STEP 1. COMPLETE AN ONLINE SUBSTITUTE CERTIFICATE APPLICATION
You will first need to create a profile in the DESE certification system. Please follow the instructions outlined in the Educator Certification System Help Guide for the Certification System.
After you have created a profile in the certification system, find the “applications” link in the menu on the left-hand side of the screen to see a list of application types.
Choose “Substitute” from the list to create an online application. Complete and submit the application.
A non-refundable processing fee of $50 is required. The fee will be paid at the time the application is submitted online. Fees may be paid by credit/debit card or by e-check.
STEP 2. SUBMIT REQUIRED SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION TO DESE
ORIGINAL TRANSCRIPTS from ALL institutions you have attended must be mailed to: Educator Certification, PO Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480. Please be sure to include your Social Security number or Educator ID number on all of the transcripts. Faxed, scanned, emailed, or photocopied transcripts will not be accepted. Transcripts become the property of the department and cannot be returned.
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION FROM APPROVED SUBSTITUTE TRAINING – CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE TRAINING
COPY OF HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA, GENERAL EDUCATION DIPLOMA (GED), OR HIGH SCHOOL EQUIVALENCY TEST (HiSET) must be mailed to: Educator Certification, PO Box 480, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0480. Please be sure to include your Social Security number or Educator ID number. Faxed, scanned, or emailed documents will not be accepted. These documents become the property of the department and cannot be returned.
STEP 3. FINGERPRINT/BACKGROUND CHECK
1. Log-on to www.machs.mo.gov
2. Click on the “blue box” MACHS Fingerprint Search Portal
3. Click on the “blue box” Register with MACHS
4. In the yellow highlighted box, enter 0365 and hit “enter”
5. Enter your personal information
6. At the Missouri Background Check Fingerprint Summary verify all personal data and agency information before proceeding. If all information entered is accurate and complete, click COMPLETE REGISTRATION. This will take you to the fingerprint services vendor for further processing to include payment and to select a fingerprint location. Please note your Transaction Control Number (TCN). The TCN will be required at the time of fingerprinting to confirm your MACHS registration data.