Missouri State University

Transferring your Certification from Missouri to Another State

Once you have completed one of our DESE and NCATE approved teacher certification programs and have earned your Missouri Teachers Certificate, you can then begin the process of transferring that certification to your home state.  If you know ahead of time that you will be moving from Missouri to another state, we recommend that you check with the Department of Education in that state prior to enrollment in any of our programs to make sure that this certification will transfer from Missouri to your state.  While some states will accept a valid Missouri Teaching Certificate in transfer with no additional coursework or tests, other states may require additional coursework, tests or both.

Because the transfer process varies from state to state, please contact the Department of Education in your home state for more details on the transfer of your certification.  Most states will require that you complete an "Out of State" packet that will include a copy of your teaching certificate, official transcripts, a completed application, verification of tests taken (ACT, CBase, Praxis II, etc.) and an "Institutional Verification Form".  If your state requires that the institution where you completed your program complete an Institutional Verification Form, please send that form to:

    Teacher Certification
    Missouri State University
    901 S. National Ave.
    Springfield, MO  65897

Please include detailed instructions including:

  • Your name, address and phone number (if not on the form)
  • Instructions describing where you want the form sent. Some states require that the form be sent directly to the State Department of Education. Other states require that all materials be sent to the applicant and sent to the State in one complete packet.

If you have questions regarding the transfer of certification to another state, please contact the Teacher Certification Office at 417-836-8772.

State contact information

StateOffice NamePhone NumberWebsite
Alabama State Department of Education 334-242-9977 www.alsde.edu
Alaska Alaska Department of Education & Early Development - Teacher Certification 907-465-2831 www.eed.state.ak.us/teachercertification
Arizona Department of Education - Educator Certification 602-542-4367 http://www.azed.gov/educator-certification/
Arkansas Arkansas State Dept. of Ed. - Office of Educator Licensure 501-682-4342 http://www.arkansased.org/divisions/
human-resources-educator-effectiveness-and-licensure/educator-licensure-unit
California California Commission on Teaching Credentialing 888-921-2682 www.ctc.ca.gov
Colorado Colorado Department of Education - Educator Licensing Unit 303-866-6628 www.cde.state.co.us/index_license.htm
Connecticut Connecticut State Dept. of Ed. - Bureau of Educator Standards and Certification 860-713-6969 http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/
view.asp?a=2613&Q=321230
Delaware Department of Education - Licensure/Certification Office 302-735-4120 https://deeds.doe.k12.de.us/default.aspx
District of Columbia Educator Licensure Services 202-741-5881 http://osse.dc.gov/service/
educator-licensure-services
Florida Florida Department of Education - Bureau of Educator Certification 850-245-5049 www.fldoe.org/edcert/
Georgia Georgia Professional Standards Commission - Certification Section 404-232-2500 www.gapsc.com
Hawaii Hawaii Teacher Standards Board 808-586-2600 www.htsb.org/
Idaho State Dept. of Ed - Certification/Professional Standards Commission 208-332-6882 http://www.sde.idaho.gov/site/teacher_certification/
Illinois State Board of Education - Division of Educator Certification 217-557-6763 www.isbe.state.il.us/certification/default.htm
Indiana Indiana Department of Education - Office of Educator Licensing and Development 317-232-9010 http://www.doe.in.gov/student-services/licensing
Iowa Iowa State Board of Education Examiners 515-281-3245 www.state.ia.us/boee
Kansas Kansas State Department of Education - Teacher Education and Licensure 785-296-2288 http://www.ksde.org/Agency/DivisionofLearning
Services/TeacherLicensureandAccreditation.aspx
Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board - Division of Certification 502-564-4606 www.kyepsb.net/
Louisiana LA Dept. of Ed. - Division of Certification, Preparation, & Recruitment 877-453-2721 https://www.teachlouisiana.net/teachers.aspx
Maine Department of Education - Administrator and Teacher Certification 207-624-6603 www.maine.gov/education/cert/index.html
Maryland Maryland State Department of Education - Certification Branch 410-767-0412 www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/divisions/certification/
Massachusetts Dept. of Ed. - Office of Educator Preparation 781-338-3292 http://www.doe.mass.edu/edprep/nasdtec.html
Michigan Michigan Dept. of Ed. 517-373-3324 http://www.michigan.gov/
mde/0,4615,7-140-6530_5683_14795---,00.html
Minnesota Department of Education - Educator Licensing Office 651-582-8691 www.education.state.mn.us/MDE/EdExc/Licen/index.html
Mississippi Mississippi Dept. of Ed. 601-359-3513 http://www.mde.k12.ms.us/educator-licensure
Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education - Teacher Education and Certification 573-751-0051 www.dese.mo.gov/divteachqual/teachcert/
Montana Office of Public Instruction - Educator Licensure 406-444-3150 www.opi.mt.gov/cert/
Nebraska Department of Education - Teacher Education and Certification 402-471-0739 http://www.education.ne.gov/TCERT/index.html
Nevada Nevada Department of Education - Office of Teacher Licensure 702-486-6458 http://nvteachers.doe.nv.gov/
New Hampshire New Hampshire Dept. of Ed. - Bureau of Credentialing 603-271-2408 http://www.education.nh.gov/certification/index.htm
New Jersey Department of Education - Office of Teacher Licensure and Credentials 609-292-2070 http://www.state.nj.us/njded/educators/license/
New Mexico New Mexico Public Education Department 505-827-5821 http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/educators.html
New York New York State Education Department - Certification Unit 518-474-3901 www.highered.nysed.gov/tcert/
North Carolina NC Department of Public Instruction - Licensure Section 919-807-3310 http://www.ncpublicschools.org/licensure/beginning/
North Dakota North Dakota Department of Public Instruction - Education Standards and Practices Board 701-328-9641 http://www.nd.gov/espb/
Ohio Ohio Dept. of Ed. - Office of Educator Licensure 877-644-6338 http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Teaching/
Educator-Licensure
Oklahoma Oklahoma State Dept. of Ed. - Teacher Certification 405-521-3337 http://www.ok.gov/sde/educators-page
Oregon Teacher Standards & Practices Commission 503-378-3586 www.tspc.state.or.us/
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Department of Education - Division of Certification Services 717-787-3356 http://www.education.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/
community/pa_certification/8635
Rhode Island Rhode Island Dept. of Ed. - Office of Educator Quality and Certification 401-222-8892 http://www.ride.ri.gov/TeachersAdministrators/
EducatorCertification.aspx
South Carolina South Carolina State Dept. of Ed. - Educator Licensure 803-896-0325 https://ed.sc.gov/agency/se/Educator-Services/
Licensure/
South Dakota Department of Education and Cultural Affairs - Office of Accreditation and Certification 605-773-3134 www.doe.sd.gov/
Tennessee Tennessee Department of Education - Office of Teacher Licensing 615-532-4885 http://www.state.tn.us/education/lic/
Texas Texas Education Agency - State Board of Education Certification 512-936-8400 http://www.tea.state.tx.us/index2.aspx?
id=5830&menu_id=865&menu_id2=794
Utah Utah State Office of Education - Out of State Licensure 801-538-7575 http://www.schools.utah.gov/cert/
Vermont State Department of Education - Educator Licensing Office 802-828-2445 www.state.vt.us/educ/
Virginia Department of Education - Division of Teacher Education and Licensure 804-225-2022 http://www.doe.virginia.gov/teaching/licensure/
Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Administration - Professional Certification 360-725-6400 www.k12.wa.us/certification/
West Virginia Department of Education - Office of Professional Preparation 800-982-23798 http://wvde.state.wv.us/certification/
Wisconsin Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction 800-441-4563 http://dpi.wi.gov/content/schools-educators
Wyoming Professional Teaching Standards Board 307-777-7291 http://ptsb.state.wy.us/