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    Understand the Career

    What do teachers do?

    With almost 900,000 students and more than 550 districts and charters, Missouri schools are as unique as Missourians. From small rural schools to large urban and suburban districts, there’s a classroom that’s right for you. Join talented colleagues, make your mark and get paid for it.

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    Choose Your Path

    How do I become a teacher?

    Whether you’re starting from scratch or already have a bachelor’s degree or experience, you have options. We’ll overview the steps you need to take and some of the decisions you can make along the way.

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    Earn Your Certificate

    What’s teacher certification?

    Once you get to know which subject and grade you want to teach, you’ll need to choose a teaching program and meet the state requirements to earn a certification. This detailed guide takes you step-by-step through that process. 

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    Find a Job or Internship

    How do I start my teaching career?

    The best way to find out if teaching is right for you is to try it! You can get paid as a tutor, teaching assistant or afterschool professional while you earn your teaching certificate. When the time comes, you’ll be ready to apply for teaching positions.

Are you ready to shape the future?

As a teacher, you’ll put your energy and creativity to work preparing students to tackle the world’s most difficult challenges, from pandemics to climate change and social justice. Great teachers are innovative and always in demand.

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We partner with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and a statewide coalition of schools and community organizations to offer FREE tools to future teachers ready to shape education in Missouri.
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About TEACH Missouri

TEACH Missouri is a statewide partnership between Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, school districts, universities and other educator preparation programs, and TEACH (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded by the U.S. Department of Education, with a mission to help people consider teaching and enter the profession.)