Substitute Certificates

Steps to Complete a Substitute Certificate

  1. Application from DESE profile
  2. Completion of FBI Fingerprinting background check using registration code 2301.
  3. Submission of original transcripts to DESE showing completion of a minimum of sixty (60) college semester hours.

Before applying for a substitute certificate, ensure that a DESE Online Profile has been created. Once that step is complete, follow the process below to apply for a Substitute Certificate.

This is the ONLY application you will need to complete in order to obtain a substitute certificate. Do not complete any other applications at this time, as they will be returned to you.

  1. Log in to DESE Web Applications with user ID and password, then choose the Educator Certification System link located on the User Applications page.


  2. Find "Applications" in the left menu and choose "Substitute Certificate".
  3. Complete and submit the Substitute Certificate application choosing "Content Substitute" as the type of application . A processing fee of $50.00 is required which may be paid by credit/debit card.
  4. Obtain an official paper transcript by logging into My Missouri State.  Choose Student -> My Academic Record -> Official Transcript Request. There is a $10.00 charge for your transcript. A transcript can also be obtained by going to the Registrar's office in Carrington Hall, Room 320.  DESE will only accept paper transcripts.
  5. Write your Educator ID number (located on DESE profile) on the outside of the transcript envelope and mail to: Educator Certification, P.O. Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480.
  6. You may also attach a document (Microsoft Word, Adobe PDF) that lists your name and educator ID, and the registrar’s office will include the information with your transcript.