Substitute Teaching Certificate

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Applying for a Substitute Certificate

Registering for Fingerprints

  • Candidates must complete fingerprints and a criminal background check as part of their substitute teaching certificate.
  • The background check completed as part of Teacher Education admission is not able to be transferred; you must complete a new one, as DESE must have updated information.
  • Use code “2301” when you register, so that your fingerprints are sent to the appropriate place.
  • Register for Fingerprints and Background Check
  • Fingerprinting and Background Check Guide

Ordering Transcripts

  • Candidates must send official paper copies of transcripts from all institutions where they received college credit to DESE.
  • The address for sending transcripts:


ATTN: Educator Certification

PO Box 480

Jefferson City, MO


For assistance with or questions about any step in this process, contact Ali Geren, Certification Officer, at or 417-873-7369.