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Get Certified to Teach
Here's what you need to know about resources, state laws and best practices for getting certified to teach in Kansas or Missouri.
Here's what you need to know about resources, state laws and best practices for getting certified to teach in Kansas or Missouri.

Where do you want to get certified?

We’ve sorted through all the resources, state laws, and best practices—this guide is your one-stop-shop for getting certified to teach in Kansas or Missouri. You’ve got this. 

We’ll cover:

  • Types of certification areas and requirements for teaching certain grades and subjects.
  • Preparation pathways you can choose from to get certified.

Note: Here at TEACH.org, we do our best to keep all information updated, but because certification requirements are regularly reviewed and revised, it is best to confirm requirements with your teacher preparation program and the Kansas Department of Education or the Missouri Department of Education before you apply.

To get started, choose your state.

Get Certified to Teach in Kansas

Which statement fits you best?

In Kansas, teachers are awarded certification that allows them to teach a specific set of grades and subjects.

Choosing a Certification Area

Once you know your grade and subject preferences, you can select a certification area. (Check out the list below). 

In some cases, you may have multiple options to choose from. In Kansas for example, if you want to teach fifth or sixth grade, you’ll have to decide between two possible certificates—one that allows you to teach all subjects in K-6, and another that allows you to teach specific subjects in grades 5-8.

In Kansas, certification of new teachers involves getting a “license” and one or more “endorsements” on that license. The license defines the grade levels you are certified to teach, and the endorsements define the subjects and/or specialty areas (e.g., special education, english language learners, etc.) that you can teach.

Pro Tip: You don’t have to get all your certifications at once. At any time during your teaching career, you can take tests and/or coursework to add additional endorsements to your license to teach additional subjects or specialty areas. Some endorsements can be obtained by passing a content test, while others require additional coursework.

Kansas teacher certification requirements

Pathways to Kansas teacher certification

Besides deciding what subject and grade levels you want to teach, the biggest decision you’ll have to make is around the pathway you pursue to get trained. Each pathway has its own pros and cons, so you will have to decide which one is the best fit for you, but we’ve put together an initial summary to help you understand your options and take the first step. In Kansas, we’ve identified three major pathways to become a newly certified teacher:

Get Certified to Teach in Missouri

Which statement fits you best?

In Missouri, teachers are awarded certification that allows them to teach a specific set of grades and subjects.

Choosing a Certification Area

Once you know your grade and subject preferences, you can select a certification area. (Check out the list below)., 

In some cases, you may have multiple options to choose from. In Missouri for example, if you want to teach fifth or sixth grade, you’ll have to decide between two possible certificates—one that allows you to teach all core subjects in 1-6, and another that allows you to teach specific subjects in grades 5-9.

Pro Tip: You don’t have to get all your certifications at once. At any time during your teaching career, you can take tests and/or coursework to add additional endorsements to your license to teach additional subjects or specialty areas. Some endorsements can be obtained by passing a content test, while others require additional coursework.

Missouri teacher certification requirements

To become a teacher in Missouri:

Pathways to Missouri teacher certification

How you pursue training is up to you. We’ve identified five major pathways to certification in Missouri to help you understand your options and take the first step.

Additional Resources

If you want to learn more, here are some additional resources you might find helpful:

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