Educator Preparation

Educator Preparation serves Missouri education by:

  • Supporting Educator Preparation Programs in the recruitment and preparation of educators
  • Clarifying and enforcing standards for educator preparation set by the Missouri State Board of Education​​​​​

Announcement: Pearson Testing Fee Waiver

DESE has designated $500,000 for test fee waivers. Between June 6 and September 30, 2023 (or until the funds are exhausted) individuals will be able to register, at no cost, for the following Pearson assessments: Paraprofessional, MoGEA, and Missouri Content Assessments (MoCA). Click here for additional information.

Becoming an Educator
Educator Preparation Information
Click here to find information about becoming an educator in Missouri
Click here to find information about Educator Preparation
(memos, webinars, MoSPE standards, Code of State Regulations, etc.)


  • Daryl Fridley, Ph.D., Coordinator
  • Buddy Alberson, M.A., Director
  • Marcia Patridge, Administrative Assistant

Contact Information
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