Reactivate Certificate

There are two ways to reactivate an inactive Missouri professional certificate:

1. If you are not contracted at least half-time as an educator by a Missouri school district

  • You will need to complete a 2-3 semester hour college course.  The course may be at the undergraduate or graduate level.  It should be relevant to your professional growth as an educator. It should not be a repeat of a course you have already completed. Once you complete the course and it is posted on a transcript, you will need to complete an online Reactivation application.  The course you choose to use for reactivation may not be over six months old at the time you submit the Reactivation Application.  Original transcripts verifying completion of the course must be submitted to the department for verification.

Please note:  This option is not available for administrative or Adult Education Literacy (AEL) areas of certification.

2. If you are contracted at least half-time as an educator by a Missouri school district

  • You will need to complete the online Reactivation application and submit it to your school district.  The application will prompt you to choose your employing Missouri school district.  The district will verify your employment and submit your application to the department for approval.  By submitting the application, your school district is attesting that you will complete 24 contact hours of professional development either six months prior to or after reactivation of your certificate.
  • If your current background check clearance is over a year old, you will be required to complete a new fingerprint check.


To access your certification account (online profile) you must first log into DESE Web Applications with a userid and password, and then choose the Educator Certification System link located on the User Applications page.  Your certification account (online profile) provides access to each of the following:

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

Please Note:  If you have not logged in to your certification account (online profile) in over 5 years, then you will need to register for a new userid and password in order to restore your access.  You will need to follow steps 1 & 2 of the Educator Certification System Help Guide to complete this process.