If are a PSU graduate or program completer and wish to apply for initial licensure/certification in the State of Missouri, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) strongly encourages you to apply for a Kansas teaching license if you are eligible to do so before applying for a Missouri certificate. If you apply with a valid Kansas license, DESE will issue to you a comparable Missouri license/certificate with no additional course work or tests required. Pittsburg State does not complete Section III on page two of the Missouri application if you apply with a valid Kansas license.
If you are ineligible for a Kansas teaching license but apply for a Missouri license/certificate, please notify PSU Teacher Licensing that you need completed on your behalf page two of the Missouri application (see below) and provide a mailing address to which it may be returned. Page two then will be completed and returned to you in a sealed and signed envelope that you can mail to DESE with your application packet.
Please understand if you apply without a valid Kansas license,
DESE will complete a transcript evaluation and
you will be required to complete course deficiencies
and you will avoid doing so only by submitting a valid Kansas license.
The APPLICATION FOR INITIAL MISSOURI TEACHING CERTIFICATE FOR NON-MISSOURI GRADUATES is available on the DESE web site at
by placing your cursor on Certification in the left-hand column, clicking on Applications & Forms in the drop down box to the right, and clicking again on Missouri Application Packet for Individuals Possessing a Certificate of License to Teach from Another State under Out-of-State Applicants. This is the application you will complete per the instructions provided herein and on the APPLICATION CHECKLIST that accompanies the Missouri application.
A separate background check is required for the State of Missouri and information thereon is available on the same DESE web site provided above by placing your cursor on Background/Fingerprint Check in the left-hand column and clicking on Background Check Requirements FAQs, Fingerprint Information Form (pdf), or Fingerprint Submittal in the drop down box to the right.