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Missouri teaching jobs typically require a Bachelor’s degree along with a teaching license in your subject of specialization. Missouri teaching jobs are expected to grow at rate of 4.8% by 2025, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics , creating a strong job market for teachers in Missouri as well as for out-of-state teachers looking to relocate.
With over 900,000 pre-K-12 students enrolled in Missouri’s nearly 2,500 public schools, there are many Missouri teaching jobs available at the kindergarten, elementary, middle or high school level.
Educators looking to teach in Missouri will first need to pass the Missouri state’s educator testing requirements, overseen by the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education. Missouri uses a tiered licensing system and issues two different types of Missouri teaching licenses.
New teachers in Missouri can apply for the Initial Professional Certificate (IPC), valid for four years. Teachers must then complete four years of teaching experience which includes 30 contact hours of professional development. After four years, Missouri teachers move to the Career Continuous Professional Certificate (CCPC), which is a lifetime teaching credential in the state of Missouri.
To be eligible to teach in Missouri, candidates will need to have a Bachelor’s degree in the field of education or in a core subject area along with completion of an approved teacher preparation program.
Aspiring Missouri teachers who hold a Bachelor’s degree but have not completed a teacher preparation program may be eligible for alternative teacher certification in Missouri via the following three routes:
The process of transferring teaching certification from one state to a different state is called certification reciprocity. If you are an American licensed teacher looking to teach in Missouri, be aware that you will first need to transfer your teaching credentials.
Missouri is one of 44 US states currently participating in The National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC)Interstate Agreement for Educator Licensure. Out-of-state teachers must have a valid teaching certificate issued by another state and previous teaching experience. The Missouri teaching certificate issued will depend on the teacher’s experience.
Educators looking to teach in Missouri will need to pass the state’s designated standardized tests for educators, the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) and the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA). Teachers in Missouri will also need to complete the complete a Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment during their teaching practicum.
In order to be certified to teach in Missouri, you are required to undertake a state and federal background check and fingerprinting through the State Highway Patrol’s Missouri Automated Criminal History Site (MACHS).
Salaries for teachers in Missouri vary by school district. A teacher in Missouri with three years of experience and a Bachelor’s degree can expect to earn a starting salary of $40,470. Missouri teachers are also eligible to receive health and retirement benefits. On average, teachers in Missouri get around 15 weeks of vacation.
Missouri is experiencing a shortage of teachers for the 2017 school year in the following subject areas: special education, foreign languages and STEM.
To keep their Missouri teaching certificate valid, Missouri teachers are required to complete professional development hours on an ongoing basis.
Some of the top districts to teach in Missouri include the following:
|Number of public schools||2,406|
|Number of teachers||66,248|
|Number of students||917,900|
|Average teacher salary||$45,321|
|Teacher certification requirements||Praxis exams, Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) and Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA)|
|Teacher certification reciprocity||Out-of-state teachers can qualify for certification in Missouri through the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement|
|State professional development requirements||30 hours|