Career Services

Education Majors

Job search in education requires flexibility
Some school systems require a credential file submitted via the Career Services Office while others require transcripts and letters of recommendation uploaded with an on-line application. 

Early preparation is key
MSSU Career Services recommends that students create two credential files.  One personal that is self-manage and one managed by the Career Services Office with closed recommendations.  Schools requesting credential packets value closed recommendations.

When requesting a letter of recommendation, ask for a personal copy sent to a personal e-mail address and a closed copy sent to

This will allow students to prepare for all application scenarios.  If an employer requests a credential file or packet sent directly to them, fill out the request form below.

Credential File

How do I have my credential file sent to an employer?
Complete the form below, all credential files will be sent by e-mail to the school official listed in the form.  If you do not have contact information and a valid e-mail address, please contact the organization's human resource department before completing the form.

What can be included in my credential file?

Request official transcripts online at or to create an unofficial copy of your transcript, login to LioNet, view your transcript by choosing Student Menu> Student Records> Academic Transcript>  Submit, copy the data and then paste it into a MS Word document.

Bring in a copy to be scanned or e-mail

Letters of Recommendation
All letters submitted to Career Services are closed recommendations and will not be released to students.

How do I submit a recommendation?
Ask references to send letters of recommendations by e-mail, interoffice mail, postal mail, or fax. 

Send letter of recommendation to as a pdf attachment

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Credential File

Please use the following naming convention
studentname closed facultyname.pdf   or   studentname open facultyname.pdf
For example if Mr. Robertson is writing a closed reference for Jane Doe it should be named:  janedoe closed robertson.pdf (Choose save as, then pdf from drop down)

Interoffice Mail
Printed references can be sent
interoffice mail in a sealed envelope

Post Office
MSSU Career Services
Spiva Library, Suite 207
3950 E. Newman Road
Joplin, MO 64801


 Resume & Cover Letter

Resumes and cover letters will not be included in credential files.  Please submit your resume and cover letter directly to the employer.  Career Services recommends tailoring resumes and cover letters to individual positions.    

Optimal Resume
Use the sample education resume as a guide to create your own professional resume.  Optimal resume also has a cover letter and mock interview module!

Use this sample as a guide on how to write your educational resume.


Credentials are now processed digitally. If you graduated prior to December 2011, your credential file can be digitized for a one-time $20 fee. After your file is digitized, credential files can be sent to schools at no additional cost.

Please allow 5-7 business days to process all credential related requests or inquiries, e-mail or call 417-625-9343.