The state of Missouri grants a number of different teaching licenses, separating them between early childhood, elementary education, middle school, and subject certificates. Most teachers will start with an initial license, regardless of the age level they’re certified for. If you’d like to pursue one of these licenses, you will need to follow the traditional route of teacher education, or complete an alternative teacher certification program.

If you’ve completed or plan to complete teacher education in the state of Missouri, you’ll need to have your institution recommend you for certification based on your education and testing. If you’re a teacher from out of state, you will need to be recommended by your out of state institution or provide your valid teaching certificate as well as documented teaching experience. Teachers coming from a foreign country will need to have a transcript evaluation completed by a credentialing agency. If you have completed a bachelor’s degree, but do not have teacher education, you can choose from a number of alternative teacher certification programs in the state of Missouri. You may also choose to become certified by the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) for eligibility in specific teaching areas in Missouri. All Missouri teachers will also be required to complete a background check.

You will not find any extremely large school districts in the state of Missouri. However, you will be able to find plenty of teaching opportunities in large communities like Kansas City, Saint Louis, Springfield, and Independence. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education posts a limited amount of job opportunities on their website.

Missouri has specific requirements for professional development in teachers. Most teachers will fall under the professional certification standard, which requires a total of thirty professional development hours over the course of four years for initial certificate holders. If you hold career certification, you will need to complete 15 hours each year. Professional development can be completed in the form of traditional programs or through college credit at the rate of 1 college credit hour per 15 professional development hours.

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