Teacher Certification & DESE Approved Programs

Programs Offered:

The undergraduate degree programs 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, approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). 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. The Studies in Teaching and Learning major is available for education students who have completed their undergraduate degree requirements but do not yet meet all requirements for a state-approved teaching certificate.

The Missouri Baptist University Teacher Education Program prepares professional educators for certification in both public and private educational settings in the following areas.  To view the curriculum matrix for each program below, showing MBU program alignment to DESE certification requirements, click on the associated blue hyperlink.

Certification Subject Area Concentration/Endorsement Grade Level Undergraduate Graduate Stand Alone/Add-on
Early Childhood Birth-Grade 3 X X SA/AO
Elementary Education 1-6 X X SA/AO
Middle School Education Business Education 5-9 X X SA/AO
  Language Arts 5-9 X X SA/AO
Social Studies 5-9 X X SA/AO
Mathematics 5-9 X X SA/AO
Science 5-9 X X SA/AO
Speech/Theatre 5-9 X X SA/AO
Secondary (9-12) Biology 9-12 X X SA
  Business Education 9-12 X X SA/AO
Chemistry 9-12 X X SA
Driver Education 1 9-12 X X AO
English 9-12 X X SA/AO
Marketing Education 9-12 X X AO
Mathematics 9-12 X X SA/AO
Social Sciences 9-12 X X SA/AO
Speech/Theatre 9-12 X X SA/AO
K-12 Health K-12 X X SA/AO
  Music Vocal
Physical Education K-12 X X SA/AO
Library Media Specialist 2 K-12 X SA
Special Reading3 K-12 X AO
Special Education Early Childhood Special Education Birth-Grade 3 X X SA/AO
  Cross-Categorical Disabilities Mild/Moderate K-12 X X SA/AO
Student Services Counselor (non-certification) K-12 X SA
Counselor K-12 X SA
Psychological Examiner4 K-12 X AO
Administration School Leader5 K-12 X SA
  Special Education Director6 K-12 X SA
Superintendent7 K-12 X SA


1 Teacher must be certificated in another elementary, middle school, or secondary teaching field.

2 Library Media Specialist is available as a stand-alone certification at the graduate level; students may pursue this certification in conjunction with the Master of Arts in Teaching and/or the Graduate Certificate in Library Media Specialist.

3 A valid Missouri teacher’s certificate in another elementary, middle, or secondary teaching field and two (2) years of classroom teaching experience are required.

4 A valid Missouri teacher’s certificate or student services certificate is required.

5 A valid Missouri teacher’s certificate plus three (3) years of classroom teaching experience are required.

6 Certification in special education or student services, a Master of Educational Administration degree, and a minimum of three (3) years teaching experience in special education or student services are required.

7 A minimum of one (1) year of experience as a building- or district-level administrator at a public or accredited non-public school is required.