DESE Online Profile & Applications
All candidates seeking initial state certification or provisional certification must complete an online profile and application on the DESE website. Please refer to the two-page PDF for instructions.
Legal Name Change on DESE Profile
If you have changed your legal name and would like to have that change made on your certificate, you will need to send DESE the following information via US Mail:
Please send all documentation to the following mailing address:
DESE - Educator Certification
PO Box 480
Jefferson City, MO 65102
Initial State Certification
Please contact the Coordinator of Teacher Certification at (417) 873-7369 for questions regarding state certification. Please refer to the DESE website for more information.
Additional Areas of Certification
Individuals having a current Missouri professional certificate of license to teach may acquire certification in additional areas by successfully completing the Praxis II test designated for the additional area of certification sought. Refer to the Praxis II test codes. If you are initially certified in a middle school content area and wish to add secondary certification in the same content area, you must pass the appropriate secondary content Praxis II exam. If you are initially certified in a secondary content area and wish to add middle school certification in the same content area, you must pass the Principles of Learning and Teaching 5-9 Praxis exam (code 0523).
General State Certification Requirements
Certification Verification for Other States
If verification of Drury's recommendation for initial state certification is needed for licensure in a state other that Missouri, please mail the verification forms and a stamped/addressed envelope to the Coordinator of Teacher Certification. Information can be mailed to Drury University, Lay Hall, 900 North Benton, Springfield, MO 65802.
In order to apply for a substitute certificate in Missouri, follow the procedure on the DESE website.
Provisional & Alternative State Certification
Please refer to the DESE website for more information.
Temporary Authorization Certificate (TAC)
Please refer to the DESE website for more information. The required courses through Drury for special education and middle school / secondary are linked below.
The TAC does not include elementary education (1-6).
Teacher Certification Grade Requirements
Elementary education students must earn a grade of "C" or better in the following courses:
Middle school and secondary education students must earn a grade of "C" or better in the following courses:
Graduate Student Grade Requirements
Students with cumulative grade point averages below 3.00 are automatically placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation are subject to possible dismissal from the graduate program.
Graduate students are expected to do work of high caliber and standards. Receiving a grade below a "B-" requires the student to meet with the graduate program director and discuss academic performance. Any student receiving two grades below a "B-" will be dismissed from the program.
Graduate students also seeking state teacher certification must meet the grade criteria listed under Certification Grade Requirements above.