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Teacher Licensing Contact

Amanda Hill
PSU Educational Licensing Officer

Phone:  620-235-6153
Email: ahill@pittstate.edu
Office:  Hughes 110

Program Completer Applying to Missouri

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

http://dese.mo.gov/divteachqual/teachcert

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.