The road to career certification is shorter and less complicated than it was in
the past. Thanks in part to MSTA's lobbying efforts, Missouri now has a
simplified two-tiered certification plan. Here are some of the general
Initial Professional Certificate
This four-year license is issued to new college graduates and to teachers with
less than four years of experience. In order to maintain your initial
certificate and qualify for your career certificate, you must:
Complete a criminal background check.
Participate in a district mentoring program for a minimum of two years.
Complete 30 contact hours of professional development, which may include hours
in an appropriate college class.
Participate in a beginning teacher assistance (BTA) program. These hours do not
count toward your professional development hours.
Complete a performance-based teacher evaluation.
Have a local professional development plan.
Complete four years of teaching as defined by the state board of education.
Career Continuous Professional Certificate
This certificate will be continuous (life) based upon completion of 15 contact
hours of professional development per year, which may include hours in an
appropriate college class. Career educators must continue to participate in
yearly performance-based teacher evaluations.
Educators will be exempt from the professional development requirement if they
meet any two of the following standards.
Complete 10 years of teaching as defined by the state board of education.
Complete a master's degree.
Obtain rigorous national certification as approved by the state board of
Current certificate holders
Holders of PCI, PCII and CPC certificates will be issued the appropriate level
of certification based on their teaching experience and fulfillment of
requirements. Holders of lifetime certificates issued prior to Sept. 1, 1988,
will continue to be exempt from new certification laws.
The law allows the state board to issue a certificate to any person who
possesses a valid teaching certificate from another state. The Missouri
certificate will be commensurate with the applicant's years of experience in
the other state. Out-of-state applicants must complete a background check.
of Elementary and Secondary Education certification site
Check the status of your individual teaching certificate (You'll need
your name and social security number.)
Questions? Call the DESE certification department at (573) 751-0051.