Becoming a Certified Teacher in Missouri

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Becoming a Certified Teacher in Missouri • My Teaching Background o Master of Education in Early Childhood Education at Grand Canyon University o Currently enrolled o Expected graduation: December 2015 • First step: Earning Your Degree o Minimum requirement for certification is a Bachelor’s degree in the Program of Study o Ex. Early Childhood Education o Must be from accredited, state approved education program accepted by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) • http://dese.mo.gov • Second Step: Completing Practicum and Student Teaching o Preparing for Practicum and Student Teaching o Practicum/Observation: Fieldwork experience hours, school-based real-world assignments, application of knowledge and skills in school setting with supportive guidance o Student Teaching: Real classroom experience for Teacher Candidate (you, the student) at the end of the program of study • Opportunity to work in the field under a Mentor Teacher and Faculty Instructor • Professional growth and development o Completion of criminal background check and fingerprint clearance before starting • Must pre-register through State Highway Patrol’s Missouri Automated Criminal History Site (MACHS) online • Checklist and all resources to guide through process can be found under Fingerprinting/Background Check on the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website o http://dese.mo.gov • Third step: Required Tests o Basic Skills
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