Once you have completed all requirements for certification through one of our approved programs at Missouri State, you will apply for your certificate through your online DESE profile. The Teacher Certification Office will then verify your eligibility to be certified and will recommend you for certification in Missouri.
It typically takes 3-4 weeks after you have completed your last requirement for the Teacher Certification Office to verify final grades on transcripts, complete the certification paperwork and submit all materials to DESE.
- An Initial Professional Certificate (IPC) is the first certificate a new educator receives. 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. The applicant must have a recommendation for certification from the designated official for teacher education at the college or university where the program was completed. The applicant must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, both overall and in the content area. The applicant must obtain Missouri's passing score on the appropriate assessments.
- Complete one (1) online Initial Professional application and submit it to the Missouri institution where you completed your teacher education program. The institution will complete their portion and then forward the application to DESE for processing. If you have not received a background clearance within the past 12 months, you will need to do so.
- The application processing time is dependent on receipt of background clearance, institution recommendation, official transcripts, and current DESE workload. Your application status can be monitored online at the bottom of your profile screen and it is beneficial to the expediency of processing that you utilize this mode of checking the status of your certification.