Temporary Teacher Certification in Missouri

In a moment's notice, temporary teachers may be called in to replace full-time educators for an extended period of time. Find out what you'll need to take on this role, including education and administrative requirements!

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According to the National Education Association, Missouri makes no distinction between substitutes and temporary teachers. Temporary teachers can be considered long-term substitutes, and as such, the same legislation governing substitute teachers applies to temporary teachers.

Requirements for Certified Temporary Teachers in Missouri

Average Salary for Temporary/Substitute Teachers in Missouri (2017)* $26,200
Required Degree 60 higher education credits for substitutes
Degree Field None required for substitutes
Testing Requirements No exams necessary

Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Education Requirements for Temporary Teacher Certification in Missouri

Depending on your career aspirations as a temporary teacher, you could take a few different paths with your educational endeavors. Temporary teachers in Missouri are required to have at least sixty credits from an accredited institution of higher education. This could come from continuing education courses, or you might consider attending a two-year associate program, which typically adds up to approximately sixty hours. For example, an Associate in Arts Degree in Mathematics will cover courses such as statistics, calculus for business and social science, and discrete structures for computer science.

If you decide to pursue a career as a contracted full-time educator, you will need a bachelor's degree as a minimum. A Bachelor of Science in Middle School Education allows you to specialize in language arts, math, science, or social sciences. A full student teaching practicum is part of any accredited teacher preparation education program as well.

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Testing and Certification Requirements for Temporary Teachers in Missouri

The state of Missouri does not have any required examinations in their MEGA (Missouri Educator Gateway Assessment) list for temporary teachers. In order to enter an associate program to earn the sixty credits required for temporary teaching, students should submit transcripts and their SAT scores, or those of an equivalent exam, to the college they plan to attend. If you decide to pursue teaching as a full-time position, the number of MEGA exams for you to take will depend on grade level and subject taught.

For new temporary teachers to become certified in Missouri, a profile must be created in the state's online educator certification system. Upon completing the substitute application, a fee of $50, payable by credit/debit card or direct bank debit, should be paid. If not already on file with the state department of education, transcripts from all institutions attended have to be sent directly from each school - photocopies are not accepted. Users can check their educator profile to determine if transcripts have been received. Finally, a new criminal background history report has to be completed before a certificate can be issued. This can be completed through the Missouri State Highway Patrol's website, where you can find instructions on where to get fingerprinted.

Additional Resources for Temporary Teacher Certification in Missouri

Study.com has the resources you need to review any material you might be teaching as a temporary replacement for a classroom. Check out a few of the examples below to get a refresher on what you have learned through your own education experiences:

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