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Reactivate

  • If you are currently teaching with a professional classification certificate and it has expired or will expire soon, and you will not complete all requirements for upgrading within the next school year, you and your district will need to submit the online Reactivation application.
  • If you are newly contracted at least half-time as an educator by a Missouri school district and your certificate has expired or will expire soon, 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 DESE 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.

  • 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.

If your current background check clearance is over a year old, you will be required to complete a new fingerprint check.


 

The Certification Account Portal allows you to:

  • Apply for a certificate
  • Print out your certificate
  • View a certificate or pending application
  • View assessment scores
  • Check for the receipt of transcripts
  • Check fingerprint/background status
  1. Log into with your User ID and password (Locked out? Get help here)
  2. Choose the Educator Certification System link (located on the User Applications page.) 
  3. To establish a User ID and password, follow the directions of the Educator Certification Help Guide