Teacher Certification

Programs Offered:

The undergraduate degree plans offered by the School of Education, with the exception of Child Development and Studies in Teaching and Learning, are designed to meet Missouri State Teacher Certification requirements. The Child Development major is intended for those individuals who desire to work in settings not requiring state teacher certification, such as daycare centers and preschools. Studies in Teaching and Learning is available for students who are not in a position to complete certification but are otherwise ready to graduate.

The Missouri Baptist University Teacher Education Program prepares professional educators for certification in both public and private educational settings at the following levels:

Early Childhood

Birth-Grade 3


Grades 1-6

Middle School

Grades 5-9


Grades 9-12


Kindergarten-Grade 12

Special Education:

·        Early Childhood

·        Cross-Categorical Disabilities Mild to Moderate

Birth-Grade 3 Kindergarten-Grade 12

Driver Education*

Grades 9-12

Special Reading*

Kindergarten-Grade 12

*Requires initial certification in another field

At the middle school level, certification is offered in the following areas of concentration: Business Education, Language Arts, Mathematics, General Science, Social Science, and Speech/Theatre. At the secondary level, certification is offered in Biology Education, Business Education, Chemistry Education, English, Marketing Education, Mathematics, Social Science, and Speech/Theatre. At the K-12 level, certification is offered in the following areas: Health Education, Music (vocal or instrumental), Physical Education, and Library Media Specialist (available at the graduate-level only). Special education certifications include Early Childhood (birth-grade 3) and Cross-Categorical Disabilities Mild to Moderate (K-12). Driver Education and Special Reading (graduate only) are programs which require Missouri certification in another field. Special Reading also requires two years of teaching experience and recommendation by an educator preparation program (EPP).  Driver Education can be added on by the candidate without recommendation from an EPP.

Certification Options Available