Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile

Teacher License Reciprocity: State Profile - Missouri


 


Description Citation/Link
State certification / licensure website https://dese.mo.gov/educator-quality/certification
State information on reciprocity https://dese.mo.gov/educator-quality/certification/out-state-information
Has the state signed the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement? Yes. Missouri is a participant in the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement.
Does the state have full reciprocity by statute for out-of-state teachers? Yes. Statute requires the state board to, upon completion of a background check, issue a Professional Certificate classification in the areas most closely aligned with the out-of-state applicant’s current areas of certification, commensurate with the years of teaching experience of the applicant to any person who is hired to teach in a Missouri public school and who 1) who possesses a valid teaching certificate from the issuing state, or 2) whose academic degree and professional experience are suitable to provide a basis for instruction solely in the subject matter of banking or financial responsibility, at the discretion of the state board and who received certification on the basis of a relevant bachelor’s degree or higher and a passing score for the designated exit examination. Persons certified through one of these two routes must annually complete the state board's requirements for his/her continued certification. V.A.M.S. 168.021
Does the state have additional coursework requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? No. Except that the state has established a minimum grade point average requirement of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale for college transcripts. Candidates not meeting the minimum GPA requirements are not eligible for licensure. Source
Does the state provide a test-out or other exemption option for coursework requirements? N/A. The state does not have additional coursework requirements in place.
Does the state have additional assessment requirements in place for out-of-state teachers? No.
Does the state have different requirements in place for experienced and inexperienced out-of-state teachers? No. However, candidates meeting experience and education level requirements may be eligible to receive a higher level certificate than candidates without this experience. Source
Does the state require out-of-state teachers with experience provide evidence of effectiveness? No.
Does the state provide special reciprocity for out-of-state teachers with advanced credentials? Yes. Missouri has five main licensure levels: Provisional, Initial Professional, Initial Career, Career Continuous Professional and Continuous Career Education. Licensed out-of-state candidates are immediately eligible to receive the Initial Professional license, and licensed out-of-state candidates meeting experience and level of education requirements may be eligible to receive a higher level certificate. V.A.M.S. 168.021
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Does the state provide special reciprocity (or other supports) for military spouses? Yes. State statute requires the state board to authorize the issuance of a Provisional License to a spouse of the Armed Forces stationed in Missouri so that the holder can assume classroom duties pending the completion of a criminal background check. V.A.M.S. 168.021

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