Missouri - Educator Preparation and Licensure: Educator Licensure Policy

Educator Licensure Policy
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As listed in 5 CSR 20-400.150 Application for Certificate of License to Teach, applicants for a Missouri teaching certificate must hold a bachelor's degree, have at least a 2.5 GPA, and earn a passing score on the state certification examination.


(5) An applicant for a Missouri certificate of license to teach who has successfully completed a state-approved teacher preparation program must comply with the following additional criteria:
(A) The applicant must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university;
(B) The applicant must possess a grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, both overall and in the major area of study;
(C) The applicant must request and obtain the recommendation of the designated certification official from a state-approved baccalaureate
or higher level teacher preparation program; and
(D) The applicant must achieve a score equal to or in excess of the qualifying score on the exit assessment(s) as defined in the rules promulgated by the board. The official score report shall be submitted to the DESE.

Adopting Authority: 
State Board of Education
Implementing Authority: 
State Department of Education
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