The curriculum services section provides professional services related to the development and implementation of improved curricula in the schools of the state. The unit engages in a broad range of activities including: the preparation and dissemination of curricular materials; in-service training for professional staff members in curriculum development and in specific subject areas; and consultative assistance in solving instructional problems. Consultants provide services upon request in the areas of citizenship education, health and physical education, fine arts, reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, science and library/media. Particular emphasis is placed on assisting schools in aligning curriculum with the Show-Me Standards and the development of written curriculum guides required by the Missouri School Improvement Program and the Outstanding Schools Act.

Assessment Development Recruitment

As a part of the assessment development cycle, DESE Assessment invites Missouri educators to participate in the process to help provide expertise. Missouri is always looking for educators to participate in these meetings. If you wish to be considered for participation for any future development meetings, please complete the online submission form at Once finished, you will receive an email to the personal email address provided to confirm your submission.

Content Meetings

DESE’s Office of College and Career Readiness has scheduled free professional development opportunities for Missouri K-12 educators in the arts, English language arts, English language development, health/physical education, math, science and social studies. Register using the links found in the calendar below.

To view recordings and materials from these meetings, access the Content Area Hubs found here.

DESE Summer Learning: Standards, Assessment, and Artificial Intelligence Training

K-12 educators and Administrators are welcome to join the DESE’s Standards, Assessment, and Artificial Intelligence training on July 31 through August 1! This free training is designed to assist educators of all content areas and levels in developing a deeper understanding of the Missouri Learning Standards. Topics will include:

  • Standards Training:
    • Bundling standards in lesson development.
    • Supporting standards in relation to priority standards.
    • Utilizing disciplinary practices to foster deeper student understanding.
  • Assessment Development Training:
    • Understanding and using assessment documents: Item Specifications and Performance Level Descriptors.
    • Evaluating current assessment questions for rigor and informational value.
  • Artificial Intelligence Integration Training:
    • Basics of artificial intelligence and practical uses of ChatGPT.
    • Evaluating ChatGPT outputs against desired standards and rigor.

Training Dates:

  • July 31, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (lunch not provided)
  • August 1, 9:00 a.m. to noon


  • MORE NET, 221 N Stadium Blvd, Columbia, MO 65203

Register for the Standards, Assessment, and Artificial Intelligence training here.

Content Directors

Comprehensive Literacy State Development ProgramCassandra Beaty
CurriculumSusan German
English Language ArtsVacant (
English Language DevelopmentCammy Goucher
Fine ArtsKendra Franks
LiteracyHeather Knight
MathTraci Gardner (
ScienceVacant (
Social StudiesVacant(
School Wellness/Health and Physical EducationVacant(

College Prep Certificates

DESE will no longer produce College Prep Certificates for dissemination. The change is a result of the expectation that all students will be “College and Career Ready,” and that the standards for successful entry into the workplace are the same as those required for successful entrance into a college or university. In addition, graduation requirements now closely reflect the credit standards that had been required for the certificate. Districts may continue to offer such recognitions locally if desired.

Please contact the Office of Quality Schools at 573-751-4234 if you have additional questions.