State law requires that newly hired staff who teach PE must be certified, licensed, or endorsed by the state in PE.
Assessments for Teacher Education and Certification in Missouri
To obtain a certification in K-12 Physical Education, educators must receive a passing score on the Missouri Content Assessment for Physical Education.
Missouri Code of State Regulations 5 20-100 Appendix A
- Each elementary student will receive instruction in art, music, and physical education for a minimum of fifty (50) minutes in each area each week (twenty-five (25) minutes in each area for half-day kindergarten classes). These classes shall be taught by teachers with appropriate certification.
Missouri Revised Statutes 167.720. Physical education required — definitions.
- As used in this section, the following terms shall mean:
- (2) “Physical education”, instruction in healthy active living by a teacher certificated to teach physical education structured in such a way that it is a regularly scheduled class for students;
Model Local Wellness Policy Procedures
This model local wellness policy from the Missouri School Board Association states that staff responsible for implementing the physical education program will be properly certified and regularly participate in area-specific professional development activities.