Missouri – State Information

MEA President: Chris Sprague
Advocacy Leadership Force member: Jocelyn Prendergast
ALF Member Email: jprend@truman.edu

2021 Legislative Session Info- Legislature Website

Legislative Calendar

Convenes: 1/13/2021
Adjourns: 5/30/2021

Meeting in person in 2021

Cross-Over Deadline 5/7/2921
Budget Deadline None
Introduction Deadlines 3/11/2021
Governor Michael Parson (R)
Education Committee Chairs

House: CHAIR: Rep. Rebecca Roeber (R)
VICE CHAIR: Rep. Chuck Basye (R)

Senate: CHAIR: Sen. Gary Romine (R)
VICE CHAIR: Sen. A. Wayne Wallingford Jr. (R)

Partisan Split House: R       Senate: R
House Clerk Contact 573-751-4017
Senate Secretary Contact 573-751-3766
Carryover to 2022 No

State Board of Education

State Board of Education Website  
State Board of Education Meeting Schedule  
State Commissioner Margie Vandeven

ESSA Implementation Information

ESSA State Plan 

Title I Director Julia Cowell, Director, MO DESE, 573-751-8843
Title IV Director Organize staff by geographic regions. You can find list of staff
contacts here: https://dese.mo.gov/quality-schools/federalprograms/staff-contacts
Title IV Website Not found
Title IV Allocations  
Application Timeline for Federal Funds July 1


State Certification Information


Certificate Age Levels and Subject Areas

Levels and Length of Certification

Testing Requirements

Teacher Performance Assessment




*Does not account for assessment fee (e.g., Praxis, edTPA, etc.)s

Alternate Path to Licensure

State Certification Website:


General Skills Test

Content/Subject Specific Test

Pedagogical Knowledge


Additional Coursework


More information can be found at:

MO Instrumental Music K-12
Vocal Music K-12
Initial Professional (4-year)
Career Continuous (lifetime)
Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments: General Education Assessment (MoGEA) Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments: Music Instrumental & Vocal None MEES No Contact DESE for further info $100 application (out-of-state)
$43.05 fingerprinting
Yes https://dese.mo.gov/educator-quality/certification/routes-certification https://dese.mo.gov/educator-quality/certification June 2020

COVID-19 Information

Pandemic Recovery Considerations: Re-Entry and Reopening of Schools

Districts are required to open by Aug. 24, but can receive a waiver from the state’s department of education to open later. Students must be in school at least two days a week.

Title IV Success Stories