Teaching Degrees in Missouri

Those wishing to become teachers in Missouri, should be aware of some key information before embarking on their career path, including:

  • The value of a master’s degree
  • Grant and scholarship programs
  • Missouri teaching certification requirements

Also included here is a list of additional resources and a comprehensive directory of fully accredited teaching degrees in Missouri.

Teaching Degrees in Missouri

In order to become employed as a teacher in Missouri, a bachelor’s degree is required. There are currently 39 colleges and universities throughout the state that offer teaching degrees in Missouri. However, Missouri also requires more specific secondary education course requirements than most states, which can add an additional 40 semester hours to a prospective teacher’s necessary education.

Currently, 47.5 percent of Missouri teachers possess a master’s degree or better. This higher degree status can mean an average salary increase of around $4,180 per year when compared to Missouri teachers holding only a bachelor’s degree.

Teaching Scholarships and Grants in Missouri

Scholarships and grants are available for those pursing a teaching degree in Missouri. These forms of financial assistance are funded by the state, organizations, schools, and by individuals. Some examples include:

Angelyn Overby-Kirk Special Education Scholarship
This scholarship is available to promising students at the University of Central Missouri who are interested in pursuing a degree in Special Education.

Anna Lee Dugan Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is available to full-time students at MSU’s College of Education with a major in elementary education.

Burnell Joe Sumners Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship is available to a full-time junior or senior at Missouri State University majoring in elementary or secondary education.

Improving Teacher Quality Grant
This grant program awards funds to students pursuing a degree in education in the state of Missouri in an effort to increase the quality of teachers in areas of high need.

Jim & Vi Pollard Memorial Scholarship Fund
This scholarship is available to Missouri State University undergraduate students pursuing a degree in education who demonstrate financial need.

Minority Teaching Scholarship
This scholarship program is designed to provide minority students with loans to obtain a teaching degree in Missouri. Students who meet the obligations of the program have those loans converted to scholarships, which do not have to be paid back.

Missouri TEACH Grant
This grant is available to students seeking a teaching degree in Missouri. Those awarded the grant must agree to teach in a high-need field or school serving low-income students for a minimum period of four school years.

Missouri Teacher Certification

Missouri offers six types of educator licenses, as follows:

  • Certification Through Doctorate – For teachers who hold a doctorate degree
  • Initial Professional Certificate – For teachers earning their first certificate through a graduate, undergraduate, post-bac or alternative program
  • Missouri Certification for Non-Missouri Graduates – For prospective teachers who completed a teaching program in another state
  • Out of Country Applicants – For those who have graduated and held a teaching degree in a country other than the United States
  • Provisional Certificate – For new teachers who are currently enrolled in a Missouri State DESE-approved program
  • Substitute Certificate – For individuals who would like to work as a substitute teacher.

Missouri state teacher certification requirements include:

  • A bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Successful completion of an accredited teacher certification program
  • Completion of the College Basic Academic Subjects Examination
  • Passing the Praxis II exam
  • Fingerprinting and background check

Missouri requires teachers to complete Professional Development training throughout their career in order to maintain or recertify their teaching credentials. One college credit hour is the equivalent of fifteen Professional Development hours. The requirements vary by the certification type and years of holding a certificate, but maximums range from 60 to 120 hours per year.

Additional Resources about Teaching in Missouri

The following resources provide additional information about earning a teaching degree and working as a teacher in Missouri.

Missouri Department of Higher Education
Find information on Missouri colleges, financing an education and more.

Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education
This site provides a wealth of information for students, teachers and parents.

Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations
Provides information about the labor market in Indiana, as well as job opportunities.

Missouri State Teachers Association
The Missouri professional association for teachers.

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