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Missouri Teacher Certification

The American Board, also known as The American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE), offers a flexible, affordable path to earn your teaching certificate in Missouri. You can complete our self-paced program online without quitting your job or taking additional college courses.

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Certifications Offered in Missouri

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How It Works

To use a certificate from the American Board in the state of Missouri, candidates will need to complete the following steps:

1. Hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Candidates must graduate with a minimum 2.75 GPA or higher.

2. Complete the American Board program by passing the required pedagogy and subject area exams.

3. Spend 60 hours (6-12) or 90 hours (elementary) in a school working with children. Hours must be validated by the school principal. These hours can be completed in one of the following ways:

a. Spend 60/90 hours substitute teaching in a public school classroom. You must be the lead instructor for at least 45 of these hours.

b. Spend 60/90 hours substitute teaching in a public school or an accredited non-public school with at least 30 consecutive hours in the same classroom.

c. Spend 60/90 hours teaching as a paraprofessional in a public school or an accredited non-public school.

*Elementary Educator applicants: 90 hours as a substitute teacher or paraprofessional in a public school or accredited nonpublic school classroom is required, of which at least 30 hours must be completed in an elementary classroom.

4. Apply to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) for the 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 professional teaching certificate.

5. Once you secure a position in a Missouri school and begin teaching, you will have 4 years to upgrade your IPC to a Career Continuous Professional Certificate (CCPC), a renewable teaching certificate. You will become CCPC eligible after completing teaching experiences, mentoring, professional development, performance evaluations, and more.


Contact the DESE certification department at 573-751-0051 or for more information on these requirements. You may also visit the DESE website to learn more.

WIOA Funding

The American Board is WIOA funding approved in the State of Missouri with a reciprocal agreement with the State of Idaho.  For more information regarding WIOA funding, please contact your nearest Department of Labor office.

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