Routes To Certification

Missouri has several methods for an individual to enter the education profession with a “certificate of license to teach.”  The following routes are available:

*The Missouri initial certificate is a four-year license requiring two-years of mentoring, annual evaluation, one year of beginning teacher assistance, a professional development plan, and professional development for a total of 30 contact hours during the four years.  Upon successful completion of the four years of teaching and requirements, the educator may apply for the career continuous certification.


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

Educator Certification System Help Guide