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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

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

Missouri CAEP Partnership Agreement

Missouri AAQEP Partnership Agreement


Steps Towards Becoming an Educator

Grade Point AverageMissouri General Education AssessmentMissouri Content Area ExamsMissouri Performance AssessmentsCertification Requirements

Teachers Administrators Counselor Librarian
Teacher Candidate Administrative Candidate   Counselor Candidate


Librarian Candidate