Missouri Certification Requirements and Available Licenses for the Direct & Approved Pathway

Missouri Certification Requirements and Available Licenses for the Direct & Approved Pathway 


For available licenses via the reciprocity pathway, please click here.


Elementary Education, 1-6
Special Education Mild/Moderate Cross-Categorical Disabilities, Grades K-12
Middle School Mathematics, 5-9
Middle School Science, 5-9


Missouri has the following general requirements for applicants for initial teacher certification via the direct & approved licensure pathway:


1. PROGRAM COMPLETION: A bachelor’s degree or higher from a college or university with a teacher education program approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.


2. GPA REQUIREMENT: The applicant must possess an overall GPA of 2.75 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher in both content area and professional education coursework.


3. RECOMMENDATION: A recommendation for certification from the designated official for teacher education at the college or university where the program was completed.


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


5. ASSESSMENTS: Obtain a passing score on the appropriate Missouri assessment(s).


6. TRANSCRIPTS: Official transcripts documenting completion of an approved teacher education preparation program. WGU will send transcripts directly to DESE on your behalf.



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