See our one-page
"Become a Teacher"
program overview.

The UMSL College of Education embraces many career paths, including Missouri teacher certification. We invite you to learn more about our innovative partnerships with local community agencies and schools. Please join us as we work to improve P-12 education in the state of Missouri and beyond.

Where I can work as an educator?

  • If you desire to teach in public schools, you need a bachelor's degree and state certification. You can earn both at the same time.
  • If you want to be an educator in a community agency or non-school enterprise you can earn a degree without certification.

What can I teach?

  • In schools (Bachelor of Science in Education):
    • Early Childhood, Elementary with Special Education and/or TESOL, Middle School, Art, Music
    • High School: Biology, Chemistry, English, Mathematics, Physics, Foreign Languages - French or Spanish
  • In the community (Bachelor of Education Studies):
    • Child Care, Human Services and Development, Informal Science and Cultural Education, Social Studies

What programs are available?

 
If you have... You can apply for...

no degree

School:
Teacher Certification and Bachelor of Science in Education

Community:
Bachelor of Educational Studies

an associate's degree

School:
Teacher Certification and Bachelor of Science in Education

Community:
Bachelor of Educational Studies 

a bachelor's degree without a teaching certificate

School:

accelerated Teach in 12 Certification (graduate level)

or, Traditional Teacher Certification (graduate level) 

or, Teach for America (graduate level) 

or, Alternative Certification Routes

Community:

Master of Education 

* entrance policy for post-bac teacher candidates 

a bachelor's degree and you are currently working as a classroom teacher in Missouri

Transition to Teaching - Secondary Education (online) 
Transition to Teaching - Special Education  (online) 

 
 

How do I become a certified teacher?

  • Please see an academic advisor in Office of Advising and Student Services (OASIS). More information can be found on the Contact an Advisor page. During your first appointment, your academic advisor will explain how you might proceed through the program. To schedule an academic advising appointment call 314-516-5937.