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.

Content Directors

Content Contact
Comprehensive Literacy State Development Program Cassandra Beaty
Curriculum Susan German
English Language Arts Vacant (
English Language Development Cammy Goucher
Fine Arts Kendra Franks
Literacy Heather Knight
Math Vacant (
Science Vacant (
Social Studies Vacant(
School Wellness/Health and Physical Education Vacant(

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.