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Calling all paraprofessionals, substitutes, support staff and volunteers!

We know you already have classroom experience and a commitment to education—that makes you uniquely qualified to become a teacher. 

TEACH Missouri and our partner teaching programs offer support and resources to get you started on the path to earning your teacher certification.

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  • 5,000

    New teachers hired every year

  • $51,557

    Average teacher salary

  • 19

    Partner educator preparation providers

Here’s What it Takes

To become a teacher, you need at least one teacher certification endorsement. To get it, follow the steps below.
  1. 1

    Earn your degree.

    If you haven’t earned your bachelor’s degree, several programs allow you to earn it and your certification at the same time. If you’re thinking about a master’s degree or other post-baccalaureate program, we’ve got you covered there, too.

  2. 2

    Complete a teaching program.

    Decide the grades and subjects you want to teach and explore the prep programs offered by our 19 partner providers, including programs for working professionals and school employees.

  3. 3

    Pass state certification assessments.

    We’ve got a good intro to the different assessments you may need, along with resources for test preparation. Your program can guide you in deciding which tests you’ll need to take and when.

Paths to Teaching

You need a pathway to certification that works for your unique background and lifestyle. For many school employees and volunteers, that means finding programs that allow you to continue working (and won’t leave you in debt).

Featured Teaching Programs

  • KCTR

    Kansas City Teacher Residency

    College grads can train with a mentor and participate in a residency through the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

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  • Kansas Teach Teach for America

    Teach for America-Kansas City

    Members start earning a full teaching salary after an initial summer training.

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  • Northwest Missouri State University

    NW Missouri State University

    Alternative certification program at the middle school, secondary and K-12 certification levels.

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Talk to a TEACH Missouri Coach

We get it—becoming a teacher is a big decision with many choices to make along the way. You don’t have to do it alone. A coach can walk you through program options, application steps, and answer any questions you have along the way.

If you’re not sure about your path quite yet, get advice, weigh career options and feel encouraged to make an informed choice.


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