Educator Preparation

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) continues to receive many questions about COVID-19 and how it impacts student attendance, school closure, assessments and virtual education opportunities. We are aware that local education agencies (LEAs) must consider a number of factors when making decisions in this current situation.

Please note the following document for Educator Preparation and Certification from the Department:​

Program Information

The Office of Educator Preparation serves all public and independent educator preparation programs by:

  • Setting standards and requirements in the development of pre-service educator and accrediting educator preparation programs in Missouri.
  • Assisting with the development of model teacher, leader, librarian and counselor standards, as well as developing evaluation models for school personnel.

Contact Information

Staff

Jaimie Foulk Ph.D., Coordinator
Buddy Alberson, Assistant Director
Marcia Patridge, Administrative Assistant

Email: eqprep@dese.mo.gov
Phone: 573-751-1668
Fax: 573-522-6526

Mailing Address

Educator Preparation
c/o Office of Educator Quality
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
P.O. Box 480
Jefferson City, MO, 65102-0480

Street Address

3rd Floor, Jefferson Building
Office of Educator Quality
205 Jefferson Street
Jefferson City, MO, 65101

 

Steps to becoming an educator 1. GPA 2. MO Gen. Ed. Assessments 3. MO Performance Assessments 4. Cert. Requirements

Educator Standards

  Learn more about:

Teacher Certification Information

Teacher
Candidate

Administrators

Administrative
Candidate

Counselor Certification Information

Counselor 
Candidate

Librarian Certification Information

Librarian 
Candidate