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Learn everything you need to know about Missouri Teacher Certification.

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Missouri Teacher Certification Requirements

To become a teacher in Missouri, you must complete the follow steps:

Meet Education Requirements

  • Must have a bachelor’s degree from a state-approved education program.
  • Those with a non-education degree can complete a 30-credit graduate program.

Student Teaching Requirements

  • Missouri education students clock a minimum of 75 hours of supervised student teaching in various settings to ensure that they experience multiple grade levels with a diverse set of students.
  • Certification-seekers spend a minimum of 12 weeks working with an experienced teacher in their future certification and grade level before graduating.

Pass Required Exams

  • Students must successfully complete the Missouri Standards-Based Performance Assessment upon completing a teacher preparation program.
  • Additionally, prospective teachers must complete various content assessments based on their area of academic specialization.

Apply for Certification

  • Students can apply for teaching certification in Missouri once they complete all necessary academic and testing requirements.
  • The time it takes for Missouri’s Department of Education to process applications can vary and often takes more than six weeks.

Apply for Teaching Jobs

  • Once you have your teacher certification you can now start applying for jobs.
  • You can use job boards and search engines like Google to find open teacher positions in your area.

Most popular Missouri Teacher Certification Exams

Teachers in Missouri must pass the required MEGA exams to become a certified teacher.

MoGEA Reading Comprehension and Interpretation

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MEGA Middle School Education: Language Arts

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MEGA Professional Knowledge: Middle School

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Official MEGA Professional Knowledge: Middle School study guide to help you pass your exam!

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MEGA Middle School Education: Mathematics

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Official MEGA Middle School Education: Mathematics study guide to help you pass your exam!

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MEGA Professional Knowledge: Secondary

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Alternative Routes to Missouri Teacher Certification

A bachelor’s in education is a popular path for future educators in Missouri, but those with an unrelated undergraduate degree can supplement their degree with education classes and student-teaching experiences — this track can lead to a master’s degree in education.

How Do I Maintain Teaching Certification in Missouri?

Once earned, initial teaching certification in Missouri is valid for four years. During this initial certification, Missouri teachers must complete 30 hours of professional development and participate in an annual performance evaluation program.

How to Register For the Exams?

You can follow the following steps to register for your teacher certification exams:

  • Identify Your Exams: Determine the specific teacher certification exams you need to take. If you are a part of a certification program you should talk to your program advisor to determine which exams you need to take.
  • Create an Account: Visit the official testing service website and create an account.
  • Select Exam and Date: Login, choose your exam, and select a convenient test date and location.
  • Complete Registration: Follow instructions, provide necessary information, and pay exam fees online.

How To Study for Your Missouri Teacher Certification Exam(s)

To become a certified teacher you must pass your required exam(s). Luckily, we offer a wide variety of study guides to help you pass your exams and get closer to getting that teacher certificate. Our study guides offer practice questions, video lessons, quizzes and full length practice tests to ensure you are ready come test day! Our curriculum team studies all of the standards and competencies for the exams and cross-references them with the current and previous questions released by the official testing company. We then work with content and teaching experts to distill down what test-takers need to know. No matter where you are in the study guide, you can always see how the concept you are learning is aligned to the test standards.

Best Education Schools in Missouri

  • University of Missouri
  • University of Missouri–St. Louis
  • University of Missouri–Kansas City
  • Saint Louis University
  • Lindenwood University
  • Evangel University
  • Maryville University of St. Louis
  • Missouri Baptist University
  • Southwest Baptist University
  • Washington University in St. Louis

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Missouri Teacher Certification FAQs

Can you teach without a degree in Missouri?

No. A minimum of a baccalaureate degree from a college or university having a teacher education program approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is required.

What tests are required to become a teacher in Missouri?

You must pass a series of Missouri certification exams, called the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA), for an Initial Certificate.

Are teachers in demand in Missouri?

There is a teacher shortage — it’s just not as widespread as most believe. In total, across all certification areas, Missouri had 258 positions left vacant in 2022.

How long does a Missouri teaching certificate last?

Once you receive your initial Missouri teaching certificate, it is valid for four years.

Do you have to take the Praxis in Missouri?

Starting July 2024, perspective teacher in Missouri will need to take the Praxis exams to earn their certification.

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