In addition to an application, employers expect a credential file when you apply for a job in an educational setting. Typically, a credential file contains the following documents:

  • resume
  • cover letter
  • list of references
  • letters of recommendation
  • student teaching evaluation
  • copy of your latest background check
  • copy of your teacher certificates
  • transcripts

If you are currently an undergraduate student, you may not have all of these materials (e.g. your teacher certification) when applying for jobs. Employers understand this and consider your application with the most up-to-date information you can provide.

If you are currently an undergraduate student who is student teaching, you may request a letter verifying future certification from our office by sending an email with the subject “Request for Letter of Certification”. Please make sure to include your name, student number, the program you are enrolled in and the certification(s) you are pursuing.

Self-Managed Credential Files

As technology has advanced over the years, most school districts require that applications and credential files be submitted online. Because of this, our office has eliminated credential services for students. Instead, we encourage you to keep a self-managed credential file.

Our office is available to answer any questions you may have about this process.


107 Hill Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-5069