Teacher Certification

Programs Offered:

The academic degree plans offered by the Education Division, 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

Gifted Education*

Kindergarten-Grade 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 Business Education, English, Mathematics, 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 categorical sciences: Biology, Chemistry, and General Science. At the K-12 level, certification is offered in the following areas: Health, 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, Gifted Education (graduate only), and Special Reading (graduate only) are programs which require Missouri certification in another field. Gifted Education and Special Reading also require two years of teaching experience.

Certification Options Available