How do I Request a Formal Transcript Analysis?
Getting started couldn't be easier! In order to begin the process of earning your certification, you simply need to follow the steps below:
- Read the Postbac Teacher Certification Admission Criteria. In order to apply for any of our teacher certification programs, you must have a minimum 2.75 overall cumulative GPA. If you are not sure of your overall GPA, our office will calculate it and notify you of your GPA status. if you believe you meet this criteria, proceed to step 2.
- Complete the online Application for Postbaccalaureate Admission and Teacher Certification Transcript Analysis and pay the appropriate fee. This form admits you to Missouri State University as a teacher certification student, and allows us to analyze your transcripts for certification. No other application to Missouri State University is necessary to begin the process. If you decide to pursue certification through one of our masters degree programs, you will also complete the application process listed for that program. Students are required to pay a $25.00 fee for the first area of certification we analyze, and $15.00 for each additional area. You do not need to pay any additional fees if you indicate an interest in the MAT, SEACT or MSED programs. All fees must accompany the online request for a transcript analysis.
Request an official transcript from EVERY college and university where you have earned college credit. We require an official transcript from every college and/or university you have attended in the past, even if those courses were transferred to another university. The only exception is any credits you have earned at Missouri State University-Springfield or Missouri State University-West Plains. Please have your transcripts sent directly to our office from your prior universities so they will be official. For your convenience, you can use our Transcript Request Form if you need something to mail or fax to request your transcript. Our address is:
Missouri State University
Teacher Certification Office
901 S. National
Springfield, MO 65897
For electronic transcripts, our email is firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have had transcripts sent to Missouri State University since 1-1-2011, we may have them on file. Please contact the Teacher Certification Office at 417-836-8772 and we will be glad to check for you.
If your transcripts are from a country outside the U.S., those transcripts must be evaluated by a Foreign Credentialing Agency before we can accept them. Once the transcripts have been evaluated, you will need to submit BOTH a copy of the official transcript and a copy of the report from the Credentialing Agency. You are only allowed to use a Credentialing Agency approved by the State of Missouri. For a list of approved Credentialing Agencies, click here.
For Elementary Math Specialist Program Applicants only
Please provide a letter from your school district verifying the grade level, content area and number of years of teaching experience you have accumulated.
Deadlines for all Certification Students
While individual program deadlines vary, students applying for all postbac and masters level certification programs must have all of their materials submitted (including all official transcripts) by the following deadlines in order to register for classes for the upcoming semester:
What Happens Next
Once the Teacher Certification Office receives your application and all official transcripts, an analysis of your prior coursework will be done and an "Individualized Program of Study" (IPS) will be created. This document will tell you what courses are required for certification in the area you have chosen, the courses you have received credit for with prior coursework, and the courses you have remaining to become certified. Completing the IPS typically takes 4-6 weeks from the date your application is complete.
As soon as the IPS has been completed, you will be contacted to schedule an advising appointment. At that time, all coursework required and a sequencing of coursework by semester will be reviewed.
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