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Facts about the ABCTE Certification

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Facts about the ABCTE Certification Process

On May 1, 2008, Governor Matt Blunt signed Senate Bill 1066, authorizing another form of alternative certification of teachers in Missouri.  The law took effect August 28, 2008.  It allows persons who hold a certificate from the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) to be eligible for a regular Missouri teaching certificate in these areas:

  • Elementary Education
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English/Language Arts
  • General Science
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Social Science (Must pass the US and World History Tests)

By law, ABCTE certificate-holders are NOT eligible for a regular Missouri license in the areas of Early Childhood Education or Special Education.

Candidates for the ABCTE-based certificate must:

Successful applicants will be issued an Initial Professional Certificate by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Once employed, ABCTE certificate-holders will be subject to the same mentoring and professional development requirements that apply to all new teachers in Missouri schools.

Application Procedure

Application forms for the ABCTE-based certificate are available through the online Certification system.

For More Information

Visit www.ABCTE.org to learn more about the ABCTE program, examination process, and fees.



The Educator Certification System located within DESE Web Applications provides users with access to each of the following:

  • Apply for a certificate
  • Print out a certificate
  • View a certificate or pending application
  • View assessment scores
  • Check fingerprint/background status

Please Note:  If you have not logged in to your certification account in over 12 months, then you will need to register for a new userid and password in order to restore your access.  The directions to complete this process are located in the Educator Certification System Help Guide.


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