Becoming a Teacher in Missouri

EXPLORE PROGRAMS, LICENSING AND JOB OUTLOOK DATA FOR 2016

Guide to Becoming a Teacher in Missouri

If you’re an aspiring Missouri teacher, ToBecomeATeacher.org is here to guide you along the way. This page describes the key steps you’ll need to take to achieve your goal and obtain a teaching position in Missouri that meets your own personal career goals.

1. Choosing a Program: First, you will need to find a teaching program that reflects your budget and  career goals.

  • Finding an appropriate program that fits your needs is essential. What is important to you as a student? Are you concerned about the cost of the program or the amount of debt you might incur in the process? Does the program’s graduation and job placement rates matter to you? Is there a specific specialization you hope to pursue and which programs offer this specialization? All of these are critical questions to ask when selecting a teach preparation program.

2. Planning for Licensure in Missouri: To become a licensed teacher in Missouri, you must complete at least a bachelor’s degree and an approved education program and write and pass the state’s teacher licensure exams–the Missouri General Education Assessments and Missouri Content Assessments.

3. Entering the Workforce: Once you’ve completed your education and passed the applicable exams, you can launch your teaching career in Missouri.

  • At this point, it is important to consider the type of teaching environment in which you hope to work? Is there a specific area of the state in which you hope to find a teaching position? What are your lifestyle priorities and salary expectations? What are your long-term career goals? Are you interested in eventually moving into school administration? During this stage of the process, you are advised to keep building your resume, engaging in professional development activities for educators and acquiring additional teaching experience. This will ensure you are well positioned to land an ideal teaching position in Missouri.

Choosing an Education Program in Missouri

ToBecomeATeacher.org appreciates that it is never easy to select a postsecondary program. For this reason, we have developed a set of tools to assist you. Using a thoughtful algorithm, we ranked Missouri’s top education programs. We designed the algorithm by consulting with students and aspiring teacher and that’s why our rankings truly reflect your concerns. Our team has analyzed expense, student-to-faculty ratios, graduation rates, potential earnings and over all return on investment.

All the schools on ToBecomeATeacher.org list below are committed to excellence and have shown true dedication to quality education and training. In short, these programs are among Missouri’s and the nation’s very best.

University of Missouri-Kansas City

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 13 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 37824
  • Acceptance rate 33 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 30064
  • Graduation Rate 49.4 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 21187

Northwest Missouri State University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 23 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 25560
  • Acceptance rate 72.41 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 30064
  • Graduation Rate 51.04 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 24490

College of the Ozarks

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 15 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 73320
  • Acceptance rate 13.01 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 30064
  • Graduation Rate 63.44 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 0

Missouri Southern State University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 19 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 22888
  • Acceptance rate 97.28 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 30064
  • Graduation Rate 35.25 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 21500

University of Missouri-Columbia

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 20 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 37660
  • Acceptance rate 78.61 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 30064
  • Graduation Rate 70.47 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 22500

Missouri State University-Springfield

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 20 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 27632
  • Acceptance rate 85.1 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 30064
  • Graduation Rate 54.4 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 22375

University of Central Missouri

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 17 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 29060
  • Acceptance rate 80.83 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 30064
  • Graduation Rate 51.11 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 23450

Calvary Bible College and Theological Seminary

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 8 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 42624
  • Acceptance rate 86.96 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 30064
  • Graduation Rate 52.71 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 19105

Southeast Missouri State University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 24 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 27452
  • Acceptance rate 85.46 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 30064
  • Graduation Rate 47.64 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 22459

Hannibal-LaGrange University

  • Student to Faculty Ratio 12 :1
  • Total expected expense for a bachelors degree$ 75080
  • Acceptance rate 68.14 %
  • Average state starting salary$ 30064
  • Graduation Rate 58.94 %
  • Median Graduate Debt incurred$ 19875
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Ranking Factors Explained

Our ranking data is based upon Collegescorecard.gov, IPEDS, and the Carnegie Foundation data sets.

How to Become a Teacher in Missouri

Missouri has several certification routes and each targets a different demographic of prospective teachers:

  • Pathway 1: The first option is to complete an four-year course of study, complete the required hours of student teaching and pass the state’s applicable exams (namely, the Missouri General Education Assessments and Missouri Content Assessments).
  • Pathway 2: Another common pathway in Missouri is known as the innovative or alternative route. In this case, candidates complete a bachelor’s degree and then return to complete an education degree while simultaneously teaching full-time in a Missouri school under a two-year provisional license. Like other teachers, they must write and pass the state’s applicable exams.
  • Pathway 3: Another pathway for candidates who already hold a bachelor’s degree is known as the temporary authorization route. In this case, an individual with a bachelor’s degree completes  self-directed courses to meet additional competencies, teaches for two years under the mentorship of the school district and passes at least two exit examinations. At the end of this course of education and training, the candidate is eligible for an initial certificate.
  • Pathway 4: Missouri is among the state’s that has special provisions for candidates with doctoral degrees (e.g., mathematics in English). For doctoral-level candidates, it is sometimes possible to obtain an initial certificate by simply passing the state’s Professional Knowledge: Secondary exam.
  • Pathway 5: Finally, teachers certified to teach in another U.S. state who are in good standing can apply for a Missouri teaching license through the state’s reciprocal agreement program.

What is the Teaching Job Outlook in the State of Missouri?

In 2015, Missouri was home to 2,350 kindergarten teachers, 25,730 elementary teachers, 12,850 middle school teachers and 26,470 secondary teachers. Like many southern states, Missouri is currently suffering from teacher shortages statewide and from heightened shortages in specific content areas. A 2016 report lists 16 content areas that are in dire need of qualified teachers, including business education, Spanish, physics, biology, chemistry and general science. Teacher shortages are also widespread with more than half of the state’s counties reporting shortages in one or more content areas and 17 counties reporting shortages in 10 or more content areas. To address these shortages, the state has created several incentives for aspiring teachers, as well as alternative pathways to help accelerate qualified personnel who wish to enter the classroom.

What Resources are Available to Teachers in Missouri?

WHAT ONLINE PROGRAMS ARE AVAILABLE TO POTENTIAL TEACHERS IN THE STATE OF Missouri?

The University of Missouri offers online undergraduate and graduate degrees in education, as well as six certificate programs. At Missouri State University, aspiring teachers can complete a bachelor’s degree in elementary education leading to licensure. The University of Central Missouri offers an online Master of Arts in Teaching, which also leads to licensure.

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