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Missouri: Teacher Credentialing in Missouri

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When you are looking to become a teacher in Missouri, you will need to look at all of the different options you have and realize what it is you will be required to do in order to become a teacher. It will vary based on the subject matter as well as the level you will be teaching. The one requirement that is consistent is the fact that you will need to have a bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year school in order to be able to teach anyone in the state.

Education

You will be required to have a four-year bachelor's degree that has a major in education to start. You will also need to complete your observations as well as pass the Praxis I and II tests in order to apply for teaching certification.

Elementary Teacher

To become an elementary teacher you will need to complete at least two courses of five semester hours in math, economics, health, art, and geography. You will also need to have 21 semester hours in an area of concentration for the level being taught. In grades 5-9 it will be a focus on only one subject where as in the lower grades it can be general studies.

Secondary English

In order to teach English at a high school level you will need to complete the following while on a course of study for the education major. You will need five semesters from each of the following subject areas: English language, American literature, and World literature. You will need three credits in English electives. Overall, you will need to accomplish 30 semester hours in English coursework to teach it.

Secondary Math

In order to teach high school math, you will need to have the following course of study completed to get your certificate. They are eight credits in calculus and analytical geometry, three credits each in algebra and geometry, two credits in computer science, four in electives and a total of ten in other math core courses.

Secondary History

You will need to complete: 12 credits in US history, eight in world history, six in political and behavioral science, three each in economics and geography, and up to two in electives. You will need to have a total of 40 credits in history.

Secondary Science

You will need 20 credits in the primary science you will be teaching such as physical science or physics. Then you will need an additional ten credits covering the other sciences as part of your core curriculum. A total of 40 credits is required for your certificate.

Alternative Certification

If you have a bachelor's degree or higher, you can still receive a certificate to teach in Missouri by going and fulfilling specific requirements that are available through the Missouri Department of Education. It will be dependent on your level of education as well as what your course of study was as far as what additional requirements you will need to fulfill to teach.

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