Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Admission Criteria

In order to be admitted into the Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program at Missouri State University, all applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Have earned a minimum 2.75 overall cumulative GPA. GPA will be calculated utilizing the Missouri State GPA Policy regarding repeats and plus and/or minus grades. Click here to view detailed information regarding Missouri State's GPA policies.
  • In addition, applicants pursuing Secondary Education programs must have a 3.00 GPA in the courses required in the content area they are pursuing. Applicants who have a content area GPA below 3.00 may be admitted on probation and will be required to raise their content area GPA to a 3.00 before being allowed to enroll in any professional education coursework.
    • Please note: In order to be recommended for certification upon completion of your program, you will need a minimum 2.75 overall cumulative GPA, a 3.00 content GPA and a 3.00 GPA in your professional education coursework.
  • Applicants pursuing Elementary Math Specialist certification must also have a valid Missouri Teaching Certificate in Elementary or Middle School Education.

Applicants who do not meet the criteria listed above will not be admitted to the Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification program and will not be allowed to enroll in education coursework at Missouri State.

Admission Appeals Process

Applicants who wish to appeal their admission status may do so by providing the following documentation:

  • A typed letter requesting that Missouri State consider the applicant for admission with an overall GPA below the 2.75 minimum or content GPA below the 3.00 minimum. This letter should also state why the applicant feels he/she can now earn a 2.75 overall or 3.00 content GPA or above when that has not occurred in the past.
  • Three letters of reference meeting the following criteria:
  • A letter from a K-12 school administrator verifying that the applicant has worked in an educational setting as a substitute teacher, teacher’s aide, coach or volunteer and that the applicant would be considered “hirable” for a full time teaching position upon completion of a certification program.
  • A letter of support from an individual who has witnessed the applicant working with school-aged children and believes the applicant possesses the skills and abilities to be successful as a classroom teacher.
  • A personal reference indicating that the applicant currently has appropriate support mechanisms in place to be successful in a teacher education program at Missouri State.

All documentation should be sent to the following address:

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

The applicant will then be required to complete an interview with a committee of faculty and staff from the College of Education. The applicant will be notified of their status within 48 hours of the completion of this interview.

Applicants who are granted admission upon appeal will be admitted to the Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program on probation. In order to remain in the program, the applicant’s overall cumulative GPA must increase each semester classes are taken. If at any point the overall cumulative GPA decreases, the applicant will be administratively removed from the program and will no longer be allowed to continue. Once the applicant reaches a 2.75 overall cumulative GPA (and 3.00 content GPA) the applicant will be fully admitted to the Post Baccalaureate Teacher Certification Program.