Be a MO Teacher

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Become a Missouri Teacher.

Every student in Missouri deserves to have a highly qualified teacher leading their classroom. Resources on this page will help you learn more about how to become a certificated teacher in Missouri. Begin your journey today.

Start Planning Your Future in Education

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education works on behalf of students, teachers, parents and other stakeholders to ensure access to high-quality public education. As part of that responsibility, DESE sets standards and requirements that teachers must meet to earn a teaching certificate. Missouri offers a number of options tailored to meet the diverse needs of individuals considering a career in teaching.

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Find Your Path

Explore these teacher education programs, offered by partner universities, to find the option that best meets your needs.

In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.

Lee Iacocca