Overview of Missouri Testing Requirements

Special Alert — Important Information

Beginning September 1, 2014, with the exception of School Psychologist certification, candidates cannot take the Praxis® tests for Missouri educator certification. Beginning on August 29, 2016, the School Psychologist certification requires the passage of the Praxis School Psychologist examination. All other 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 tests: Candidates who have passed the approved the CollegeBASE and/or Praxis tests must have completed their approved programs and applied for certification prior to December 31, 2016.

Expiration date for educators adding certification by Praxis tests: Educators who have passed one or more Praxis test(s) prior to September 2, 2014, must apply for the additional certificate(s) by December 31, 2016.

School Psychologist

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved the Praxis School Psychologist test for state certification as a School Psychologist. See the test requirements page for additional information.

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.

See also:

Missouri Department of Education

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