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.


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 2 years of student’s teacher certification program. Undergraduate students who have been admitted to UMKC as an education major and have completed all pre-requisite 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.

Exam costs updated as of July 2016. Please visit individual registration websites for complete information regarding costs and fees associated with state-required examinations for teacher candidates.

Missouri Content Assessment Cut Score = 220


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

Test# Sub-test Name UMKC Cut Score
001 English/Language Arts 220
002 Writing 193
003 Mathematics 183
004 Science 202
005 Social Studies 202

UMKC MoGEA Cut Scores for August 31, 2015 – Present

Test# Sub-test Name UMKC Cut Score
066 Reading Comprehension & Interpretation 220
067 Writing 220
068 Mathematics 240
069 Science & Social Studies 220

MoGEA cut scores (minimum passing scores) are subject to change based on standards set by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation programs (CAEP).