You can become a teacher in Missouri on your own schedule, without quitting your current job or going into debt. Try our teacher certification program free for seven days and see if you are ready to start earning your Missouri teaching certificate. Enroll anytime and get started to become a Missouri teacher with the nonprofit American Board program.
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To become a teacher in Missouri with American Board’s teacher certification program, candidates will need to complete the following steps:
1. Hold a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Candidates must hold 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.
*To satisfy Missouri state requirements, candidates must submit to American Board all transcripts from all institutions at which courses were taken. Every course will be included in the calculations to meet the 2.75 GPA minimum.
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.