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6-Step Application

A teacher candidate must successfully complete all six steps of the application process before she or he may be placed at a practicum site. It is solely the responsibility of the teacher candidate to correctly follow the instructions that are outlined below.

Step 1: FCSR Background Check

You are required to go to the Family Care Safety Registry (FCSR) website to complete your registration online.

  • You will pay $13.00 for a lifetime registration and will receive your background checks via mail to the address you provide.
  • You must upload your background check to MyCOE.
  • You must update this document YEARLY to the Portal as checks must be within one calendar year to be considered valid.
  • Although you may obtain lifetime membership, you must request a new check YEARLY by calling 1-866-422-6872. When you receive your new check, be sure to upload it.
  • By law, no outside background checks can be accepted. Your background check must come from the FCSR.


Family Care Safety Registry

Step 2: TB Test Results

You are required to get a TB test, which can be administered by the University Health Services in the MSC, Walgreens Take Care Clinics, the Department of Public Health, or by your physician.

  • You must provide negative TB test results and upload them to the MyCOE YEARLY. As with FCSR background checks, the results are considered invalid after one calendar year.
  • The test will be administered and must be read by the physician within 48 hours, so plan your visit accordingly.
  • If your TB test results are positive, you must provide us with a clear chest x-ray in its place.
  • If you get TB test results from UMSL's University Health Services, be sure to scan and submit both pages of the 2-page document.


University Health Services

Step 3: Academic Audit

You are required to complete an academic audit, which consists of a fillable web form that is available when you are logged on in the application section of the MyCOE.

The web form includes fillable fields for personal information, a personal statement (prompt given), and a course worksheet detailing completed/future coursework.



About Your Academic Audit

Step 4: Substitute Certificate

You are required to go to the 'Educator Certification' section of the DESE website in order to obtain a substitute certificate.

  • Register and obtain a six-digit profile number.
  • Select 'Applying for a Substitute Certificate' and follow the steps to submit your application.
    A $50.00 fee applies.
  • Send official transcripts that have a minimum of 60 credit hours. Your six-digit profile number must be included.
    for example:
    Educator Certification
    Educator Profile Number: ###### (your number here)
    PO Box 480
    Jefferson City, MO 65102  
  • Get an FBI Fingerprint Check: In order to obtain a sub certificate, a teacher candidate must complete an FBI Fingerprint Check. Register with the Missouri Automated Criminal History Site(MACHS) Fingerprint Portal. When asked for a four-digit registration number, use 2300.
  • Additional information regarding the Background/Fingerprint guidelines can be found through DESE.


DESE Web Log In

Missouri Automated Criminal History Site

Background/Fingerprinting Guidelines

Step 5: Resume

You are required to create a professional resume and to submit it in MyCOE.



Resume Guidelines

Step 6: Letter of Reference

You are required to obtain an authentic letter of reference from a person for whom you have worked, and you must submit this letter in the MyCOE.



All documentation must be complete in the MyCOE by the stated deadline.