Adding Additional Teaching Certificates

How do I add additional certificates to teach?

There are several ways to add an additional teaching area to your certificate, and it depends on your situation.  Here are your options:

Students Currently Pursuing a Certification Program:You can pursue more than one area of certification at a time through coursework at Missouri State.  Simply contact the Teacher Certification Office at 417-836-8772 and ask us to complete an analysis for the additional area you wish to pursue.  We will develop a list of courses you are required to take to complete that additional area.  Remember that different areas in Secondary Education may share the same general education and professional education courses, but will have entirely different content area coursework.  On the other hand, the professional education courses for Elementary and Secondary Education are very different.

When it comes time for the Missouri Content Assessment (MCA) exam, you will need to take the MCA exam in each area of certification you are pursuing through coursework.  Effective September 1, 2014 DESE will not issue a certificate through coursework unless you also complete the corresponding MCA exam.

Adding Certification through Missouri Content Assessment (MCA) (formerly Praxis II Exam)Once you are certified to teach in any area, you can add certificates by passing the Missouri Content Assessment (MCA) in an additional area. (note:  Students adding middle school to a related area of Secondary Education will take the Professional Knowledge:  Middle School (#062) exam, not the middle school content area exam.  

PLEASE NOTE:  NOT ALL AREAS OF CERTIFICATION CAN BE ADDED THROUGH MCA EXAM.

The following areas CANNOT be added through MCA exam: 

  • Student Services Certificates in Counseling, School Psychologist,  Psychological Examiner or Education Administration
  • Special Reading Certification
  • Gifted Certification
  • Blind and Partially Sighted Certification
  • Deaf and Hearing Impaired and Speech/Language Pathologist Certification
  • Elementary Math Specialist Certification
  • Unified Sciences (Individual areas of categorical science can be added)
  • Severely Developmentally Disabled Certification
  • Middle School Agriculture, Business, Industrial Technology, Speech/Theatre (unless you hold the corresponding 9-12 certificate)
  • Hebrew, Italian, Latin, Russian
  • Journalism 

Added certificates through MCA exam may NOT be transferable to other states since you did not earn them through coursework.  If you plan to move to another state to teach and want to transfer all of your added certificates, you should contact that state for additional information.

When you take an MCA exam for an additional area of certification, that score is automatically sent to DESE.  However, they will NOT act on a passing score unless you formally request that they add an additional area.  To request an additional area of certification once you have passed the MCA exam in that area, please go to our  Applying for your Certificate website and click on the link for "added teaching certificate".

To register for the MCA exam, or to find a test at a glance or study guide for the test you would like to take, go to this website:  http://www.missouristate.edu/certification/ContentAssessment.htm

Currently Certified Teachers adding Certification Through Coursework:
If you are currently teaching and get offered a job teaching in a different area, you will need to have a certificate in that area.  If you can't earn it through passing the MCA Exam (it would be very difficult to pass the Math MCA exam without a strong math background) or if you plan to move to another state, you will want to earn the additional certificate through coursework.  To do so you need to contact DESE and ask them to perform a DESE analysis for the area you wish to add.  For instructions on completing this request, visit our applying for your certificate website and click on "Added Teaching Certificate":

WARNING:  THIS ANALYSIS COULD TAKE UP TO 10 WEEKS TO COMPLETE! Once completed, DESE will mail you the analysis.  This document will list the competencies you are missing for certification in that area, not specific courses.  You then need to bring the DESE analysis to the Teacher Certification office so we can identify the courses at Missouri State that will fulfill the missing competencies.

Early Childhood, School Counselor and Psychological Examiner programs:  If you are adding any of these certificates,  Missouri State is required to do your analysis, not DESE.  Simply contact our office and we will get started on your analysis.

If you are within 6 courses and/or a maximum of 18 hours, DESE will also send you paperwork for a provisional certificate in that area.  This would allow you to begin teaching in that area before actually finishing the coursework, and would give you two years to complete the remaining requirements.