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Missouri Out-of-State Teacher Certification

As you plan to move to Missouri in pursuit of a teaching job, you'll want to make note of the requirements needed for obtaining certification. Read on to find out how your existing credentials will factor into your job search!

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Teachers from other states wishing to get their certification in Missouri have a similar process to undergo before they obtain the right to teach in their own classrooms. A degree, exams, and administrative procedures are all part of the journey to obtain a teaching certificate.

Certification Requirements for Out-of-State Missouri Teachers

Average Salary for Teachers in Missouri (2017)* $52,700 (elementary), $52,620 (middle), $51,720 (secondary)
Required Degree Bachelor's
Degree Field Elementary, Middle, or Secondary Education
Testing Requirements None for teachers with existing licenses from out of state

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Education Requirements for Out-of-State Missouri Teacher Certification

Like all educators certified by the state, teachers coming to Missouri should have obtained a bachelor's degree in an education program that includes a proper teacher preparation program with a student teaching experience. A Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education program prepares students for teaching the first through sixth grades. While earning this degree, you might take classes such as social justice and diversity, child and adolescent development, and communities, schools and families.

Grades five through nine can be taught with a Bachelor of Science in Middle School Education. During this program, you can choose one of four concentration areas: mathematics, social sciences, science, or language arts. You will also take classes like schools and societies, middle school instructional methodologies, and applications of media and technology. Finally, the Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education program may see you collaborate with a different department to specialize in a specific area of education. For example, a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education with a concentration in English Education could include courses similar to African-American literature, multicultural education and diversity, and modern English grammar.

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Testing and Certification Requirements for Out-of-State Missouri Teacher Certification

Certified or licensed teachers who received their credentials in another state are not required to undergo the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA), provided they fulfill all necessary obligations to become certified in Missouri. The online application for Non-Missouri Graduates must be submitted, along with a $100 fee payable by credit/debit card or direct bank withdrawal. Teachers from another state who do not currently possess certification in another state must forward their completed applications to the certification officer where the undergraduate degree program was completed.

Transcripts from all schools attended while earning an education degree should be sent directly from each institution. Photocopies are not considered official, and a minimum 2.5 out of 4.0 GPA is necessary for certification. If a teacher already possesses a valid certificate or license from another state, they must be sure to include a copy of it when they submit the completed application. For verification of teaching experience, two options are available: the official form provided by the State of Missouri's website, or an official letter from the teacher's former school district confirming a valid contract and a minimum of part-time employment. Finally, a full criminal background check must be completed through the Missouri Highway Patrol.

Additional Resources for Out-of-State Missouri Teacher Certification

As you prepare to make the move to Missouri, review what you have already learned with Study.com's online educational database. Whether it's for your own personal use, or to get an idea for lesson plans for your future classroom, Study.com has the tools you need to improve your teaching skills!

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