Overview of Missouri Testing Requirements

Special Alert — Important Information

Beginning September 1, 2014, candidates cannot take the Praxis® tests for Missouri educator certification. All candidates must pass the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) for admission to and completion of educator certification programs in Missouri. For more information, please go to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website.

How to Qualify for and/or Add-On Certification

For initial certification in Missouri, all candidates must:

  • Earn a baccalaureate degree
  • Complete an approved educator preparation program
  • Pass the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA)

To add on certification in Missouri, educators must:

  • Hold a Missouri professional teaching certificate
  • Pass the approved Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA)

Expiration dates for CollegeBASE and Praxis II® tests: Candidates/educators who have passed the approved the CollegeBASE and/or Praxis II tests must have completed their approved programs and applied for certification prior to December 31, 2016.

Expiration date for educators adding certification by Praxis II tests: Educators who have passed a Praxis II test prior to September 2, 2014, must request the additional certificate by September 1, 2015.

Get more information on the Routes to Missouri Educator Certification.

Candidates are required to have passed the CollegeBASE and/or Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) before formal admittance to an educator preparation program at a college and/or university.

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