Missouri Teacher Certification Renewal


Learn how to renew a Professional Educator Certification or reinstate a Professional Educator Certification in Missouri


Teaching Certification Renewal

Once you receive your initial Missouri teaching certificate, it is valid for four years. To renew it, you must fulfill certain requirements during those four years, including:
  • Complete 30 contact hours of professional development
  • Complete two years of mentoring, determined by your school district
  • Develop and implement a professional development plan which is placed on file with your school district
  • Participate in your school district’s yearly performance-based assessment program
If you wish to upgrade your certificate to a Career-Continuous certificate, you must complete 15 hours of professional development each year and maintain a professional development plan. You become exempt from reporting professional development to the Department of Elementary & Secondary Education if you meet one of the following qualifications:
  • Have ten years of experience as a certified teacher
  • Earn the next highest college degree beyond your current
  • Become nationally certified to teach

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Reinstatement of Certification

If you fail to renew your Missouri teaching certificate, you may reinstate it by completing 24 hours of professional development within six months of reactivating the certificate. If you stop teaching and return years later, the school district that hires you will suggest professional development activities for you and verify that you have fulfilled their recommendations.