Teacher Certification

Programs Offered:

The academic degree plans offered by the Education Division, with the exception of Child Development and General Studies in 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. General Studies in 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
Early Childhood Special Education* Birth-Grade 3
Elementary Grades 1-6
Middle School Grades 5-9
Secondary Grades 9-12
Special Education: Cross-Categorical Disabilities Mild to Moderate Kindergarten-Grade 12
Driver Education* Grades 9-12
Library Media Specialist Kindergarten-Grade 12
Gifted Education Kindergarten-Grade 12
Special Reading* Kindergarten-Grade 12

 *Endorsements requiring initial certification in another field

Available Certificate options

At the middle school level, certification is offered in the following areas of concentration: Business Education, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Science, and Speech/Theatre. At the secondary level, certification is offered in Business Education, English, Health (9-12), Mathematics, Music (vocal, instrumental, and vocal/instrumental, K-12), Physical Education (K-12 and 9-12), Social Science, Speech/Theatre, and Unified Science with an endorsement in either Biology or Chemistry. For students already holding a baccalaureate degree, certification-only programs are available in Biology, Chemistry, and General Science (9-12). Library Media Specialist certification is available at the graduate-level only, either as a stand-alone K-12 certification, or as an endorsement, which requires Missouri certification in another field. Endorsements are also offered for Cross-Categorical Disabilities, Driver Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Gifted Education (graduate only), and Special Reading (graduate only), which require Missouri certification in another field. Gifted Education and Special Reading also require two years of teaching experience. Cross-categorical Disabilities is available as a stand-alone certification for post-baccalaureate students.

Certificate options available