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Cost information and suggestions for teacher certification program students

Teaching is a rewarding field, and with careful planning, obtaining teacher certification can be affordable.

To make it easier to plan, here are the main costs associated with becoming a teacher in the State of Missouri.

Assessments

Missouri requires various assessments throughout a student's teacher certification program. They are:

Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) - The cost for all four subtests taken together is $49. The cost for a single subtest is $25 each. Any subtest of the MoGEA that does not receive the Columbia College required score would need to be repeated and the fee paid again. (Note: The cost for all four subtests will increase to $59 on July 1, 2019.)

Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) - The cost of these assessments vary ($77 to $189 per assessment) depending on the area of certification. Some certification areas require multiple assessments while others may only require one. (Note: Many of these assessments will have reduced cost beginning July 1, 2019.)

Note: Some testing centers may also charge an exam sitting fee. For additional information about these assessments, visit the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments website (click "tests" at the top of the page for current costs of assessments). 

Tuition

Tuition is another cost to consider, especially for student teaching which is a 16-week placement in a school. During this time, maintaining a separate job may be difficult.

How to plan

Since the assessments are not covered by financial aid, students should determine, with their advisor, the semester/session they plan to take the assessments. Set aside income or save any financial aid refund from previous terms to help defray the cost. 

Certification Application Costs (through Mo-DESE)

The State of Missouri charges fees for some applications. The certificates that include application fees are:

  • Non-Missouri Graduate application - $100
  • Additional ("Add-On") application - $35
  • Upgrades (to existing certificates) - $35
  • Temporary - $50
  • Substitute - $50
  • ABCTE - $100
  • Provisional - $50

(Initial Certificates for students who completed their teacher preparation program at a Missouri institution have no application fee.)

Fingerprinting is required for any new certification application. This fee is currently $41.75. (2019)

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