To use the ABCTE program to obtain a teaching certificate in Missouri, you will:
- Complete the American Board certification program. Use certificate in step 3.
Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requirements for using the American Board certificate: http://www.dese.mo.gov/ Phone: (573) 751-0051 or (573) 751-3847
DESE requires candidates to have a minimum 2.5 GPA
- Spend 60 contact hours in a school working with children (grades K-12). Hours must be validated by the school principal. Contact hours can be fulfilled at any time: before, during, or after the ABCTE program. These may be fulfilled using a combination of the following:
- Teaching in a public school classroom. You must be the lead instructor for at least 45 of the hours
- Substitute teaching with at least 30 consecutive hours in the same classroom
- Teaching in a private school
- Teaching as a paraprofessional
- Apply to DESE for Missouri Initial Professional Certificate (IPC) of License to Teach. This is valid for 4 years. You are now ready to begin applying to school districts and are considered to have a “highly qualified” certification.
*In Missouri, DESE administers the IPC as your first state license, regardless of the route to certification you choose. You will have 4 years to upgrade your license to the Career Continuous License primarily through professional development. Please see DESE’s website to learn how to upgrade your license. www.dese.mo.gov.
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