Apply for Your Certificate

Missouri State will recommend you for certification as a teacher, counselor or school administrator in Missouri once you have completed all requirements for that certification. For Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) instructions, please follow the links below.

Step 1: Create a DESE online profile

Regardless of the type of application you are submitting, you must first create a DESE Online profile. If you have already established an online profile, verify the information in your online profile is accurate.

Step 2: Obtain a teacher certificate

Certification with a non-teaching degree

Already have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university but not in teaching? Obtain your first teaching certificate with our help.