This searchable directory is designed to assist in locating information pertaining to institutions of higher education in Missouri, which offer academic programs leading to professional educator certification. The institutions listed in this directory have met rigorous standards and are approved by the Missouri State Board of Education. The four-year institutions offer complete undergraduate programs from which candidates may be recommended for certification. Some of them have graduate programs for advanced certification and/or alternative programs for non-traditional candidates for certification. The two-year institutions offer programs that have been approved for preliminary stages of teacher preparation, from which credits may be transferred to the four-year institutions and counted toward fulfillment of the certification requirements.
Individuals who meet certain qualifications may earn a Missouri certificate of license to teach by completing a state-approved alternative teacher certification program at an institution of higher education in Missouri. These programs are designed for non-traditional students seeking Missouri teacher certification.