Obtain your certificate with the State of Missouri

DESE Teacher certification completion

Follow the steps outlined on the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Teacher certification checklist  to complete the certification process through the State of Missouri. Columbia College will then be able to recommend you for an Initial Teaching Certificate.

Refer to the application status information sheet  for clarification on what the status phrases mean.

DESE School Leader (K-12) certification completion

Follow the steps outlined on the DESE School Leader K-12 certification checklist  to complete the certification process through the State of Missouri. Columbia College will then be able to recommend you for an School Leader K-12 Certificate.

DESE Special Reading certification completion

Follow the steps outlined on the DESE Special Reading certification checklist  to complete the certification process through the State of Missouri. Columbia College will then be able to recommend you for a Special Reading add-on certificate.

DESE Gifted certification completion

Follow the steps outlined on the DESE Gifted certification checklist  to complete the certification process through the State of Missouri. You will then be able to apply for the Gifted add-on certificate. This certificate does not require a recommendation from Columbia College.