Substitute Teacher Training Information

Substitute Teaching 

The State of Missouri has two routes for earning a substitute teacher certificate.  The first option is for the candidate to earn 36 semester hours at an accredited institution of higher education.  (The required number of hours dropped from 60 in June of 2022 as a result of Governor Parson’s signing of SB 681.) The second option is to complete a high school degree and a DESE approved 20-hour training program. 

  • Currently approved substitute training program can be found here.
  • Individuals interested in pursing a Substitute Teaching Certificate can find more information here.

Becoming an Approved Substitute Training Provider

Educator Preparation Programs

Currently approved Educator Preparation Programs (EPP) wishing to offer a substitute teacher training program should submit the application below to eqprep@dese.mo.gov.

At the completion of each training session, EPPs must submit the template below with information about all new training completers.  Contact eqprep@dese.mo.gov for additional information about the Substitute Completer Template submission process.

Non-Educator Preparation Programs

Interested entities that have not previously been approved to prepare teachers in Missouri should contact DESE Educator Preparation at eqprep@dese.mo.gov regarding the process for submitting an application.