Missouri Substitute Teacher Requirements
Individuals with valid Missouri teaching certificates who wish to substitute teach in a school district are no longer required by the department to apply for a substitute certificate. This includes individuals who hold an initial professional, career continuous professional, lifetime, student services, administration, provisional, and/or temporary certificate. There are restrictions on the number of hours a retired teacher may substitute teach. If, at any time, the educator allows his/her teaching certificate to expire, then a substitute certificate would be required.
A Content Substitute certificate is for individuals wishing to substitute teach in the K-12 classroom setting (elementary, middle/high school content areas, special education, art, music, PE, etc.). A Content Substitute certificate may be granted to an individual who meets the following criteria:
- has completed a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit from a regionally accredited, academic degree-granting, college or university.
- verification of these hours must be provided with an original transcript from each institution the applicant has attended.
A Career Technical Substitute certificate is for individuals who will only substitute teach in a career center or an approved vocational program in courses such as carpentry, welding, nursing, etc. A Career Technical Substitute certificate is granted based upon an applicant’s occupational experience and training in a specific field. Applicants must meet one of the following:
- a bachelor’s degree in an area appropriate for the career/technical area sought and four thousand (4,000) hours of locally approved, related occupational experience; or
- an associate’s degree in an area appropriate for the career/technical area sought and five thousand (5,000) hours of locally approved, related experience; or
- six thousand (6,000) hours of locally approved, related occupational experience.