met, email the WGU Licensure Office at and ask that a recommendation be submitted to the USBE for your Utah license. WGU's Licensure Office will submit your recommendation and email you a set of instructions for claiming your Utah teaching license. 
Once you receive your Utah license, you may apply for a license in Missouri by following the reciprocity pathway below.


Step 1: Review the Missouri instructions for applicants who possess a valid professional certificate from another state.

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 Any information sent to the Department should include a name and either a Social Security Number or Educator ID number. 





Article Number: 19823, 1463