If you’re looking to become a teacher in Missouri but hold a bachelor’s degree in a different field, there are several programs available in the state to expedite the typical four-year process of becoming a teacher. Here is a look at what the programs are all about and what you need to know to apply.
This alternative certification program is available through various higher education universities throughout the state to allow candidates to choose the school that best serves their needs. Candidates should be prepared to serve in the high-needs areas where Missouri schools have a teacher shortage.
This program requires candidates to complete approximately 30 credit hours of coursework through one of the institutions that offers alternative certification programs. In addition, prospective teachers must teach with a provisional license for two years. Some institutions offer distance-learning options.
Eligibility and How to Apply
Candidates interested in participating in the program must:
Have a non-education bachelor’s degree.
Have at least a 2.5 GPA.
Pass a criminal background check.
Attend an interview.
Obtain employment with a Missouri school district.
The Temporary Authorization Certificate option focuses on filling high-demand areas within the education system with highly qualified teachers. Through this program, candidates take up to 24 college credits and teach for two years under an experienced mentor. Candidates must be enrolled in at least nine credits per year to renew the temporary certificate and continue in the program.