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Educator Certification: 573-751-0051 or certification@dese.mo.gov

  • Teacher Certification; Substitute Teacher Certification; fingerprints and background checks

High School Equivalency (GED):  573-751-3504 or hse@dese.mo.gov

  • GED Certificates; HiSET Certificates; Testing information

Data Systems Management:  573-522-3207 or dsm@dese.mo.gov

  • MCDS Portal; Web Applications and password reset; Core Data

Custodian of Records: 573-751-3527 or recordscustodian@dese.mo.gov

  • Sunshine Law Requests

Special Education:  573-751-5739 or specialeducation@dese.mo.gov

Special Education - IEPs: 573-751-0699 or secompliance@dese.mo.gov

Student discipline issues: Under Missouri law, the local board of education in your school district is authorized to establish “all needful rules and regulations” to govern the operation of your school district, including student discipline. For this reason, the Department does not have the authority to change a student’s suspension or expulsion from school. If you disagree with a decision by school officials, or with the actions of a school employee, we recommend that you review your school's policy (usually available on your school's website) to determine your options for resolving your complaint or concern. 

Home schooling:  The Department does not regulate or monitor home schooling. There is no registration required with the state. There is no program for the inspection, approval, or accreditation of home schools in Missouri. The state does not provide any curriculum guidance or materials. If your child currently attends a public school, the parent or legal guardian should follow the school’s policy on withdrawing the child from school. If a home-school student is enrolled in a public school, the school will follow local board policy for placement of the student. There is no state recognized high school diploma for home schooled students. Home schooled students may take the high school equivalency examination to obtain a HSE (formerly GED) certificate. 

Customer Service Representative: 573-751-4212 or communications@dese.mo.gov

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