Process for Becoming a Teacher

Congratulations on your decision to become a certified teacher! As you prepare, be sure to read through the information below to ensure that you are track and fully aware of your degree and teacher certification requirements.


Major Maps, Programs of Study, & Student Forms
Find curriculum information about School of Education undergraduate majors (Major Maps) and graduate degrees (Programs of Study), in addition to important student applications, petitions, and forms.


Admission to the Teacher Education Program
The Teacher Education (TE) Professional Program is the final 1-2 years of student’s teacher certification program. Undergraduate students who have been admitted to UMKC as an education major and have completed all required coursework are ready to apply to the TE Professional Program.


Field Experience, Background Checks, & Student Teaching
To become a certified teacher, students must successfully complete various field experiences, including student teaching. Student teaching, a semester-long experience, occurs at the end of the program after all coursework has been completed. The School of Education places teacher candidates in a school within of one of our nine partner school districts and, for this to happen, qualified students are to notify School of Education Student Services one full semester before placement is to begin.


Certification Information
Once a student completes the approved coursework for each certification area sought, student teaching requirements, and the national tests for teacher certification, the School of Education will recommend the student to become certified to teach in the state of Missouri. Graduating students must submit an application for certification; the applications are processed once all grades/degrees are up-to-date on the student’s UMKC transcript.


Testing Requirements
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has initiated a comprehensive approach to assessing teacher candidates known as the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA). Below are the exams you will need to complete toward teacher certification in the state of Missouri.


UMKC MoGEA Cut Scores for October 1, 2013 – August 30, 2015

Test#Sub-test NameUMKC Cut Score
001English/Language Arts220
005Social Studies202


UMKC MoGEA Cut Scores for August 31, 2015 – Present

Test#Sub-test NameUMKC Cut Score
066Reading Comprehension & Interpretation220
069Science & Social Studies220