Overview of Missouri Testing Requirements

How to Qualify for Licensure

For initial licensure in Missouri, all candidates must:

Access more information on several routes to educator licensure in Missouri, including details on the traditional route, alternative or innovative route, temporary authorization route, out-of-state certified route, American Board of Certification for Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) route and doctoral route.

Important Information

  • Beginning with the 2013–14 testing year, ETS is administering a new version of the Health Education test. This new test will be offered in a computer-delivered format and the new test code will be 5551. (The paper-delivered format will only be available as required for ADA accommodations.) The new test covers the same content as the previous test. However, scores are reported on a different scale, so requirements will vary from previous versions. All scores for discontinued tests are reportable for 10 years from the date the test was taken. Consult the Test Requirements table for specific score requirements.
  • ETS is offering several additional tests in a computer-delivered format which will be introduced throughout the testing year. Visit Test Centers and Dates to find testing centers near you. The computer-delivered versions cover the same content as the paper-delivered versions and are scored on the same scale; however, the computer-delivered tests have different test codes.
    • Music: Content and Instruction (5114) — February 2014*
    • Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood (5691) — July 2014
    • Special Education: Education of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students (5272) — April 2014
    • Special Education: Teaching Students with Visual Impairments (5282) — April 2014
    • Speech Communication: Content Knowledge (5221) — December 2013
    • Technology Education (5051) — July 2014

    * Beginning February 2014 this test will not be available in a paper-delivered format except as required for ADA accommodations.

  • If you test in Missouri, your score report will be sent automatically to the Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. If you test outside of Missouri, select the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (state code 7625) as a score recipient when you register or on an additional score report request.

Who Must Take the Tests?

Prior to entering a teacher education program at your college or university, you may be required to take the College Basic Academic Subjects Examination (CBASE) test of general knowledge.

In Missouri, you must also take the appropriate Praxis II® tests for each area of certification you seek.

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