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By: Fred Wickham and Brian Wood, AFT Missouri legal counsel  

Two often asked questions about Missouri teacher tenure are (1) When does a teacher become tenured?; and (2) What rights are afforded a tenured teacher?  The Missouri Teacher Tenure Act addresses each of these important questions.  

A teacher becomes tenured in Missouri once he or she has been employed as a teacher for five successive years in the same school district and thereafter remains employed in the same district.  Generally, a teacher acquires tenured status on the first day of his or her sixth successive year in the same


Know Your Rights: AFT Missouri Member Series

AFT Missouri wants each member to be well informed about his or her rights on the job.  This is why the state federation is featuring a new series of articles available both online and in our regular newsletter, Quarterly.  Not every issue may be covered, but keep checking back as more information will be provided. 

The following articles are provided by Fred Wickham and Brian Wood, who serve as legal counsel for AFT Missouri.  Click here to learn more about an exclusive AFT Missouri member benefit provided by Wickham & Wood.

Know Your Rights Series:

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Important AFT Missouri Resources

The following resources are provided to assist all AFT Missouri members. Local leaders and affiliate activists may find more valuable resources in the Local Leadership section of this web site. For questions or comments, please contact the state federation.

Important Links

AFT Missouri Local Affiliate Links

Financial Services

  • AFT Missouri New Member Program AFT Per Capita Dues Payment Form
  • Electronic Dues Payment Form (Members at Large Only)

State Federation Policies and Documents

  • AFT Missouri Constitution & Bylaws click here