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Teacher Certification

Since June 1, 2011, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) implemented a new online system. All educator certification applications are only submitted electronically through the DESE’s new online certification system. Paper applications will no longer be accepted.

To begin the application process, applicants (i.e. new graduates, educators seeking renewals and upgrades) will need to create a user I.D. and profile. Once an individual account and access is established, the applicant can select the appropriate online application to complete and submit to the Department.  Below you will find links to DESE on accessing the new system and setting up your profile.

If you have any questions related to this process or if you have difficulty logging into the certification web applications, please email certification@dese.mo.gov or call 573-751-0051.

Substitute Certification

A substitute certificate may be granted by DESE to an individual who has completed a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit from an accredited college/university or junior/community college. Individuals applying for a substitute position with Kansas City Public Schools must also have a grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Each applicant is required to complete a background check if they are considered a new hire at a school, or are requesting a new certificate.  If they have previously fingerprinted for DESE, a new fingerprint will have to be completed if the previous is over twelve months old. 

To begin the substitute application process, applicants will need to create a user I.D. and profile. Once an individual account and access is established, the applicant can select the appropriate online application to complete and submit to the Department.  Below you will find links to DESE on accessing the new system and setting up your profile.

Change for Certificated Teachers Who Wish to Substitute

Effective August 29, 2011, individuals with current teaching certificates who wish to substitute teach are no longer required by DESE to apply for a substitute certificate.

IMPORTANT POINTS TO REMEMBER

·   Obtaining/Maintaining a valid teaching and/or substitute certificate is the responsibility of the applicant/educator not the responsibility of the District.

·   You will need to monitor the “Certification Status” section of your profile to make sure that all requirements have been satisfied by DESE in order to receive your certificate.

·   Once you have obtained your certificate, you must submit a copy to the District.

 

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