How to Become a Teacher in Missouri

One goal for education in Missouri is to have all children graduate ready for college and career. You can help Missouri achieve that goal. Teaching is an extremely rewarding career and the following steps will help you become a teacher in this great state.

Choose What You Want to Teach

In Missouri, teachers are certified in various areas of early childhood, elementary, middle, secondary, and special education. One of the first things to decide on is the age group of the children you would like to teach. Do you prefer working with younger kids or older? For example, if you prefer working with younger children, you can consider getting an elementary school certification. The choice is yours. Where does your heart lie? The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education hosts useful information on schools, teachers, and students in the state, which could help you make your decision.

Complete Your Education Requirements for Teaching in Missouri

Just like other states, Missouri requires that state certified teachers possess a Bachelor's Degree and complete a teacher preparation program from an accredited institution of higher education.

If you do not have a Bachelor's Degree yet, you can enroll in a blended program which would allow you to complete the requirements for a Bachelor's Degree and Missouri educator program simultaneously. These programs are ideal for those who know going into college that they want to become a teacher.

If at this point you already have a Bachelor's Degree, you can complete a teacher preparation program through an alternative or post-baccalaureate route.

Complete a Teacher Preparation Program

If you plan on teaching in a public school, you will be required to earn your educator certification. This certification is usually obtained through the completion of a teacher preparation. Teacher preparation programs could be completed online or on an actual campus. The program must be accredited by the state and by CAEP. CAEP is a combination of two former accrediting agencies, NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) and TEAC (Teacher Education Accreditation Council).

Teacher preparation programs in Missouri are often organized as follows: coursework and fieldwork. The coursework and classes you take will usually focus on subject-based teaching methods, differentiated instructional strategies, assessment, technology integration, and more. Fieldwork includes classroom observations, internships, student teaching, or a combination of all three. Student teaching or interning usually requires a preservice teacher to work under the supervision and guidance of a mentor teacher. The preservice teacher will act as the classroom teacher for a specified amount of time planning and executing lessons.

Alternative Teacher Certification in Missouri

The following are some alternative routes to teacher certification in Missouri.

American Board of Certification for Teacher Excellence (ABCTE)

American Board of Certification for Teacher Excellence (ABCTE) route: This route is for individuals who already have a Bachelor's Degree in an unrelated field. At this time, the state of Missouri only accepts certificates through the ABCTE route in the areas of Middle or High School Mathematics, U.S./World History, English/Language Arts, Biology, Chemistry, General Science, Physics, and Elementary Education.

Teaching Certificate in Another State

Out-of-State Certified route: This route is for teachers who hold a valid teaching certificate from another state. For this, verification of certification from the other state must be provided to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Individuals could qualify for an initial or career certificate, depending on the number of previous years of teaching experience.

Temporary Authorization

Temporary Authorization route: This route is for individuals with a Bachelor's Degree in a content area (such as Mathematics or English). With this route, the individual will take a specified amount of self-directed courses (no more than 24 units) and meet specified competencies. In addition, the candidate will have the opportunity to teach for two years while being mentored by a school district. Lastly, the candidate will be required to pass at least two exit examinations. When all the requirements are met, the candidate will be able to receive his/her initial certification.

Career and Technical Education in Missouri

The state of Missouri is currently in need of high quality Career and Technical Education (CTE) professionals. With that said, the state seeks qualified Career and Technical Education teachers. Many programs in the state help prepare teachers to become highly effective educators as they prepare their own students for life and careers.

Missouri's Career and Technical Education programs merge academics and occupational skills training. This combination allows students to practice skills and learn from professionals about possible career paths. Training programs are often offered in Agriculture, Business, Marketing, Family and Consumer Sciences, Health Sciences, Cooperative Education, and Skilled Technical Sciences.

Throughout the 2013-2014 school year, almost 250,000 Missouri school students and adults participated in Career and Technical Education training programs. These programs took place in career centers, high schools, community colleges, as well as four-year colleges and universities. Participation in CTE programs continues to grow throughout the state.

Chris L. Nicastro (Missouri Commissioner of Education) said, "In today's globally competitive world, it's essential for students to have the necessary skills to succeed when they enter the workplace."

For more information about CTE in Missouri, you can visit http://dese.mo.gov/college-career-readiness/career-education.

Pass the Required Tests for Missouri

MEGA (Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments)

The Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments are a series of assessments for prospective educators. For teacher certification in Missouri, candidates should pass a series of assessments under the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA):

Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA)

The Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) is to be taken as a requirement for admission into undergraduate educator preparation programs in the state. This is the official assessment required into professional education programs in the state's colleges and universities. The test includes sections on English Language Arts, Writing, Mathematics, Science and Social Science. This assessments began in September of 2013 and has replaced the CBASE test.

Missouri Educator Profile (MEP)

The MEP is designed to assess a person's work style to support the development of effective educator work habits. There are no right or wrong answers when it comes to assessing a teacher candidate's work style.

Missouri Content Area Exams

The content area assessments are exit assessments. They should be completed in all areas of desired certification. The Missouri Content Assessments took place of the Praxis II as of September 2, 2014. The Missouri Content Assessments replaced the Praxis II beginning September 2014. If you passed the Praxis II Content Assessment on or before August 31, 2015, you will be allowed to use your score until December 31, 2016.

Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA)

The MoPTA is required for certification by candidates from the state of Missouri seeking certification for teaching. The assessment is aligned with Missouri's Teacher Standards and Quality Indicators and is to be taken during a candidate's clinical experience.

In order to develop more effective teachers in the classroom, the MoPTA was designed to assess a pre-service teacher's instructional capabilities before receiving a license. The assessment allows individuals to identify strengths and areas for improvement as well as planning for professional growth.

The assessment is made up of four tasks which include written commentary and submission of required documents and artifacts. Tasks are completed by uploading associated commentary and artifacts to an online submission system.

There are two versions of the MoPTA: a video option (MoPRA-V) and a non-video option (MoPta-NV). The non-video option is reserved for student teachers who are not permitted to record videos while teaching. Teacher candidates can check with their educator preparation program to determine which assessment is required of them.

For more information on the MoPTA, please visit: http://mega.ets.org/test-takers/mopta/about

Apply for your Missouri Teacher Certification

There are certain requirements that must be met before applying for licensure. The Compendium of Missouri Certification Requirements Index provides teaching candidates with the certification requirements for each subject area and license type in the state.

Background checks are also required before one can be licensed as a teacher in Missouri. For more information, visit the Missouri DESE Fingerprint Information Checklist and background check FAQ for resources regarding how to obtain background clearance to become a teacher in the state of Missouri.

Application Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Non-refundable application fee
  • Official college transcript(s) showing proof of at least a Bachelor's Degree and completion of an educator preparation program
  • Clear status ob required background examinations
  • Passing status on all required assessments

Contact Information

Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
205 Jefferson Street
Jefferson City, Missouri 65102
Phone: (573) 751-0051

Find a Teaching Job in Missouri

Once you fulfill all the requirements and your application is processed, you will be ready to begin your career as a teacher in Missouri! You will have the power to help children graduate ready for college and career.

Teaching at a Public School in Missouri

Applicants looking for teaching jobs in the state of Missouri are encouraged to visit the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website. From that website, applicants can enter the Missouri Public School District Jobs (MOREAP) portal.

Current needs within the state are for teachers qualified for foreign languages, sciences, math, language arts, and special education.

Teacher Unions in Missouri

Successful candidates may join a union such as the Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA) or the state chapter of the National Education Association. Also available is the American Federation of Teachers - Missouri chapter. Teacher unions advocate public recognition and support for the work that teachers do every day.

Teaching in a Private School in Missouri

Teachers wishing to pursue an alternate employment environment are welcome to apply to any of Missouri's 702 private schools. Even though private schools are not required by law to hire certificated employees, many school prefer to do so. More than three-quarters of the state's private schools have a religious affiliation and some are gender-segregated, or favor a Montessori philosophy.

Retirement Benefits for Public School Teachers

Finally, teachers who retire from public positions are eligible to collect a pension through the Public School & Education Employee Retirement Systems of Missouri (PSRS/PEERS).

Teacher Shortage in Missouri by Subjects or Discipline (2014-2015)

The following list of teacher shortage areas in Missouri has been obtained from the U.S. Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education, Teacher Shortage Area (TSA) list for the 2014-2015 school year

  • Blind/Partially Sighted
  • Deaf/Hearing Impaired
  • Early Childhood Special Education (Birth

Number of Public School Teachers By Grade

The table below lists the number of public school teachers in Missouri by grade level during the 2012-2013 school year.

Grade LevelNumber of Teachers
Pre-kindergarten & Preschool Teachers1,906
Kindergarten Teachers4,201
Elementary Teachers28,113
Middle & High School Teachers32,029

Data obtained from the State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey Data 2013

Number of Private School Teachers By Grade

There are more than 580 private schools with an estimated 8,200 private school teachers in Missouri. The table below details the number of teachers by grade level during the 2011-2012 school year.

Grade LevelNumber of Teachers
Elementary School Teachers4,382
Middle & High School Teachers1,713
Combined K-12 School Teachers2,078

Data obtained from the Private School Universe Survey (PSS) 2012

Continue Your Education and Professional Development

High-quality professional development for teaching staff has proven to increase student achievement, as well as boost salary and advance teacher career goals. In order to ensure that professional development opportunities are relevant and of superior quality, teachers are encouraged to source offerings through appropriate district channels. Ensure that offerings are accredited, data-driven, and promote collaboration. Collaboration is integral, even if the platform that the offerings are delivered on are independent (i.e. online professional development offerings should still promote collaborative efforts).

Professional Development in Missouri

Missouri's State Department of Education plays an active role in helping teachers engage in professional development. The Department of Education provides online resources like Missouri Observation Simulation Tool (MOST), Model Evaluation System,and MyLearningPlan.com. In addition, the department functions as a database for helping teachers find professional learning communities and regional professional development centers. Teachers are encouraged to network with colleagues and Missouri's Exemplary Schools in order to gain information regarding appropriate and relevant professional development opportunities.

Employment and Teacher Salary in Missouri

New teachers in Missouri can expect to make $30,064 during the first year of their full-time contract. While this is slightly lower than the per capita personal salary of other careers in the state, teachers quickly exceed state averages by being rewarded for tenure and certifications. Dynamic, certified teachers are required to fill some state-defined shortages in the preschool, elementary and secondary panels - some opportunities are special education, and foreign languages. Teachers are also encouraged to apply to larger districts like Springfield R-XII, St. Louis, and Rockwood R-VI first as they generally have the most need.

Total Employed

24,240

Salary Range

$36,040 - $74,650

Elementary school teachers have a salary range between $36,040 to $74,650 a year in Missouri. There are around twenty four thousand employed elementary school teachers. Read about what it takes to become an elementary school teacher.

Elementary School Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
St. Louis11,750$55,870
Kansas City9,670$50,580
Springfield1,300$43,060
Joplin780$43,530
Columbia490$45,010
St. Joseph460$40,360
Jefferson City370$38,910
Cape Girardeau, Jackson250$41,090

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Elementary School Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2021)

Total Employed

1,340

Salary Range

$42,900 - $96,200

English teachers have a salary range between $42,900 to $96,200 a year in Missouri, with over 1,340 employed in the state. See details on how to become an english teacher.

English Language and Literature Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
St. Louis800$54,340
Kansas City300$62,170
Springfield110-
Columbia100$64,570

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for English Language and Literature Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1123)

Total Employed

20,900

Salary Range

$36,400 - $70,180

As a high school teacher in Missouri you can expect to make between $36,400 - $70,180. There are around twenty thousand employed high school teachers. Take the next step and learn to how to become a high school teacher.

High School Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
St. Louis10,140$54,500
Kansas City6,840$50,100
Springfield1,370$39,860
St. Joseph640$40,770
Jefferson City580$38,640
Columbia510$43,420
Cape Girardeau, Jackson420$44,790
Joplin380$48,310

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for High School Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2031)

Total Employed

510

Salary Range

$50,590 - $107,200

In Missouri, a history teacher's salary may range from $50,590 to $107,200. There are around 510 employed history teachers. Get more information about becoming a history teacher.

History Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
St. Louis230$66,940
Kansas City110$64,150
Columbia60$69,420
Springfield40$73,050

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for History Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1125)

Total Employed

3,120

Salary Range

$35,470 - $71,800

Kindergarten teachers in Missouri, can earn between $35,470 to $71,800 a year. There are around three thousand employed kindergarten teachers. Read about what it takes to become a kindergarten teacher.

Kindergarten Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
St. Louis1,300$52,770
Kansas City1,170$48,550
Joplin180$39,810
Springfield170$38,090
Columbia60$39,730
St. Joseph50$41,340
Jefferson City40$41,450
Cape Girardeau, Jackson30$41,260

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Kindergarten Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2012)

Total Employed

63,880

Salary Range

$35,470 - $117,370

As a math teacher in Missouri you can expect to make between $35,470 - $117,370. Missouri is home to about sixty thousand math teachers. See our guide on how to become a math teacher.

Mathematical Science Teachers (College Professor)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
St. Louis480$63,740
Kansas City250$63,540
Springfield140-
Columbia120$83,720
Joplin60-

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Mathematical Science Teachers (College Professor) (SOC Code: 25-1022)

Total Employed

5,070

Salary Range

$17,650 - $59,110

P.e. teachers have a salary range between $17,650 to $59,110 a year in Missouri. Missouri is home to about five thousand p.e. teachers. See our guide on how to become a p.e. teacher.

Coaches and Scouts
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
St. Louis3,080$26,890
Kansas City1,300$37,440
Springfield350$38,340
Columbia310-
Jefferson City190$29,930
St. Joseph130$29,500
Cape Girardeau, Jackson90$33,270
Joplin80$34,100

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Coaches and Scouts (SOC Code: 27-2022)

Total Employed

6,000

Salary Range

$19,510 - $42,980

In Missouri, a preschool teacher's salary may range from $19,510 to $42,980, with over 6,000 employed in the state. See details on how to become a preschool teacher.

Preschool Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
St. Louis3,230$27,100
Kansas City2,500$29,070
Springfield250$23,270
Cape Girardeau, Jackson160$19,910
Columbia150$28,910
St. Joseph150$23,300
Joplin130$26,250
Jefferson City-$33,640

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Preschool Teachers (SOC Code: 25-2011)

Total Employed

5,160

Salary Range

$30,440 - $120,790

As a school administrator in Missouri you can expect to make between $30,440 - $120,790. Missouri is home to about five thousand school administrators. Take the next step and learn to how to become a school administrator.

Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
St. Louis440$38,040
Kansas City310$53,620
Springfield30$34,540

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program (SOC Code: 11-9031)

Education Administrators, Elementary, Middle, and High School
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
St. Louis2,220$97,490
Kansas City1,550$92,700
Springfield280$83,440
Joplin130$74,900
Columbia120$80,070
Jefferson City90$69,140
St. Joseph80$78,440
Cape Girardeau, Jackson60$79,160

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Education Administrators, Elementary, Middle, and High School (SOC Code: 11-9032)

Total Employed

6,680

Salary Range

$35,090 - $73,370

School counselors in Missouri, can earn between $35,090 to $73,370 a year, with over 6,680 employed in the state. See our guide on how to become a school counselor.

Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
St. Louis2,700$49,870
Kansas City2,010$51,520
Springfield390$50,290
Columbia300$43,000
Jefferson City200$44,110
Joplin200$41,690
Cape Girardeau, Jackson190$41,220
St. Joseph120$39,850

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors (SOC Code: 21-1012)

Total Employed

3,080

Salary Range

$35,660 - $77,370

School librarians have a salary range between $35,660 to $77,370 a year in Missouri. Missouri is home to about three thousand school librarians. Read about what it takes to become a school librarian.

Librarians
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
St. Louis1,320$54,980
Kansas City1,020$52,760
Springfield230$49,130
Columbia100$44,050
Jefferson City100$39,930
St. Joseph100$39,020
Joplin70$49,320
Cape Girardeau, Jackson40$37,550

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Librarians (SOC Code: 25-4021)

Total Employed

7,640

Salary Range

$27,450 - $95,790

In Missouri, a special education teacher's salary may range from $27,450 to $95,790. Missouri is home to about seven thousand special education teachers. Interested in becoming a special education teacher?

Special Education Teachers (Preschool)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
St. Louis150$39,190
Kansas City80$59,260

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (Preschool) (SOC Code: 25-2051)

Special Education Teachers (Kindergarten and Elementary School)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Kansas City1,760$48,490
St. Louis1,440$58,150
Joplin190$44,440
Springfield180$44,390
Columbia100$49,300
St. Joseph70$41,980
Jefferson City50$44,070
Cape Girardeau, Jackson40$45,180

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (Kindergarten and Elementary School) (SOC Code: 25-2052)

Special Education Teachers (Middle School)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
St. Louis780$62,200
Kansas City550$47,510
Springfield230$63,130
Joplin50$43,510
Cape Girardeau, Jackson40$40,190

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (Middle School) (SOC Code: 25-2053)

Special Education Teachers (High School)
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
St. Louis1,290$66,960
Kansas City1,190$52,180
Springfield210$38,550
Jefferson City80$39,780
Cape Girardeau, Jackson60$44,360
Columbia40$37,560
Joplin40$46,770
St. Joseph40$41,210

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Special Education Teachers (High School) (SOC Code: 25-2054)

Total Employed

15,860

Salary Range

$20,120 - $30,620

In Missouri, a substitute teacher's salary may range from $20,120 to $30,620. Missouri is home to about fifteen thousand substitute teachers. Read about what it takes to become a substitute teacher.

Substitute Teachers
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
St. Louis5,700$27,440
Kansas City4,210$27,500
Springfield1,020$19,230
St. Joseph410$25,490
Cape Girardeau, Jackson140$22,280
Jefferson City-$24,240
Joplin-$22,600

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Substitute Teachers (SOC Code: 25-3098)

Total Employed

16,170

Salary Range

$18,030 - $32,780

In Missouri, a teaching assistant's salary may range from $18,030 to $32,780. There are around sixteen thousand employed teaching assistants. Interested in becoming a teaching assistant?

Teacher Assistants
AreaTotal EmploymentSalary
Kansas City8,060$24,030
St. Louis7,210$26,310
Springfield1,150$21,580
Joplin650$18,470
Jefferson City360$19,750
Cape Girardeau, Jackson300$21,320
Columbia290$22,150
St. Joseph280$19,100

Data taken from BLS Occupational Employment Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oes/) for Teacher Assistants (SOC Code: 25-9041)

Top School Districts Supporting Teachers in Missouri

homepage_badge_topTeachers work hard every day and the more support they have the better they can succeed at inspiring our future. This is why Teacher.org has ranked school districts in Missouri that excel in supporting teachers inside and outside of the classroom. 141 school districts in Missouri were analyzed with the top 30 school districts being featured below. The school districts were scored on several factors which represent how well a school district supports their teachers.

For more information on school district rankings, see our methodology page: http://www.teacher.org/school-district-ranking-methodology.

Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 87.37
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 97.8
% Proficiency Score: 75.85

Located in Adair County in Benton Township, Kirksville R-III School District has 5 schools that offer instruction from pre-K to grade 12 and have a total enrollment of over 2600 students. The district employs more than 200 teachers to create a ratio of about 13 students per teacher. Kirksville schools are committed that every student will achieve their potential. Learn more by visiting the Kirksville R-III School District website at kirksville.fesdev.org.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 61.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 82.26
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 95.61
% Proficiency Score: 71.44

Located in Stone County, the Reeds Spring R-Iv School District has a total enrollment of over 1900 students throughout its seven schools. By employing over 145 classroom teachers, the district offers a student-teacher ratio of about 13:1. Instruction is offered from pre-Kindergarten to grade 12 and the Reeds Spring schools expects all students to reach their full potential. Learn more by visiting the Reeds Spring R-Iv School District website at rs-wolves.com.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 57.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 77.6
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 79.54
% Proficiency Score: 90.05

Centred in Rosedale Township, in Christian County, the 11 publicly funded schools in Nixa School District offer instruction for grades pre-K to grade 12 to about 6000 students. The district employs about 400 classroom teachers to instruct elementary, intermediate, junior and high schools which creates a student-teacher ratio of about 15:1. Learn more by visiting the Nixa R-Ii School District website at nixapublicschools.net.

District Details
  • > 400 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 72.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 84.17
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 87.25
% Proficiency Score: 74.64

Headquartered in the city of Warrensburg in Johnson County, the Warrensburg R-VI School District operates nine schools for its over 3300 students. The district employs about 240 teachers to instruct students in pre-K to grade 12 . The student to teacher ratio is about 14:1. Warrensburg schools is committed to education and empowering students to be confident and successful. Learn more by visiting the Warrensburg R-VI School District website at warrensburgr6.org.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 60.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 100
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 48.49
% Proficiency Score: 95.1

Located immediately west of St. Louis, Clayton School District is located in St. Louis County. The publicly funded district offers instruction from Pre-K to grade 12 for over 2000 students enrolled throughout its six schools. The ratio o students to teachers in the district is about 11:1, which enables Clayton School administrators and staff members to commit to inspire its students to love learning. Learn more by visiting the Clayton School District website at clayton.k12.mo.us.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 50 Total Support Staff
  • 76.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 72.61
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 100
% Proficiency Score: 70.23

Headquartered in Laclede County, the Lebanon R-III School District operates eight schools offering academics in grades pre-K through to grade 12. The district employs over 300 teachers to instruct about 4400 students in the elementary, junior, middle and high school levels. With a classroom ratio of about 15:1, Lebanon School District promises to "maximize learning for all students." Learn more by visiting the Lebanon R-3 Schools website at lebanon.k12.mo.us.

District Details
  • > 300 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 56.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 71.84
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 86.8
% Proficiency Score: 82.71

Located north of Kansas City in Clay County, Kearney?School District?provides public education to the residents of the town of Kearney with its seven schools. This public KG-12 district employs more than 230 classroom teachers to instruct approximately 3,550 students. With a student to teacher ratio of 15:1, Kearney R-I School District's mission is to pursue excellence today for tomorrow. Learn more by visiting the Kearney R-I School District website at ksdr1.net.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 66.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 68.91
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 86.77
% Proficiency Score: 85.16

Located just east of downtown Kansas City, in Jackson County, Blue Springs R-IV School District instructs students from the communities of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Independence, Lake Tapawingo and Lee’s Summit. The district operates 22 schools and employs about 900 teachers to instruct over 14,200 students to students from pre-K to grade 12. Student-teacher ratio is about 16:1. Learn more by visiting the Blue Springs R-IV School District website at bssd.net.

District Details
  • > 500 FTE Teachers
  • 10,000-25,000 Students
  • > 400 Total Support Staff
  • 68.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 85.18
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 73.59
% Proficiency Score: 80.82

Knob Noster School District is located in Johnson County in West Central Missouri and covers the communities of Knob Noster, WAFB, and Montserrat. The district operates 4 schools that employ over 120 teachers to meet the needs of over 1500 students. With programming from pre-K to grade 12, Knob Noster schools offer high quality education in a small town atmosphere. Learn more by visiting the Knob Noster R-VIII School District website at knobnoster.k12.mo.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 25 Total Support Staff
  • 65.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 83.79
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 76.06
% Proficiency Score: 77.17

Located in historic Washington, Missouri, the Washington School District is one of the largest districts in the state offering instruction at the elementary, middle and high school level to grades re-K through 12. Enrolment for the district is over 4300 students with over 310 teachers employed to meet student need. This creates a classroom ratio of about 14:1. Washington schools commit to ensuring that all students reach their fullest potential. Learn more by visiting the School District of Washington website at washington.k12.mo.us.

District Details
  • > 300 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 62.1 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 93.85
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 82.84
% Proficiency Score: 59.72

Located in Jackson County, southwest of Kansas City, Center 58 School District operates eight schools from pre-kindergarten through grade 12. With its enrollment of more than 2,500 students, this public district employs approximately 220 teachers to maintain a 12:1 student to teacher ratio. Center 58 School District focuses on building community, achievement, resources, and equity to ensure a place of high student achievement. Learn more by visiting the Center 58 School District website at center.k12.mo.us.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 48.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 82.3
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 84.24
% Proficiency Score: 69.67

Located in the southernmost part of Missouri in Taney County, Hollister R-V School District operates a total of four schools. This public PK-12 district employs approximately 110 teachers to instruct more than 1,400 students. Hollister R-V School District prides themselves in their unrelenting focus on student learning, knowledge, and success. Learn more by visiting the Hollister R-V School District website at hollister.k12.mo.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 50 Total Support Staff
  • 56.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 89.95
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 70.9
% Proficiency Score: 75.13

Committing to developing leaders for the global community, the Maryville R-II School District is headquartered in Nodaway County. The district offers instruction to over 1400 students at the elementary, middle and high school levels. With a student-teacher ratio of about 11:1, the district employs about 122 teachers to meet student need. Learn more by visiting the Maryville R-II Schools website at maryville.k12.mo.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 25 Total Support Staff
  • 60.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 90.57
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 88.01
% Proficiency Score: 57.31

Located in New Madrid County, on the Kentucky Bend of the Mississippi River, the New Madrid County R-I School District is academic home to over 1500 students and employs about 125 teachers to instruct students from pre-K to grade 12. There are 6 schools offering instruction and with a student-teacher ratio of about 12:1, the district asserts they will ensure students have the knowledge, skills, and experience for success in life. Learn more by visiting the New Madrid County R-I School District website at newmadridco.k12.mo.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 50 Total Support Staff
  • 46.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 76.39
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 85.36
% Proficiency Score: 73.4

Centrally located in the Missouri Ozarks region, the West Plains R-VII School district operates 1 high school, 1 middle school and two elementary schools which offers academic instruction to about 2000 students. The district employs about 175 teachers creating a student-teacher ratio of about 11:1. West Plains offers excellence in education, service and life. Learn more by visiting the West Plains R-VII School District website at wphs.k12.mo.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 59.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 85.34
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 85.54
% Proficiency Score: 63.49

On the southwestern border of Missouri in Barton County, Lamar R-I School District operates a total of six schools from pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. With an enrollment of more than 1,300, this public school district has approximately 100 classroom teachers on staff to maintain a 13:1 student to teacher ratio. Lamar R-I School District provides quality education to each student. Learn more by visiting the Lamar R-I School District website at lamar.k12.mo.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 25 Total Support Staff
  • 51.1 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 73.25
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 85.91
% Proficiency Score: 75.21

Located on the Missouri River just northwest of St Louis, the Orchard Farm R-V School District has an enrollment of over 1500 students who receive instruction from Pre-K to grade 12. The district operates one elementary school, one middle school and one high school and employs over 100 teacher for a classroom ratio of 15:1. Orchard Farm School District commits to achieving educational excellence for all students. Learn more by visiting the Orchard Farm R-V School District website at ofsd.k12.mo.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 50 Total Support Staff
  • 60.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 75.13
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 86.52
% Proficiency Score: 72.08

With administrative offices in the city of Cameron, the Cameron R-I school District operates four schools to offer instruction from pre-K to grade 12. Enrolment fro the district stands at about 1700 students. With over 120 teachers employed to meet student need the classroom created is about 14:1. Cameron schools are "preparing students for life". Learn more by visiting the Cameron R-I School District website at cameron.k12.mo.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 50 Total Support Staff
  • 58.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 81.41
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 70.84
% Proficiency Score: 79.46

Located south of the city of St. Louis, Ste. Genevieve County R-II School District operates four public schools. With an enrollment of almost 1,900, the district employs about 140 classroom teachers to meet student needs. Ste. Genevieve County R-II School District assures every student acquires the necessary knowledge and skills to become a successful participant of our evolving society. Learn more by visiting the Ste. Genevieve County R-Ii School District website at stegen.k12.mo.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 1,000-2,000 Students
  • > 50 Total Support Staff
  • 64.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 70.83
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 80.52
% Proficiency Score: 80.22

Located in the southeast portion of the Kansas City metropolitan area, Lee's Summit R-VII School District serves the communities of Lee's Summit, Greenwood, Lake Lotawana, and Lake Winnebago as well as eastern Jackson County, Blue Springs and Kansas City municipalities. The district operates schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels with enrollment of about 17,700 students. Employing over 1100 teachers, the district offer student -teacher ratios of 16:1. Learn more by visiting the Lee's Summit R-7 School District website at lsr7.org.

District Details
  • > 1,000 FTE Teachers
  • 10,000-25,000 Students
  • > 500 Total Support Staff
  • 64.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 83.36
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 82.3
% Proficiency Score: 65.38

St. Clair R-XIII School District is headquartered in Franklin County and instructs about 2100 students. The district offers academic instruction from pre-K to grade 12 in its 5 schools at the elementary, junior high and high school levels. By employing over 170 teachers to meet student need, a student-teacher ratio of about 12:1 is created. Learn more by visiting the St. Clair R-XIII School District website at stcmo.org.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 75 Total Support Staff
  • 52.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 75.2
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 79.86
% Proficiency Score: 75.77

Located in the southeast corner of Missouri, just west of Arkansas, Kennett 39 School District is academic home to about 2100 students and employs about 145 classroom teachers to instruct students from pre-Kindergarten to grade 12. With a student-teacher ratio of about 14:1, the district's 4 schools focus on ensuring all students are able to reach their potential academically. Learn more by visiting the Kennett 39 School District website at kennett.k12.mo.us.

District Details
  • > 100 FTE Teachers
  • 2,000-3,000 Students
  • > 50 Total Support Staff
  • 61.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 74.64
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 76.43
% Proficiency Score: 78.94

Located on the outskirts of Kansas City in Jackson County, Grain Valley R-V School District is a publicly funded district operating eight elementary, middle, and high schools. The district employs almost 240 teachers to instruct approximately 4,000 students. Grain Valley R-V School District is dedicated to educating every student, every day. Learn more by visiting the Grain Valley R-V School District website at gvr5.net.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 63.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 70.54
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 75.03
% Proficiency Score: 83.27

Located just northeast of Kansas City, Missouri in Clay County the Liberty 53 School District has eleven elementary schools, four middle schools, two high schools and an alternative secondary school. It offers academic instruction to over 11,000 students in grades pre-K to 12. Employing about 780 teachers, it has a student-teacher ratio of about 14:1. Learn more by visiting the Liberty 53 School District website at liberty.k12.mo.us.

District Details
  • > 500 FTE Teachers
  • 10,000-25,000 Students
  • > 300 Total Support Staff
  • 67.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 74.26
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 86.73
% Proficiency Score: 67.71

Located at the intersection of US routes 50 and 65 in Pettis County, Sedalia 200 School District employs about 325 teachers to offer instruction from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 to over 4700 students. It operates schools at the elementary, middle, junior and high school levels. The district provides a challenging education in a safe environment for all students. Learn more by visiting the Sedalia 200 School District website at sedalia200.com.

District Details
  • > 300 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 54.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 76.95
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 82.85
% Proficiency Score: 68.39

Located in the heart of the Missouri Ozarks in Pulaski County, Waynesville School District operates nine publicly funded schools from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. With a student enrollment of over 6,200, this school district employs approximately 435 teachers to meet student needs. Waynesville School District is committed to educating individual students for twenty first century challenges. Learn more by visiting the Waynesville School District website at waynesville.k12.mo.us.

District Details
  • > 400 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 55.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 72.23
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 86.86
% Proficiency Score: 68.95

Located in the southwestern corner of the state of Missouri in Newton County, Neosho R-V School District is a publicly funded district operating ten elementary, middle, and high schools. This school district employs more than 300 classroom teachers to meet the educational demand of its student population of approximately 4,700. Neosho R-V School District aims to inspire high academic achievement and maximize personal potential of all students. Learn more by visiting the Neosho R-V School District website at neoshopublicschools.net.

District Details
  • > 300 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 55.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 74.79
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 77.15
% Proficiency Score: 75.89

Located in the community of Willard in Greene County, the Willard R-Li School District operates 8 schools at the elementary, intermediate, middle and high schools. Programming is offered for grades pre-kindergarten to grade 12 with about 300 teachers offering instruction to over 4200 students. The classroom ratios within the district are about 14:1. Learn more by visiting the Willard R-Ii School District website at willardschools.net.

District Details
  • > 200 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 61.0 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 82.4
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 70.85
% Proficiency Score: 74

Located south of Jefferson City and serving the communities of Camden County, Camdenton R-III School District operates nine publicly funded schools. This PK-12 district has a student enrollment of approximately 4,300 and a teaching staff of more than 310. With a student to teacher ratio of 13:1, Camdenton R-III School District's mission is that everyone be learning every day. Learn more by visiting the Camdenton R-III School DistricT website at camdentonschools.schoolwires.net.

District Details
  • > 300 FTE Teachers
  • 3,000-4,000 Students
  • > 100 Total Support Staff
  • 59.5 Avg % Proficiency
Student/Teacher Ratio Score: 70.26
Teacher/Support Ratio Score: 90.44
% Proficiency Score: 66.54

Located in the city of Poplar Bluff, known as the "Gateway to the Ozarks, the Poplar Bluff R-I School District's ten schools have an enrollment of about 5300 students in elementary, middle, junior and high schools. The district employs about 330 teachers to offer programming from Pre-kindergarten to grade 12. Poplar Bluff schools commit to achieving excellence through learning. Learn more by visiting the Poplar Bluff R-I Public School District website at poplarbluffschools.net.

District Details
  • > 300 FTE Teachers
  • 5000-10,000 Students
  • > 150 Total Support Staff
  • 53.5 Avg % Proficiency

Continued List of School Districts in Missouri

RankingSchool DistrictSchoolsTeachersOverall Score
#31 Northwest R-1 SD1044375.69
#32 Warren County R-III School District521875.53
#33 Wentzville R-IV School District1788875.33
#34 Raymore-Peculiar R-II School District1039075.09
#35 Webb City R-VII School District1127574.96
#36 Smithville R-Ii School District415574.92
#37 Park Hill School District1772374.7
#38 Wright City R-Ii School District410674.32
#39 Morgan County R-Ii School District410774.31
#40 Fulton 58 School District516374.3
#41 Moberly School District718174.22
#42 Raytown Quality Schools1961574.22
#43 Fox C-6 School District1876874.02
#44 Cape Girardeau 63 School District936574.01
#45 Fort Osage R-1 School District1233773.9
#46 Ladue School District730673.84
#47 Nevada R-V School District719573.78
#48 Salem R-80 School District410373.7
#49 Parkway School District281,18173.6
#50 Mexico 59 School District618573.52
#51 Belton School District1130673.5
#52 Columbia Public Schools321,30073.42
#53 Branson R-Iv School District830673.29
#54 ockwood School District311,44973.28
#55 Seneca R-VII School District411073.04
#56 Logan-Rogersville R-VIII School District515273.01
#57 Centralia R-VI School District410172.88
#58 Carthage R9 School District932072.69
#59 Springfield Public School District551,66272.68
#60 School Of The Osage R-Ii District414172.45
#61 Southern Boone County R-I School District410972.43
#62 Oak Grove R-VI School District414072.4
#63 Gasconade County R-Ii School District413472.39
#64 Republic R-III School District831572.36
#65 Farmington R-VII School District1024972.35
#66 St. Joseph School District2685672.28
#67 Mcdonald County R-I School District1027972.19
#68 Macon County R-I School District510672.13
#69 Chillicothe R-Ii School District714372.06
#70 Hannibal 60 School District827772.02
#71 Willow Springs R-Iv School District311271.99
#72 Rolla 31 School District827571.92
#73 St. James R-I School District312571.88
#74 Excelsior Springs 40 School District722071.72
#75 Affton 101 School District416171.7
#76 Francis Howell School District231,18571.67
#77 Hillsboro R-III School District623171.66
#78 Winfield R-Iv School District410571.41
#79 Central R-III School District413571.24
#80 Bolivar R-I School District419571.2
#81 Fredericktown R-I School District413571.2
#82 Crawford County R-Ii School District310371.05
#83 Clinton School District513671.01
#84 Boonville R-I School District512070.99
#85 El Dorado Springs R-Ii School District310370.96
#86 Monett R-I School District616570.89
#87 St. Charles R-VI School District1141970.88
#88 Dexter R-XI School District414370.76
#89 Jackson R-Ii School District929970.74
#90 Ozark R-6 School District738170.5
#91 Troy R-III School District1038570.34
#92 Sikeston R-6 School District824770.3
#93 Dallas County R-I School District514770.16
#94 Perry County 32 School District517170.15
#95 Eldon R-I School District514170.06
#96 East Newton County R-VI School District311270.01
#97 Meramec Valley R-III School District1021970
#98 Festus R-VI School District419269.97
#99 Bowling Green R-I School District410169.89
#100 Sullivan School District415669.85
#101 Jefferson City Public School District1762569.84
#102 Marshall School District718169.84
#103 Platte County R-III School District826669.84
#104 Joplin R-VIII School District1954269.74
#105 Pleasant Hill R-III School District514069.5
#106 Aurora R-VIII School District513269.5
#107 Savannah R-III School District716269.03
#108 Pattonville R-III School District1141568.72
#109 Dunklin R-V School District310868.52
#110 Harrisonville R-Ix School District719067.87
#111 Odessa R-VII School District414567.85
#112 Marshfield R-I School District520567.73
#113 North St. Francois County R-I School District621667.14
#114 Mt. Vernon R-V School District410767.13
#115 Cassville R-Iv School District412467.05
#116 Potosi R-III School District415866.93
#117 Kansas City Public Schools341,13766.82
#118 Carl Junction R-I School District621466.48
#119 Doniphan R-I School District411566.06
#120 Union Public School District519766.02
#121 Richmond R-Xvi School District410865.68
#122 Webster Groves School District1031965.58
#123 Fort Zumwalt School District241,14265.55
#124 Desoto 73 School District519965.36
#125 Kirkwood High School937465.01
#126 Windsor C-1 School District519264.8
#127 St. Louis Public Schools782,00664.39
#128 Grandview C-4 School District928564.32
#129 Lindbergh R-Viii School District837063.92
#130 Mountain Grove R-III School District510862.06
#131 North Kansas City Schools321,22261.43
#132 Hickman Mills C-1 School District1448759.44
#133 Mehlville R-Ix School District1768258.45
#134 Independence Public School District3087357.75
#135 University City School District722254.6
#136 Ferguson-Florissant School District2475553.34
#137 Jennings School District814853.17
#138 Normandy School District921352.53
#139 Riverview Gardens School District1331350.83
#140 Ritenour High School937049.77
#141 Hazelwood School District331,11244.89

Data obtained from the Public Elementary/Secondary School Universe Survey