Steps to Certification

Teaching License Graduate License Programs
If you are applying for Advanced Licensure, please complete this Advanced Licensure Information Form and email to sholder@semo.edu. You must complete this form in order for your application to be processed.
Please follow this link for step-by-step instructions for completing your DESE application: http://dese.mo.gov/educator-quality/certification/educator-certification-help-guide. If you have questions regarding this on-line process, please contact DESE at certification@dese.mo.gov or call 573-751-0051. Please follow this link for step-by-step instructions for completing your DESE application: http://dese.mo.gov/educator-quality/certification/educator-certification-help-guide. If you have questions regarding this on-line process, please contact DESE at certification@dese.mo.gov or call 573-751-0051.
If you have already created a User ID and password (such as when you applied for your substitute teacher certificate), you will not need to request another one; you will just need to complete the online application for the appropriate licensure area. If you have already created a User ID and password, you will not need to request another one; you will just need to complete the online application for the appropriate licensure area.
If you have a previous bachelor's degree from another university, please make sure you request official paper transcripts for that degree to be sent to DESE. DESE doesn’t accept electronic transcripts. If you have a previous bachelor's/master’s/specialist degree from another university, please make sure you request official paper transcripts for that degree to be sent to DESE. DESE doesn’t accept electronic transcripts.
You must have passing scores on the appropriate Missouri Content Assessment Exam (MoCA), and Performance Assessment (MoPTA). The testing companies report those scores directly to DESE. DESE stopped accepting Praxis II Exam scores on December 31, 2016. Depending upon the license for which you are applying, you will probably have to have passing scores on the appropriate Missouri Content Assessment Exam (MoCA) and Performance Assessment (MoSLPA- Administrator, or MoSCPA-Counselor). The testing companies report those scores directly to DESE. DESE stopped accepting Praxis II Exam scores on December 31, 2016.
Please complete DESE’s online application prior to the end of the semester in which you will complete your program. This will ensure that your application will be processed as soon as your degree has been posted by the Registrar's Office. Please complete DESE’s online application prior to the end of the semester in which you will complete your program. This will ensure that your application will be processed as soon as your degree has been posted by the Registrar's Office.
It is strongly recommended that you apply for licensure even if you don’t plan to use your license right away. If you do not apply immediately, state requirements may change, and you might have to meet additional criteria (e.g. new tests, additional courses). It is strongly recommended that you apply for licensure even if you don’t plan to use your license right away. If you do not apply immediately, state requirements may change, and you might have to meet additional criteria (e.g. new tests, additional courses).
Once the Registrar's Office sends the Certification office your final transcript with your Southeast degree posted, we will finish processing your application. This process may take several weeks after graduation. Once the Registrar's Office sends the Certification office your final transcript with your Southeast degree posted, we will finish processing your application. This process may take several weeks after graduation.
You will not need to request an official Southeast transcript to be sent to DESE if you apply for licensure the semester you graduate; we will mail your paper transcripts to DESE for you. In most cases, you will not need to request an official Southeast transcript to be sent to DESE if you apply for licensure the semester you graduate; we will mail your paper transcripts to DESE for you.
After all application materials have been submitted to DESE, it may take an additional 4-8 weeks for DESE to finish processing your application. After all application materials have been submitted to DESE, it may take an additional 4-8 weeks for DESE to finish processing your application.

Once your application has been fully processed, you will be able to access evidence of your license electronically on the DESE website.

Instructions for submitting out-of-state program verification forms

  • Requests for completion of Out-of-State Program Verification Forms can be submitted to the certification office by email to sholder@semo.edu (if the form doesn’t require your signature), by fax to 573-651-2410, hand delivered to Scully Room 304, or by mail to:
    Southeast Missouri State University
    College of Education Associate Dean’s Office
    One University Plaza, MS 5600
    Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
  • Please allow up to 10 business days to process – forms will not be completed in person. Complete all personal information prior to submitting the form to the certification office, and also include instructions specifying where the form should be returned to.

Programs for which no recommendation from Southeast is required

If you are applying for licensure in ELL (English Language Learners), please contact DESE directly for application instructions at 573-751-0051.

Contact

573.651.2556
aelincoln@semo.edu
Scully Building 304A
College of Education - Associate Dean's Office
One University Plaza, MS 5600
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701