Teacher Professional Development in Missouri


Missouri Department of Education - http://dese.mo.gov/
Missouri Department of Teacher Certification - http://dese.mo.gov/divteachqual/teachcert/
Information Taken From: http://dese.mo.gov/divteachqual/teachcert/edcert.html

Types of Missouri Certificates/Licenses
  • Initial certificate/license is the first license a new educator receives. A minimum of a baccalaureate degree from a college/university having a teacher education program approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education or from a college/university having a teacher education program approved by the state education agency in states other than Missouri is required. The applicant must have a recommendation for certification from the designated official for teacher education in the college/university where the program was completed. The applicant must have a grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale; both overall and in the content area. The applicant must complete the required Praxis test(s). (If you completed your teacher education program and were certificated before September 1, 1990, you are exempt from this requirement.) A list of the Missouri Specialty Area Tests with the qualifying scores can be found on the DESE website.
  • Transition certificate is limited to administrators. For example: A new administrator must have a master’s degree in order to obtain the initial (first) certification. After four years, he/she must enroll in an education specialist’s degree or doctoral degree program and while they are doing that, they can be issued a transition certification. By the tenth year of employment as an administrator, the individual must complete the education specialist’s degree or higher and obtain the career continuous administrator’s certificate.
  • Career Continuous is a 99-year (permanent) license. It requires an individual to continue to maintain a professional development plan, have successful performance-based evaluations, and annually report professional development to the Department. Individuals who complete two of the three following items, no longer are required to report the professional development to the Department: ten years of certified experience; the next higher college degree (above the entrance requirement); or national certification from a recognized agency.
  • Provisional – This is a two-year, nonrenewable certificate for educators who lack a few hours of meeting all the requirements for full certification. The largest numbers of provisional certificates are issued to individuals who are enrolled in a college-based alternative/innovative program, have not yet passed their required Praxis test, or are adding areas to an existing certificate. A provisional certificate is issued at the request of an employing district and may require an academic contract with a college or university.
  • Temporary – This is a one-year, renewable certificate issued to individuals who have a bachelor’s degree in a content or closely-related field and who agree to meet a variety of requirements – including taking a number of college courses in pedagogy and passing the appropriate Praxis II test(s). A temporary certificate is issued at the request of an employing district.
  • Substitute – This is a one-year certificate that requires a minimum of 60 semester hours of liberal arts, college credit and is issued at the request of an employing district.
  • Lifetime – This license is no longer issued. Prior to September 1988, applicants who met all licensure requirements were issued a lifetime certificate and that certificate is still valid without completing any further requirements.


Required Professional Development Hours
1 college credit hour = 15 PD contact hours

Classification
Initial Certification
Years 1-4

Reactivation
Career Certification
Years 5-99

PD Exempt Status
Adult Education & Literacy (AEL)
60 total
over 4 years
24 hours plus annual
20 annually until exempt
Two of three:
- 10 years,
- next higher degree, or
- national certification
Professional Cert - most core areas & librarians
30 total
over 4 years
24 hours plus annual
15 annually until exempt

Career Education –
(formerly vocational)
90 total
over 4 years
24 hours plus annual
30 annually until exempt

Student Services
40 total
over 4 years
24 hours plus annual
20 annually until exempt

Administration – superintendent
120 total
over 4 years
24 hours plus annual
30 annually until exempt

Administration – principals, special ed. directors and career ed. directors
120 total
over 4 years
24 hours plus annual
Years 5-10
must complete
EdS degree in ed adm,
C&I, or reading/literacy

or 30 hours annually
Years 11-99
exempt with
EdS degree or
national certification

Provisional (2 years)
must complete credits/requirements to move to Initial certification within two years
n/a
n/a
n/a
Temporary (1 year)
must complete 9 college credits annually
n/a
n/a
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