Missouri Baptist University 2020-2021 Graduate Bulletin 
    
    Sep 21, 2021  
Missouri Baptist University 2020-2021 Graduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

School of Education


 

Mission Statement: The School of Education at Missouri Baptist University seeks to develop reflective, problem-solving, professional educators of excellence from a Christian perspective; to enhance the lives of students in the classroom intellectually, spiritually, physically, and socially; and to significantly influence students through the demonstrated integration of Christian faith and learning in the classroom, so that they may become positive change agents in a globally and culturally diverse society.

This means more than simply valuing human diversity; it includes an imperative to promote equity and social justice and to intentionally prepare candidates to develop the knowledge bases, interpersonal skills, and dispositions for serving diverse populations. Preparing candidates to become agents of social change is consistent with the Christian perspective and is reflected not only in the classroom, but also in field experiences in diverse settings. Based on its mission, the unit has undertaken the task of ensuring each candidate has experiences in schools with students from varied socioeconomic backgrounds, varied racial and ethnic groups, English language learners, and exceptional learners.

The following nine standards serve as the guiding principles by which MBU’s educator preparation programs are measured:

Missouri Baptist University prepares licensure candidates who:

  1. Consistently demonstrate the content, pedagogical, and pedagogical content knowledge necessary to facilitate learning for all students, and to demonstrate the knowledge, skills, competencies, and dispositions defined as appropriate to their area of responsibility.
  2. Analyze and reflect on their practice using a variety of assessment strategies, including action research, and are committed to continued professional development.
  3. Observe and practice solutions to problems of practice in diverse clinical settings and with diverse PK-Grade 12 student populations.
  4. Use their self-awareness and knowledge of diversity to create learning environments that support their belief that through active hands-and-mind-on learning, all students can learn challenging curricula.
  5. Demonstrate and promote the strategic use of technology to enhance learning and professional practice.
  6. Support schools, students, and community through leadership, service, and personal involvement.
  7. Develop effective and supportive relationships that enhance communication among students, parents, and colleagues to facilitate learning.
  8. Exhibit empathy for and sensitivity to students and colleagues.
  9. Actively practice the profession’s ethical standards.

Drawing from a rich combination of broad-based experiences and academic preparation, the professional education faculty seeks to facilitate in each student:

  1. The development of an educational posture which is child-centered, experientially and authentically based, and consistent with a Christian perspective;
  2. The enhanced awareness of Christian moral and ethical responsibilities relative to education in a diverse and changing society;
  3. The development of critical thinking and effective problem-solving skills through a variety of traditional technologically-based experiences;
  4. The application of experiential and research-based theories into the pedagogical process.

This program fosters in students a reflective and problem-solving heuristic (model) so that Missouri Baptist University graduates are able to make informed decisions as professional educators. The program consists of a planned, integrated system (pattern) of coursework and authentic learning (field) experiences designed to enable the student to acquire a strong knowledge base and core of subject competencies, as well as to develop constructive social and personal attitudes to serve as a reflective professional in the education field. To that end, all students seeking state certification within the School of Education at Missouri Baptist University are expected to know and to be able to demonstrate their competency.

Conceptual Framework

 

 

Those seeking initial certification to teach must demonstrate their competency in nine (9) standards as adopted by the Missouri State Board of Education as a part of the Missouri Teacher Standards.

  1. Content Knowledge Aligned with Appropriate Instruction
  2. Student Learning, Growth, and Development
  3. Curriculum Implementation
  4. Critical Thinking
  5. Positive Classroom Environment
  6. Effective Communication
  7. Student Assessment and Data Analysis
  8. Professionalism
  9. Professional Collaboration

Those seeking initial certification as a Library Media Specialist must demonstrate their competency in the seven (7) Missouri Standards for School Librarians as adopted by the Missouri State Board of Education:

  1. Teaching for Learning
  2. Reading and Literacy
  3. Information and Knowledge
  4. Leadership and Advocacy
  5. Program Management and Administration
  6. Technology Integration
  7. Professional Development

Those seeking certification as a School Counselor must demonstrate their competency in the five (5) School Counselor Standards as adopted by the Missouri State Board of Education:

  1. Student Development
  2. Program Implementation
  3. Professional Relationships
  4. Leadership and Advocacy
  5. Ethical and Professional Conduct

More detailed information concerning the Professional Development Folio requirements may be found in the Professional Development Folio Guide for Teachers and Library Media Specialists, available online.

Those seeking certification as an Elementary or Secondary Principal or Special Education Director must demonstrate competency in the six (6) Missouri Leader Standards, based on the national Interstate Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards, as adopted by the Missouri State Board of Education:

  1. Vision, Mission, and Goals
  2. Teaching and Learning
  3. Management of Organizational Systems
  4. Collaboration with Families and Stakeholders
  5. Ethics and Integrity
  6. Professional Development

Those seeking certification as a Superintendent of Schools must demonstrate competency in the seven (7) Missouri Superintendent Standards, based on the national Interstate Leaders Licensure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards, as adopted by the Missouri State Board of Education:

  1. Vision, Mission, and Goals
  2. Teaching and Learning
  3. Management of Organizational Systems
  4. Collaboration with Families and Stakeholders
  5. Ethics and Integrity
  6. The Education System
  7. Professional Development

Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA)

The Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) are a part of the Missouri Standards for the Preparation of Educators (MoSPE) Standard 2 - Design and Assessment. MEGA has three objectives in identifying the right educators, evincing knowledge of content, and demonstrating a positive impact on student growth. Students will be required to complete any new assessments that are implemented during the course of their certification program as required by DESE.

The Missouri Content Assessments (MoCA) replaced the Praxis and School Leadership Series as the content area exit exams for certification in September 2014. Visit the MEGA website at http://www.mo.nesinc.com/ for more information or to register for the MoCA.

The required performance assessments have changed, effective 9/1/2018.  Candidates for certification as teachers, library media specialists, or school counselors will be required to achieve a passing composite score on their Missouri Educator Evaluation System (MEES) summative evaluation, completed during their student teaching or internship semester. School leader candidates (principals and special education directors) must pass the Missouri Professors of Education Administration (MPEA)​ School Leaders Performance Assessment. For more information visit https://dese.mo.gov/educator-quality/educator-preparation/mo-performance-assessments

Certification Options Available

Certification Subject Area Concentration/Endorsement Grade Level Undergraduate Graduate Stand Alone/Add-on
Early Childhood (PK-3)     Birth-Grade 3 X X SA/AO
Elementary (1-6)     1-6 X X SA/AO
Middle School (5-9) Business Education   5-9 X X SA/AO
  Language Arts   5-9 X X SA/AO
Social Studies   5-9 X X SA/AO
Mathematics   5-9 X X SA/AO
Science   5-9 X X SA
Speech/Theatre   5-9 X X SA/AO
Secondary Biology   9-12 X X SA
  Business Education   9-12 X X SA/AO
Chemistry   9-12 X X SA
Driver Education1   9-12 X X AO
English   9-12 X X SA/AO
Mathematics   9-12 X X SA/AO
Marketing Education   9-12 X X AO (with Business Education)
Social Sciences   9-12 X X SA/AO
Speech/Theatre   9-12 X X SA/AO
K-12 Health   K-12 X X SA/AO
  Music Vocal
Instrumental
K-12 X X SA
Physical Education   K-12 X X SA/AO
Library Media Specialist2   K-12   X SA
Special Reading3   K-12   X AO
Special Education Early Childhood   Birth-Grade 3 X X SA/AO
  Cross-Categorical Disabilities Mild/Moderate K-12 X X SA/AO
Student Services Counselor (non-certification)   K-8   X SA
  Counselor (non-certification)   7-12   X SA
Counselor   K-8   X SA
Counselor   7-12   X SA
Psychological Examiner4   K-12   X AO
Administration Principal K-125   K-12   X SA
  Special Education Director6   K-12   X SA
Superintendent7   K-12   X SA

1 Teacher must be certificated in another elementary, middle school, or secondary teaching field.
2 Library Media Specialist is available as a stand-alone certification at the graduate level; students may pursue this certification in conjunction with the Master of Arts in Teaching or for certification only. Students already certified in another area may add a Library Media Specialist endorsement.
3 A valid Missouri teacher’s certificate in another elementary, middle, or secondary teaching field and two (2) years of classroom teaching experience are required.
4 A valid Missouri teacher’s certificate or student services certificate is required.
5 A valid Missouri teacher’s certificate plus three (3) years of classroom teaching experience are required.
6 Certification in special education or student services, a Master of Educational Administration degree, and a minimum of two (2) years teaching experience in special education or student services are required.
7 A minimum of one (1) year of experience as a building- or district-level administrator at a public or accredited non-public school is required.

School of Education Master’s Degrees and Graduate Certificates

Missouri Baptist University’s School of Education offers five master’s degree programs. The Master of Arts degree offers three options. The School Counseling track prepares students for certification as public school counselors and the Clinical Mental Health Counseling track prepares students for counseling in an agency setting and meets the academic requirements for licensure as a Professional Counselor in the state of Missouri. The School Counseling with a Concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares candidates for both certification and licensure. The Master of Arts in Teaching degree is designed for those seeking either initial certification as a classroom teacher or an additional area of certification. The program offers a number of certification options, which students may complete while working on their master’s degree. The Master of Educational Administration program offers certification as either an Elementary (K-8) or Secondary (7-12) building level administrator or Special Education Director (K-12). Students may also add administrator certification as a Middle School Principal (5-9) . The Master of Educational Technology degree is designed for K-12 educators, technical and community college instructors, administrators, library media specialists, and technology leaders who wish to keep abreast of new innovations in educational technology. The Master of Science in Education: Curriculum and Instruction degree is designed for students who hold teacher certification and offers students the opportunity to enhance not only their comprehension and understanding of curriculum and instruction, but also, to develop the professional technological skills required for success in today’s educational environment. 

The School of Education also offers five Graduate Certificates.  The Graduate Certificate in School Psychological Examiner is designed as an academic credential for those who already hold a master’s degree and are pursuing state certification as a School Psychological Examiner.  Candidates interested in pursuing initial certification as a library media specialist may pursue the Graduate Certificate in Library Media Specialist in conjunction with the Master of Arts in Teaching. The Graduate Certificate in Teaching Online focuses on developing key skills and strategies for teaching in online environments across all educational levels and provides hands-on experience with the development of instructional content and learning activities within a learning management system (LMS). All courses in this program are aligned with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Educators. The Graduate Certificate in Educational Technology for K-12 Schools signifies that students have a strong foundation in theories and practices of technology integration in K-12 educational settings. All courses in this program are also aligned with the ISTE Standards for Educators. The Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy is designed to promote and advance the psychosocial development and mental health of all people through play and play therapy. Upon successful completion of this program, students can apply for national certification through the Association for Play Therapy.

 

M.A. Web Courses 

The Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors will not accept online courses as meeting the academic requirements for counselor licensure. Therefore, students in the Master of Arts degree program may not take any coursework leading to licensure online. The only courses that students in the MA in School Counseling with a Concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program for certification and licensure are permitted to take online are those required just for certification (EDPS 453/553 The Exceptional Child and GRED 500CE Countinuing Portfolio Development). Students pursuing the Master of Arts degree in School Counseling program may take courses online.

Transfer Students/Transfer Credit

Transfer credits must have been earned within the seven (7) years prior to entry into the Graduate Studies Program. Transfer credits must be approved by the Graduate Advisor and the Dean or Program Director and must have grades of A, B, S, CR, or P. Students may not take courses from other graduate programs while enrolled at Missouri Baptist without written approval from the Vice President for Graduate Studies.

Students entering the Master of Educational Administration (MEA) or Master of Science in Education (MSE) degree program may transfer up to six (6) graduate credits into the Missouri Baptist University Graduate Studies Program from another regionally accredited college or university. The total hours transferred to Missouri Baptist, including courses from other programs while enrolled, may not exceed six (6) hours.

Students entering the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program may transfer up to nine (9) graduate credits into the Missouri Baptist University Graduate Studies Program from another regionally accredited college or university. The total hours transferred to Missouri Baptist, including courses from other programs while enrolled, may not exceed nine (9) hours.

Students entering the Counselor Education Master of Arts degree programs may transfer up to nine (9) graduate credits into the Missouri Baptist University Graduate Studies Program from another regionally accredited college or university. The total hours transferred to Missouri Baptist, including courses from other programs while enrolled, may not exceed nine (9) hours. All transfer credits must be approved by the Core Counselor Education Faculty.

Directed Studies

Qualified students are permitted to engage in directed studies under graduate faculty supervision. Under this arrangement, students are enabled to explore subjects in depth, or examine new areas of study, beyond the opportunity afforded by the University’s curriculum. In some cases, catalog courses may be offered as directed studies. Graduate students may not earn more than six (6) credit hours of directed study in their master’s program unless special permission is received in writing from the Vice President for Graduate Studies. Certain courses may not be taken by directed study, as specified in the course description.

The Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors will not accept directed studies as meeting the academic requirements for counselor licensure.

Directed study forms are available in the Records Office and approval must be obtained from the student’s Graduate Advisor, the instructor of the course, Dean, and Vice President for Graduate Studies before the beginning of each term. The student and graduate faculty are expected to present the following items as part of the directed study: objectives, detailed description of the study, procedures for student-instructor interaction, method of evaluation, and anticipated resources needed for the study or a course syllabus may be attached to the directed study form.

Exit Examination

Select degree programs require degree-seeking students to complete an exit examination before finishing their graduate program. The exams are scheduled each academic year at a time designated by the faculty in the specific area of concentration. Students enrolled in the Counselor Education Master of Arts degree programs for licensure will be required to take the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) developed by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). This exam is not the same as the state licensure examination. Those students seeking state licensure will be responsible for making application to the Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors to take the state licensure examination after graduation. Students enrolled in School Counseling or School Counseling with a Concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling will also be required to take assessments approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The Missouri Content Assessments (MoCA) replaced Praxis as the content area exit exam in September 2014. Visit the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) website at http://www.mo.nesinc.com/ for more information or to register for the MoCA. Candidates must also achieve a passing composite score on the Missouri Educator Evaluation System (MEES) summative evaluation during their culminating internship in order to meet the performance assessment requirement for certification. 

Required exit examinations are given at the end of the student’s degree program usually within six to nine hours of completing all coursework in his/her major field of study. Students will be notified of the dates when specific exams are given. 

Research Requirements

  1. All students seeking the Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Educational Administration, Master of Educational Technology, or Master of Science in Education degree must take GRED 543 - Methods of Inquiry I in which they will be required to complete an action research project. 
  2. Required end-of-program assessment project:
    1. Portfolio
      1. Students pursuing initial certification as a School Counselor in conjunction with the Master of Arts degree in School Counseling or School Counseling with a Concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling must complete a professional portfolio which includes an action research component (see degree plan worksheet). The portfolio must be completed and scored before the degree is conferred.
      2. School Counseling initial certification candidates MUST take GRED 500CE Continuing Portfolio Development: MA - School Counseling/School Counseling with CMHC  as a co-requisite to COUN 5123 Foundations of School Counseling (School Counselors Only) GRED 500CE  is offered only online.

Undergraduate Certification Courses

Students enrolled in the combined Classroom Teaching/ Post-Baccalaureate Certification track may count prerequisite undergraduate courses as meeting certification requirements. However, students must still take the minimum number of graduate hours (36) to receive the MAT degree in Classroom Teaching. In most cases, unless they are transferring graduate courses into the program, students will need to complete more than 36 hours in order to meet both certification and degree requirements. Graduate students taking undergraduate courses for certification will pay undergraduate tuition and fees.

Summary of the Master of Arts in School Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, or School Counseling with a Concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Master of Arts in Teaching; Master of Educational Administration; Master of Educational Technology; and Master of Science in Education Degree Process:

To earn a Master of Arts in Counseling, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Educational Administration, Master of Educational Technology, or Master of Science in Education degree, a student must complete each of the following steps:

  1. The student must develop a comprehensive plan of study with the Graduate Advisor.
  2. The student must complete all coursework included in the plan of study including practicums and research classes.
  3. Students involved in counselor education degree/certification program must complete a professional portfolio. The portfolio must be completed and scored before the degree is conferred.
  4. Students must complete the exit examination required for the program they are pursuing.
  5. An Application for Graduation, signed by the student, Graduate Advisor, and Vice President for Graduate Studies, must be filed with the Graduate Office and the Records Office prior to the semester prior to the term in which the student intends to graduate.
  6. Students must pay the required graduation fee. All graduate candidates for graduation during an academic year – Summer (previous year) Fall/Winterim, and Spring – are encouraged to attend the commencement exercises which are held at the close of the Spring Semester. Graduate students must have all work completed and a degree conferred in order to participate in the ceremony. Students must notify the Vice President for Graduate Studies and the Director of Records if they choose not to participate. Students must pay the graduation fee whether they attend commencement or not.
  7.  All graduate students must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average in order to graduate from their program.

Portfolio Credit for Prior Learning

Students in the MEA and MSE degree programs may receive up to nine (9) hours of graduate credit through the portfolio credit for prior learning (CPL) process. Students in the MAT degree program may receive up to thirteen (13) hours of graduate credit through the portfolio credit for prior learning (CPL) process. In order to receive portfolio credits, students other than those seeking initial classroom certification must apply through the Dean of the School of Education for specific directions on the portfolio process.

Students seeking initial classroom certification may earn up to 30 credit hours through CPL. Only sixteen (16) credit hours (13 of which may be for graduate credit) from a list of approved professional education courses available in the Teacher Education Office may be earned within that total of 30 credit hours. Students may earn an additional fourteen (14) hours through CPL for general education or content area courses other than professional education. Initial certification students must apply for CPL through the Dean of the School of Education.

The maximum number of hours students may apply to their graduate program from transfer and portfolio credit combined is fifteen (15) hours for students in the MEA and MSE degree programs and eighteen (18) hours for students in the MAT degree program.

Students enrolled in the Master of Arts for Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, or School Counseling with a Concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling will not be able to count portfolio credit for prior learning toward the master’s degree.  In addition, students pursuing the Master of Arts for Clinical Mental Health Counseling or for School Counseling with a Concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling will not be able to count directed study, web courses, or ITV courses toward the master’s degree.  The Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors will not accept these formats as meeting counselor licensure requirements.

Professional Elective Program (PEP)

The Professional Elective Program (PEP) program seeks to establish a collaborative school/district culture where teamwork leads to increased student motivation and the improvement of student academic performance. Missouri Baptist University supports schools/districts undertaking PEP planning through the awarding of graduate credit for successful completion of PEP activities approved by the school/district. Courses are designed as a natural outgrowth of teacher collaboration in planning, developing, and implementing learning strategies, products, and assessments of student learning.

The outcome of PEP collaboration involves some type of school improvement project; copies of a PEP school improvement project, along with the log record showing time involved, will be evaluated by a university-approved instructor.

Workshop Graduate Credit

No more than six (6) credit hours of graduate coursework completed in workshops or professional development seminars may be applied to the hours required for a master’s degree. Most workshop graduate credit is granted under the “Specialized Topics in Professional Development for Educators” (ETOP 541/542/543 ) course title. Students must receive prior approval from their advisor as part of the Plan of Study in order for the workshops to be counted toward the degree.

Graduate Courses at Other Colleges and Universities

The Graduate Advisor and/or the Dean or Program Director must approve courses taken at other accredited colleges and universities to be considered for transfer credit within a graduate program of study. The total number of hours taken at another university may not exceed individual program transfer limits. The Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors will not accept online courses as meeting the academic requirements for counselor licensure.

Post-Baccalaureate Certification

The Missouri Baptist University Teacher Education Program prepares professional educators for certification in both public and private educational settings at the following levels:

Certification Area Grade Level
Driver Education Add-on* Grades 9-12
Early Childhood Stand-Alone Birth-Grade 3
Early Childhood/Special Education Combined Birth-Grade 3
Early Childhood/Elementary Combined Birth-Grade 6
Early Childhood/Special Education/Elementary Birth-Grade 6
Early Childhood Special Education Stand-Alone Birth-Grade 3
Early Childhood Special Education/Early Childhood Combined Birth-Grade 3
Elementary Stand-Alone Grades 1-6
Elementary/Special Education Combined Grades 1-6/Kindergarten-Grade 12
Elementary/Early Childhood Combined Birth-Grade 6
K-121 Kindergarten-Grade 12
Library Media Specialist Kindergarten-Grade 12
Middle School2 Grades 5-9
Secondary3​ Grades 9-12
Special Education: Cross-Categorical Disabilities Mild to Moderate Stand-Alone Kindergarten-Grade 12
Special Education: Cross-Categorical Disabilities Mild to Moderate/Elementary Kindergarten-Grade 12
Special Reading Add-on* Kindergarten-Grade 12

1At the K-12 level, certification is offered in the following areas of concentration: Health Education, Music (vocal/choral or instrumental), Physical Education, and Library Media Specialist (available at the graduate-level only).
2At the middle school level, certification is offered in the following areas of concentration: Business Education, Language Arts, Mathematics, General Science, Social Science, and Speech/Theatre.
3At the secondary level, certification is offered in Biology, Business Education, Chemistry, English, Marketing Education, Mathematics, Social Science, and Speech/Theatre.
*Add-on certifications are also offered for Driver Education and Special Reading, which require Missouri certification in another field. Special Reading also requires two years of teaching experience and recommendation from an educationor preparation program (EPP).

Watermark Via

The Missouri Baptist University School of Education (SOE) is implementing a new tool to help make the preparation experience even more effective for initial teacher certification candidates: Watermark Via, which will be used throughout coursework in the Teacher Education Program (TEP).  Watermark Via is an exciting learning and assessment software tool that will give the MBU SOE more efficient, integrated ways to support initial teacher candidates’ growth and success throughout their program.

Watermark Via is going to be the home for candidates to create their Professional Development Folios, but it will also be used in many additional ways, both while enrolled at MBU and after graduation. A one-time course registration for EDAS WM7 Watermark 7-Year License provides a 7-year license to Via as well as online access to the Professional Development Folio Guide for Teachers and Library Media Specialists, and allows for a centralized system for the following:.

  • Managing and organizing coursework and key assignments across multiple courses (partnering with Canvas)
  • Storing academic files and work samples
  • Collaborating with peers and receiving timely feedback from instructors, particularly related to observations in field experiences and student teaching
  • Learning about and getting feedback on the professional dispositions candidates need to develop, refine, and master in order to become effective PK-12 teachers
  • Developing multiple, personalized ePortfolios that can be shared with anyone, including potential employers, and which can be integrated with social media accounts. Candidates will also be able to access all of these materials even after a class has been completed, making it easy to collect and showcase work for multiple audiences, both within and outside MBU, while enrolled in the TEP and after graduation.

Because Watermark Via is going to be used in multiple ways across all SOE coursework, beginning in the Fall 2019 semester candidates will purchase the 7-year license early in the program by signing up for EDAS WM7 in the same semester as EDCL 211 Teaching Field Experience I,  EDUC 201 Professional Growth and Folio Development I, EDUC 303 Methods of Teaching and Differentiated Instruction, EDUC 573 Applications of Technology , EDPS 383 Psychology of Teaching and Learning, and/or MUED 313 Early Childhood/Elementary School Music Methods (or if one or more of these courses has already been completed).

Teacher Education Admission Procedures:

All candidates for Missouri State Teacher Certification must be formally admitted into the Teacher Education program at Missouri Baptist University. This process begins with the Teacher Education Admission Packet (TEAP) completed in conjunction with EDUC 201 - Professional Growth and Folio Development I. No student will be allowed to student teach unless he or she has been formally admitted into the Teacher Education program.  Candidates must be formally admitted in order to enroll in EDUC 401 Professional Growth and Folio Development II and EDCL 411/511 Teaching Field Experience II or to schedule their student teaching (second) interview.

The Teacher Education Admission Packet includes the Teacher Education Program Release/Waiver Form, Application for Admission to the Teacher Education Program, Initial Certification Dispositions Usage and Purpose Agreement, Teacher Education Timeline Acknowledgment Form, and Self-Assessment of Diversity Proficiencies (Admission), along with submission of a current resume,* philosophy of education,* autobiographical sketch,* and three letters of recommendation (one of which must be from a Missouri Baptist University faculty member). ACT or SAT scores and Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) scores are also required only for undergraduate degree-seeking candidates.  Those who have not passed all sections of MoGEA on the first attempt may appeal to be admitted based on an ACT composite score of 20 or higher (or comparable SAT score) taken within the last five years.  It must be noted that no undergraduate degree-seeking candidate will be admitted into the Teacher Education program and/or be allowed to student teach without satisfying the required general education assessment measure. ** Post-baccalaureate students seeking initial certification, whether at the graduate- or undergraduate level, are exempt from the general education assessment requirement, per DESE rules (5 CSR  20-400.310, Appendix A 11).

GPA Requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program, approval to student teach, and recommendation for certification:

  • 2.750 overall GPA (including all coursework from all colleges and universities attended) **
  • 3.000 content area GPA with no grade lower than C for those pursuing middle, secondary, or K-12 content area certification **
  • 3.000 professional education GPA with no grade lower than C for those pursuing middle, secondary, or K-12 content area certification **
  • 3.000 program GPA with no grade lower than C for those pursuing certification in early childhood, elementary, or special education **

Graduate students may take the following 20 credit hours prior to completing the process for admission to the Teacher Education Program:
EDUC 201 Professional Growth and Folio Development I
EDUC 203 Teaching in a Diverse Society† (Must be taken with EDUC 201)

EDCL 211 Teaching Field Experience I
EDUC 210 Field Experience I Seminar (must be taken concurrently with EDCL 211)
EDUC 303 Methods of Teaching and Differentiated Instruction
ECTA 323 Curriculum, Assessment, and Data-based Decision Making
EDPS 383 Psychology of Teaching and Learning
EDUC 573 Applications of Technology  
PSYC 553 Advanced Human Development  

Note


In accordance with School of Education policies, students who are not admitted to the Teacher Education Program are not permitted to register for 400/500-level education classes without written approval from the Associate Dean of Education for Teacher Education and Student Affairs as noted on the Teacher Education Program Admission Probation Form.**

Students who transfer in a course that does not include an equivalent field experience must take EDCL 200 Teaching in a Diverse Society Field Experience.
*These documents will be reviewed for mechanical errors (grammar, punctuation, spelling, formatting, etc.) as well as content. The TEAP will not be considered complete until final recommended revisions have been made and accepted following the admission interview.
**Undergraduate degree-seeking students who have not passed all sections of MoGEA and do not have an ACT composite score of 20 or higher (or comparable SAT score) within the last five years, but who have submitted all materials required for admission listed above and have successfully passed their admission interview, may be permitted to take education courses at the 400-level provided they have completed a Teacher Education Program Admission Probation Form and have been approved to continue by the Associate Dean of Education for Teacher Education and Student Affairs. Likewise, students who have not met the GPA requirements for admission, may also be permitted to take education courses at the 400-level provided they have completed a Teacher Education Program Admission Probation Form and have been approved to continue by the Associate Dean of Education for Teacher Education and Student Affairs. Approval to continue on probation for either MoGEA or GPA issues must be approved on a semester by semester basis.

All candidates must be fully admitted before they will be allowed to register for EDCL 411/511 Teaching Field Experience II and EDUC 401 Professional Development Folio II or to schedule their student teaching (second) interview.

Background Checks for Field Experience and Student Teaching Placement

A completed background check is required by most school districts prior to beginning observations in all field experiences* and for student teaching. A new background check is required each semester. All students participating in a field experience or student teaching are required to request a background check through the Family Care Safety Registry of the Department of Health and Senior Services.

Family Care Safety Registry

Missouri’s Family Care Safety Registry (FCSR) was established by law to promote family and community safety. The registry helps to protect children, seniors, and the disabled by providing access to background information. Background information consists of Missouri data only and is accessed through the following state agencies:

  • State criminal background records maintained by the Missouri State Highway Patrol
  • Sex Offender Registry information maintained by the Missouri State Highway Patrol
  • Child abuse/neglect records maintained by the Missouri Department of Social Services
  • The Employee Disqualification List maintained by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
  • The Employee Disqualification Registry maintained by the Missouri Department of Mental Health
  • Child-care facility licensing records maintained by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services
  • Foster parent licensing records maintained by the Missouri Department of Social Services

The DHSS provides convenient registration via the internet at http://health.mo.gov/safety/fcsr/.

First-time registrants:

  1. Upon entering the DHSS website, click the “Register Online” link and follow all instructions. A social security number and valid credit or debit card are required. “Under Type of Worker,” click on “Voluntary.”
  2. The registration cost of $14.00 is the responsibility of the student requesting the background check. Debit and credit cards are the forms of payment accepted. There is a $1.25 processing fee.
  3. If an emailed copy is requested it will usually be sent within 15 minutes.
  4. It is the student’s responsibility to submit a copy to the Teacher Education Office.
  5. This emailed notification should also be taken to the school where the student is observing.

If you are already registered:

  1. A person needs to register only one time. Click on the link, “Is A Person Already Registered?” and type in the Social Security number to verify that a person is registered with the Family Care Safety Registry.
  2. Requests for updated background screenings may be made by phone using the toll-free access line, 1-866-422-6872, between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

*To expedite placement, all students should complete the background check process before the start of the semester in which they will be participating in a field experience or at the time of the student teaching interview. Questions related to background checks for student teaching should be directed to the Teacher Certification Coordinator. If the background check is required for Field Experience I or II, please contact the Administrative Coordinator for Teacher Education and Field Experience. If the background check is required for a course other than field experience or student teaching, please contact the instructor for that course.

Background Checks for Certification

An FBI background check must be completed before the state of Missouri will issue a professional teaching certificate.

To complete a criminal history check and clearance, candidates must first register with the Missouri Automated Criminal History Site (MACHS). MACHS is located at: www.machs.mo.gov. Those without access to the Internet may contact IDEMIA directly at 1-844-543-9712 to have a Fingerprint Services Representative conduct this registration on their behalf. The four-digit registration number to use for DESE, by those are not currently employed by a Missouri school district, is 2300. (Those who are employed, or are in the process of being hired, should contact the school district for the appropriate registration code.) An expanded number of fingerprint services sites and expanded hours of operation to include evening and weekend hours are available online at https://www.identogo.com/.

Fingerprints captured electronically are more accurate and the results can be expected within three weeks. The cost of electronic fingerprinting with IDEMIA is currently $41.75. The results of the criminal history check and clearance are valid for one year after the clearance date posted on the DESE website. You can find more information on the fingerprint process at the following website: http://www.dese.mo.gov/eq/cert/eq-cert-fingerprint-background.htm.

Questions may also be addressed to DESE Conduct and Investigations at 573-522-8315 or 573-522-8761.

Candidates will be responsible for the background check; DESE will not process the request for certification until the results of the Background Check are received. DESE anticipates the turn-around time will be three weeks from the time the fingerprints are captured. It is recommended that candidates wait to complete their background check until they have passed all exit assessments, since the background clearance is only effective for one calendar year.

Field Experience and Student Teacher Placement Practices

Missouri Baptist University is proud to be accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). In order to maintain these accreditations, which are beneficial to our students, MBU must maintain consistent practices with regard to placement of student teachers. Students requesting field experience and student teacher placements through Missouri Baptist University are hereby advised of the following field experience and student teacher placement practices. Your understanding of and adherence to these practices will enhance the placement process for the student, the school districts, and the School of Education staff responsible for securing the placements.

  1. Preparation for Student Teaching begins long before students ever reach the “student teaching” semester. Students should be aware that school district administrators carefully review students’ transcripts and philosophies of education as part of the placement process. A few school districts now have a minimum GPA requirement of 3.0-3.5 for student teaching candidates. Students’ requests for student teacher placement have been denied as a result of even just a few D’s and F’s on their transcripts, even when those courses were repeated and/or if they did not apply to the students’ education major. Students are highly encouraged to be responsible for maintaining academic excellence in all coursework. Students who think that they may be struggling in a class to the point of making a D or an F are encouraged to consult with their advisor and financial aid counselor about withdrawing from the class rather than to suffer the consequences of a poor grade on their transcripts, and to take the course at another time when more effort can be devoted to the class. This is especially important for professional education, field experience, and major content area requirements (for middle/secondary majors), as a cumulative 3.000 GPA in professional education courses and in content area courses is required for certification.
  2. Missouri Baptist University strongly believes that the student teaching experience is vital to the student’s authentic preparation for professional practice; therefore, students must be able to commit to student teaching for an entire school day, Monday-Friday, for a full semester. Effective with the 2014-2105 academic year, students seeking certification in a single content area will complete one full semester teaching experience. Students seeking certification at more than one level (K-12) or in more than one content area must student teach twelve weeks at one level or content area and four weeks at the other level or content area as approved by the Director of Field Experiences. In addition, students are expected to attend Student Teaching Seminar concurrently in the semester in which they will be student teaching. Students are NOT excused from Student Teaching Seminar due to contractual obligations with a school district or due to work schedules. Student Teaching Seminar is also NOT offered via “directed study.” Therefore, students should not request permission to meet with the instructor individually at an alternate time. Students with contractual obligations in a school district will need to either make arrangements with the school district to leave early, if necessary, on class dates, or may need to consider taking the class at a location that offers the class at a later time during the day.
  3. Students must be fully admitted to the Teacher Education Program [including submitting and having approval for all required documents for the Teacher Education Admission Packet, passing scores on all sections of the required general education assessment (undergraduate degree-seeking students only), minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA (or higher for those districts which require a higher cumulative GPA for student teacher placement), both interviews completed, and all probationary statuses from interviews cleared by April 1 for Fall placements and by November 1 for Spring placements. Failure to be fully approved for student teaching by these dates will result in the student’s application for student teaching being moved to the following semester, which may delay the student’s graduation date, and/or eligibility for teacher certification. These deadlines are crucial to give the Education Office staff appropriate time to request and confirm student teacher placements for students. For optimal placements, students are encouraged to complete all requirements to be approved for student teaching as early as possible in the semester prior to student teaching, as many districts reach their capacity for student teacher requests by mid-semester. [Certain districts and/or schools (including Festus R-VI and Hillsboro Primary) have established specific deadline dates for applications. Students should consult the School Districts That Require Additional Information for Student Teaching Placement for more information.] Please be aware that GPA requirements have changed. Students must have an overall cumulative GPA of 2.75 as well as a content area GPA of 3.00 and a professional education GPA of 3.00  for middle, secondary, or K-12 content areas or a 3.00 program GPA for early childhood, elementary, or special education (with no grades below a “C”) in order to be fully admitted and placed for student teaching. Students admitted under the previous 2.5 GPA requirement who did not complete certification requirements prior to 8/1/2017 will be held to the new, higher GPA standard.​
  4. Students must complete Teaching Field Experience I and Teaching Field Experience II in two different districts. Early Childhood Stand-Alone candidates must complete one Field Experience in grades Pre-K/K and one Field Experience in grades 1-3. Elementary Education candidates must complete one Field Experience in grades 1-3 and one Field Experience in grades 4-6. Students seeking certification in both Early Childhood and Elementary Education should complete one Field Experience in Pre-K/K OR Grades 1-3 and one Field Experience in grades 4-6. Those seeking K-12 or dual certification should complete Field Experiences in Elem and MS/Sec. for K-12 certification and in appropriate grade levels/ subjects for each area of dual certification. Students enrolled in EDCL 211 Teaching Field Experience I must be concurrently enrolled in EDUC 210 Field Experience I Seminar. Students enrolled in EDCL 411/511 Teaching Field Experience II must be concurrently enrolled in EDUC 410/510 Teaching Field Experience II Seminar. Successful completion of both seminar courses with a final grade of CR is required for degree completion and/or satisfaction of certification requirements.
  5. Students who will complete the traditional Field Experience II and student teaching must complete their student teaching in a district different from their Field Experience I and II placements. Students will be placed in the most highly diverse settings possible within MBU’s geographic service area, and should carefully plan Field Experience and Student Teaching assignments accordingly. Students will not be permitted to complete all of their Field Experience/ Student Teaching in the same district due to their children’s enrollment in that district or non-academic contractual employment in that district (such as coaching, before or afterschool employment, bus driving duties, etc.). Students should consider these obligations and make preparations as needed well in advance of applying for student teaching, so that they are prepared for the various “life” adjustments that may be required during their student teaching experience. Students may ONLY complete all of their student teaching in the same district if they are employed by the district as a paraprofessional or on a Temporary Authorization or Provisional Certificate. In these cases, the student will be responsible for demonstrating sufficient experiences working with diverse populations. In rare cases, the Education Office may approve a student to complete his/her student teaching in the same district and/or same classroom ONLY if all other attempts to place the student elsewhere have failed. In such cases, the Education Office will first examine the diverse experiences the student has already accumulated to determine if the student has had sufficient opportunities to work with diverse populations. Therefore, it is vital that students carefully plan all field experiences prior to student teaching, both formal (Teaching Field Experience I and II) and informal (those field experiences embedded in another course), to include diverse populations so that alternative accommodations can be considered, if necessary, during student teaching.
  6. Students who apply and are accepted to complete the Yearlong Experience for Spartan Students (YESS) will complete Field Experience II and student teaching in the same district in consecutive semesters. YESS students will follow the calendar of the district rather than the Missouri Baptist University calendar and will commit to two full days per week for the field experience and the traditional five days per week during student teaching. Students will select from the approved partner schools as outlined in the YESS application.
  7. Placement requests will be submitted to only ONE district at a time. Students should be aware that a verbal “approval” from a potential cooperating teacher for placement does not guarantee official approval of the placement from the principal or district central office. The Education Office is responsible for contacting the appropriate district personnel in writing to officially request student teacher placements. Due to the busy schedules of school administrators who partner with Missouri Baptist University in student teacher placements, it can take a MINIMUM of three to four weeks to confirm a single placement. If a district is not able to place a student teacher, the process begins all over again with a new district, thereby once again, extending the time it may take to confirm a placement. Students will be notified via email and/or regular mail when a placement has been confirmed. Once students have been informed of their confirmed placement(s), they are expected to contact the cooperating teacher and building principal as soon as possible, well in advance of the start date, to get acquainted and to begin making any preparations (at the cooperating teacher’s discretion) for the student teaching experience.
  8. Once the Education Office has submitted a student teaching request to a district, requests from students to make a change to their placement may not be considered until/unless the original district indicates that they are not able to accommodate the request. After a placement is confirmed, requests from students to make a change to their placement will not be considered, except in very rare circumstances, which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If students encounter unforeseen circumstances which they believe will prevent them from fulfilling their student teaching in the district assigned, they have the option to choose to withdraw from student teaching. However, that does not constitute a necessity for the School of Education to reassign the student to another district in that same semester. Voluntary, self-imposed withdrawal or dismissal by the school district from a student teaching placement may result in the student’s forfeiture of eligibility to complete student teaching in that semester, and may require that the student reapply for student teaching in a subsequent semester, if more adequate time is needed to devote to securing a new placement for the student. All requests for reassignment must be discussed in person with the Director of Field Experiences before any further action regarding reassignment will be taken. Please note that proximity of the placement to the student’s home/daycare provider is NOT considered a valid reason for withdrawal from a confirmed placement. While the School of Education staff will make every effort to place students as close to their residences/daycare facilities/children’s schools as possible, due to shortages in districts with available openings for student teachers, it is not always possible to place students in neighboring school districts. Students should be prepared to travel up to 30-45 minutes to and from student teaching.
  9. All students are REQUIRED to attend Student Teaching Orientation held on the Main Campus (usually the end of July/beginnning of August for Fall semester student teachers and the week after Fall semester final exams in December for Spring semester student teachers) prior to beginning their student teaching. Letters are mailed to students approximately one month prior to the Student Teaching Orientation date informing students of the date, time, and location of the meeting. Students who cannot attend the established orientation, should notify the Director of Field Experiences as soon as possible and will be required to attend a make-up orientation, scheduled by the Director of Field Experiences, before they may begin student teaching. Failure to attend the initial orientation meeting may result in the student having to delay the start date of his/her student teaching; therefore, extending the ending date (which may occur after the semester officially concludes and/ or graduation). Student Teacher Orientation (one day seminar) should NOT be confused with EDUC 471 Student Teaching Seminar (full-semester class). Attendance at both is required.

Missouri Baptist University is committed to providing pre-service students with a quality student teaching experience and desires to make the placement process as smooth as possible for all parties involved. Please understand that we strive to maintain positive relationships with the partnering school districts and value their time, effort, and hospitality involved in this process as well. It is only through their cooperation that field experience and student teaching placements are possible. These practices are as much to respect the school districts’ needs for timely requests and quality candidates as they are to accommodate the needs of our students. If you should have any questions regarding field experiences, student teaching, and/or the placement process, please feel free to contact the Director of Field Experiences. We desire for all of our student teachers to be successful, and that begins with mutual collaboration in the placement process to ensure quality placements for all of our students.

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Portfolio Credit for Student Teaching: Students desiring to petition for credit for a portion of their student teaching experience must have a minimum of two years of classroom instructional experience in the grade level and/ or subject area for which they are seeking certification in order to apply. The experience must be in a public or accredited private school and must be concurrent with enrollment in the Teacher Education Program. To determine eligibility, the student must first complete a CPL conference with the Dean of the School of Education or his/her designee at least one semester prior to the anticipated student teaching semester. Students must be fully admitted to the Teacher Education Program and have passed the student teaching interview before CPL credit may be awarded. Students pursuing credit for the full 16 weeks of student teaching through CPL will be observed teaching a minimum of four lessons by an MBU supervisor during their final semester.  Candidates will actively participate in the classroom and complete required assignments, with the guidance of the classroom mentor teacher and university supervisor. All students, including those receiving credit for prior learning, will be concurrently enrolled in EDUC 471 Student Teaching Seminar, which provides an opportunity for students to share and reflect on their classroom experiences.

Year-long Experience for Spartan Students (YESS)

Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, K-12, and Secondary teacher certification candidates may apply to complete Field Experience II and Student Teaching in a Missouri Baptist University partner school. Students who are accepted for the YESS program will agree to the following:

  • Forego the traditional Missouri Baptist University academic calendar and follow the district school calendar for both semesters.
  • Attend the regular school day for the two required days during the Field II experience, spending time in various classrooms at the site.
  • Attend the co-requisite seminar course for Field Experience II at the school site.
  • Attend the regular school day five days a week during the student teaching semester.
  • Will have opportunities to participate in school and district-based professional learning, participate in grade level and data team meetings, attend parent teacher conferences and Individual Education Plan meetings, and substitute for the school/district (if eligible for a substitute certificate), among others.

YESS gives students the opportunity to experience a complete school year from beginning to end. Students will work with and support teachers who have a variety of teaching styles and methods that will enhance the student’s development as a teacher, while supporting student learning and achievement.

Information and application materials can be obtained from your advisor, the Director of Field Experiences, or online at https://www.mobap.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/YESS-Packet100694.pdf. An online application is available at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf12KcRaNTYmpzxH1JZ75gGvjRhIhf9lfc7usJ9dQ6HAvi1SQ/viewform.

Student Teaching Load Limit Policy

Students may not be enrolled in more than 16 credit hours during the semester in which they are enrolled in EDUC 471 Student Teaching Seminar, whether they are student teaching or petitioning for credit for prior learning.  Music Education candidates may not be enrolled in any ensemble during their student teaching semester.

Recency Rule for Student Teaching 

Candidates returning to complete their teacher certification program more than five years after completing the student teaching requirement may be required to complete an additional internship.  This will be determined on a case-by-case basis, taking into consideration whether candidates have been working in a classroom in any capacity during the five years since they student taught (or petitioned for CPL credit for student teaching) and whether it is necessary to collect Missouri Educator Evaluation System (MEES) summative evaluation data.  Those that do need to complete an internship must have passed all Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) examinations required for the content area(s) for which recommendation for certification is being sought prior to being placed for the internship.

General Certification Requirements:

  1. A baccalaureate degree from a college or university having a teacher education program approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) or from a regionally accredited college or university in states other than Missouri1;
  2. Must have recommendation of designated official for teacher education in the college or university;
  3. Must have an overall cumulative GPA of 2.75 as well as content area and professional education GPA’s of 3.00 (with no grades below a “C” in professional education or content area requirements);
  4. Must complete the content area test(s) and performance assessment designated by the State Board of Education with a score equal to or greater than the Missouri qualifying score*;
  5. Completion of professional requirements, as determined by the recommending college or university, which may exceed the minimum requirements established by DESE; and
  6. Individuals who are not U.S. citizens must complete coursework in the following:
    1. English Composition, two (2) courses, each a minimum of two (2) semester hours;
    2. U.S. History, three (3) semester hours; and
    3. U.S. Government, three (3) semester hours.

*DESE has changed the assessment requirements for certification.The Missouri Content Assessments (MoCA) have replaced the Praxis and School Leader Series as the content area exams. Visit the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) website at http://www.mo.nesinc.com/ for more information or to register for the MoCA. For information on the Missouri Performance Assessments go to https://dese.mo.gov/educator-quality/educator-preparation/mo-performance-assessments.

1If a baccalaureate degree from a foreign country has been officially documented as equivalent to a U.S. baccalaureate degree, then it can be accepted to fulfill the minimum degree requirement for certification. An official credentialing agency report that verifies the equivalence of the coursework to U.S. credits is required. Missouri Baptist University requires that students have this evaluation done through the following agencies, which are approved by DESE:

World Education Services, Inc. (preferred)
Bowling Green Station
Post Office Box 5087
New York, New York 10274-5087
Phone: 212-966-6311
Fax: 212-739-6100
Fee: $160.00 (course-by-course evaluation and grade point average)
Contact the agency for instructions before sending documents.
www.wes.org

Foreign Consultants, Inc.
Credential Evaluation, Immigration and Translation Services
11206 A Osage Circle
Westminster, CO 80234
Phone: 303-585-0978
Email: info@foreignconsultants.com
Fee: $180.00 (course-by-course evaluation and grade point average)
Web site: www.foreignconsultants.com
Contact the agency for instructions before sending documents.

The results from the evaluation must be mailed to Missouri Baptist University. This process will take 30 to 60 days.

There is a fee for this evaluation. Students may obtain an application for evaluation of transcripts either by contacting one of the services listed above or through the Missouri Baptist University International Student Services Office by calling (314) 744-5301. Official transcripts, the application, and the fee must be submitted to the above address. If required, this request must be made immediately after application for admission to Missouri Baptist University so that results will be received in time for registration. Once the baccalaureate degree is verified, then a student is able to pursue certification as a graduate student.

Program Completion Requirements for Initial Teacher Certification:

(required for both degree-seeking and certification-only students)

  1. Successful completion of the Professional Development Folio the semester prior to student teaching.
  2. Successful completion of certification program required coursework.
  3. An overall cumulative grade point average of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, including a minimum 3.0 GPA within the content area with no grade lower than a C and a minimum 3.0 GPA in professional education courses with no grade lower than a C (for middle, secondary, and K-12 content programs), or a program GPA of 3.00 with no grade lower than a C for early childhood, elementary, and special special education certifications. DESE requires that all coursework from all institutions attended be included in the cumulative grade point average.
  4. Successful completion of Student Teaching which includes the following:
    1. A passing score on the Missouri Content Assessments (MoCA) which replaced the Praxis Series as the content area exit exams for certification beginning in September 2014.
    2. Satisfactory Formative Evaluations; and
    3. A passing composite score on the Missouri Educator Evaluation System (MEES) summative evaluation.

Teacher Education Timeline

Task Required Completion Timeline
Enroll in EDUC 201 Professional Growth and Folio Development I and EDAS WM7 Watermark 7-year license Must be enrolled in these classes in the second semester of the sophomore year or first semester of enrollment for students transferring with junior standing or better. EDUC 201 must be in progress or completed prior to first interview.
Complete first draft of reflection for 1 of the 9 Missouri Teacher Standards (or 1 of the 7 Missouri Standards for School Librarians). Complete all 5 foundational education documents. EDUC 201 Professional Growth and Folio Development I 
Complete introduction to School of Education (SOE) Professional Dispositions assessment instrument and review process, including signing Initial Certification Dispositions Usage and Purpose Agreement* EDUC 201 Professional Growth and Folio Development I 
Complete EDUC 203 Teaching in a Diverse Society Must be enrolled in this class concurrently with EDUC 201. Courses must be completed prior to first interview. 
Complete EDUC 303 Methods of Teaching and Differentiated Instruction, including instructor and self SOE Professional Dispositions assessment* All candidates except for Music Education majors should be enrolled in this class prior to first interview, completion preferred. As part of this course, candidates will complete their first dispositions self-assessment, have their instructor complete a dispositions assessment, and will have a meeting to review and compare those two results. (Music Education candidates will complete self-assessment in conjunction with MUED 313 Early Childhood/Elementary School Music Methods.)
Enroll in and complete EDCL 211 Teaching Field Experience I, including Cooperating Teacher SOE Professional Dispositions assessment* Complete at least two semesters prior to student teaching.  (Music Education candidates enroll in EDCL 211  in conjunction with MUED 313 .) As part of this course, the candidate’s Cooperating Teacher will complete a dispositions assessment on the candidate, submitting it to the University Supervisor as a course assignment. 
Submit Teacher Education Admission Packet* Complete prior to first interview in conjunction with EDUC 201, EDUC 203, and EDUC 303 (or MUED 313).
Official copy of ACT or SAT on file in Education Office (or exemption request if eligible) (undergraduate degree-seeking students only) Undergraduate Degree-Seeking Students Only)
Complete prior to first interview
Official MoGEA score report on file (undergraduate degree-seeking student only) Candidates who have not passed MoGEA on the first attempt may appeal to be admitted based on an ACT composite score of 20 or higher (or comparable SAT score) taken within the last five years.  Undergraduate Degree-Seeking Students Only
Complete prior to first interview during same semester as EDUC 201.
FIRST INTERVIEW: Approval for admission
  • All items listed above must be completed before interview is scheduled.
  • In addition, a 2.75 overall cumulative GPA as well as a content area GPA of 3.00 and professional education GPA of 3.00 (with no grades below a “C” in professional education or content area requirements) are required for admission.
In conjunction with enrollment in EDUC 201, EDUC 203, and EDUC 303  for all students:
  • Candidates with less than a 2.75 overall cumulative GPA or less than a 3.00 in the content area or professional education must have a plan to raise GPA.
  • Undergraduate degree-seeking students, who are have not passed MoGEA and are ineligible to appeal based on ACT composite score of 20 or higher (or comparable SAT score) within the last five years, may be accepted for probationary admission only. MoGEA must be passed to be fully admitted.
Faculty Vote and Formal Approval for Admission Letter will be sent to student with notice of formal faculty approval for admission
Graduation/Certification Check When enrolled in EDUC 201 or first semester of junior year
Completed SOE Professional Dispositions assessments to date are reviewed, with follow up as needed with the candidate for any identified areas of question or concern* Upon completion of EDCL 211 Teaching Field Experience I, EDUC 201 Professional Growth and Folio Development I,and EDUC 303 Methods of Teaching and Differentiated Instruction.  Completed review required before candidate begins EDCL 411/511 Teaching Field Experience II. (Music Education candidates enroll in EDCL 411/511 the semester prior to student teaching.) Candidate must be fully admitted to the Teacher Education Program to enroll in EDCL 411/511 .
Complete final draft of reflections for all 9 Missouri Teacher Standards (or all 7 Missouri Standards for School Librarians)

Complete in conjunction with EDUC 401 Professional Growth and Folio Development II. Candidate must be fully admitted to the Teacher Education Program to enroll in EDUC 401.

See Professional Development Folio Guide for Teachers and Library Media Specialist for courses in which first drafts are to be submitted.

Complete EDCL 411/511 Teaching Field Experience II , including Cooperating Teacher and University Supervisor SOE Professional Dispositions assessments.* Complete prior to student teaching, generally the semester before. (Music Education majors enroll in EDCL 411/511 the semester prior to student teaching.) As part of this course, the candidate’s Cooperating Teacher and University Supervisor will each complete a dispositions assessment on the candidate as course assignments. Candidate must be fully admitted to the Teacher Education Program to enroll in EDCL 411/511.
Complete EDUC 401 Professional Growth and Folio Development II, including instructor and self SOE Professional Dispositions assessments.* Complete the semester prior to student teaching in preparation for student teaching interview. As part of this course, the candidate will complete a dispositions self-assessment and the instructor will complete a dispositions assessment, to be used as part of the final Folio Evaluation. Candidate must be fully admitted to the Teacher Education Program to enroll in this course.
Final Professional Development Folio Evaluation * The Folio evaluation must be “passing.” If it is not “passing,” the Folio must be revised during the student teaching semester and resubmitted to achieve a “passing” evaluation prior to conferral of professional education degrees and completion of certification program requirements. Students will receive an Incomplete (IN) grade for EDUC 401 until the Folio has been passed.
SECOND INTERVIEW: Approval for student teaching At least one semester before student teaching:
  • For August (fall semester) student teaching, interview must be completed by April 1st.
  • For January (spring semester) student teaching, interview must be completed by November 1st.
Candidates must be fully admitted before second (student teaching) interview is scheduled. 
Complete background check(s) and any additional district-specific requirement for student teaching placement
  • Family Care Safety Registry (FSCR) background check is a co-requisite for student teaching and is required for all candidates
  • See the handout School Districts That Require Additional Information for Student Teaching Placement for district-specific
  • Complete FBI Fingerprint Background Check before the end of student teaching semester (required by DESE for certification; see handout Help Guide for DESE’s Online Certification System)

Placement Deadlines for Student Teaching

Placement requests will NOT be sent out until second interview has been passed.

Any request for Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) must be submitted at the same time candidates apply for student teaching placement.

Take Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) for each area in which certification is being sought. Complete prior to student teaching (Passing score required for conferral of professional education degrees and completion of certification program requirements.)
Complete all coursework Prior to student teaching (Students will not be allowed to student teach if all education courses have not been satisfactorily completed with a final grade of C or CR or better. Music Education majors must successfully pass the hearing for their Senior Recital before they can be approved for their Student Teaching semester and must complete the Senior Recital before beginning the Student Teaching semester.)
Enroll in EDUC 471 Student Teaching Seminar with either Student Teaching or EDCL 4700 CPL Student Teaching Evaluation, including University Supervisor and self SOE Professional Dispositions assessments* Final Semester

Action Research Inquiry-Based Project

Students will engage in an action research project to demonstrate instructional impact.  Students will select a focus, identify research questions, collect and analyze date, and report results with informed actions.
During EDUC 471 Student Teaching Seminar 
Achieve passing composite score on Missouri Educator Evaluation System (MEES) summative evaluation Student Teaching or EDCL 4700 CPL Student Teaching Evaluation (required for conferral of professional education degrees and completion of certification program requirements)
Complete Professional Development Plan (PDP) During EDUC 471 Student Teaching Seminar 
  • Create job profile using AppliTrack (district specific websites)
  • Create job profile on Missouri REAP http://www.moreap.net/
During EDUC 471 Student Teaching Seminar 
Application for Certification
https://k12apps.dese.mo.gov/webLogin/login.aspx
After successful completion of all coursework, including student teaching, and passing all required exit assessments
Commissioning Service Held at the end of the Spring semester prior to Commencement.

 

*Related to School of Education Professional Dispositions Assessment

The Missouri Baptist University (MBU) School of Education (SOE) identifies specific professional dispositions, defined as categorized descriptions of teacher behavior that affect positive influence in the professional setting and promote gains in P-12 student learning. Initial teacher certification candidates are expected to meet proficiency expectations for each of these defined dispositions as part of program completion in the MBU SOE. Candidates will complete dispositions assessments at specific checkpoints in coursework during their program to measure their progress toward proficiency. In addition, at any time a SOE instructor may require completion of a dispositions assessment if a dispositions concern arises in his / her course, whether in the university setting or in practicum experiences.

If an instructor determines that a disposition is at the “Needs Improvement” level and requires further intervention, the candidate will be referred to the MBU SOE Educator Review Committee, comprised of select SOE administrators and faculty members, for intervention and / or remediation. The committee will recommend specific interventions intended to help the candidate achieve the expected targets and benchmarks. Intervention / remediation activities may include, but are not limited to, reduced course load, retake of same course, and guided study. Intervention / remediation always requires enrollment in a 0-6 credit hour SOE course: (course number being determined) Professional Development.

Curricular Practical Training (CPT)

In order for F-1 international students to participate in any off-campus field experience, internship, practicum, or sponsored research, they must apply for CPT (Curricular Practical Training) through the Office of International Student Services. This includes courses with embedded field experiences that are interactive rather than merely observational in nature. Students enrolled in courses qualifying under the CPT guidelines must complete a CPT Application Form with their advisor and submit it to the Office of International Student Services. Courses offered by the School of Education identified as requiring the CPT Application Form are listed below. Since requirements are subject to change, students should consult with their advisor and the Director of International Student Services if there is any question whether a course might meet the criteria for CPT. This list should not be considered exhaustive.

DEPT Course # Course Title
COUN 5163 Counseling Skills & Techniques
COUN 5253 Counseling Practicum
COUN 5283 Group Counseling
COUN 5343 CMHC Internship I
COUN 5353 CMHC Internship II
COUN 5383 Internship in Elementary School Counseling
COUN 5393 Internship in Secondary School Counseling
ECCL 111 Pre-K Field Experience
ECCL 121 Infant/Toddler Field Experience
ECCL 466 Working with the Preschool Child
ECCL 4703, 4709, 4712, 5703, 5709, 5712 Student Teaching: Early Childhood
ECED 363 Family and Community Resources in Early Childhood Education
ECED 453/553 Role of Movement and Creative Arts in Development of the Young Child: Seminar and Field Experience
ECSP 403/503 Introduction to Early Childhood Special Education: Seminar and Field Experience
ECSP 413/513 Teaching Young Children with Disabilities: Seminar and Field Experience
ECSP 4703, 5703 Student Teaching: Early Childhood Special Education
EDAD 573 Principal Capstone
EDAD 573SP Special Education Administrator Internship
EDCL 211 Teaching Field Experience I
EDCL 370-376 Professional Development
EDCL 411/511 Teaching Field Experience II
EDCL 420/520 Field Experience with English Language Learners
EDCL 4700  CPL Student Teaching Evaluation
EDDR 403/503 Driver Education I: Introduction to Safety Education
EDDR 413/513 Driver Education II: Organization
EDDR 433/533 Driver Education III: Instruction
EDDR 443/543 Driver Education IV: Developing Operational Skills
EDEN 453/553 Teaching Language Arts and Composition in Grades 5-12: Seminar and Field Experience
EDHE 453/553 Curriculum, Theory and Methods of Health Science for Grades K-12: Seminar and Field Experience
EDMS 403/503 Teaching Business and Marketing: Seminar and Field Experience
EDMS 413/513 Coordination of Cooperative Education
EDMS 433/533 Teaching Social Science for Middle/Secondary: Seminar and Field Experience
EDMS 473/573 Teaching Mathematics for Middle/Secondary: Seminar and Field Experience
EDMS 483/583 Teaching Science for Middle/Secondary: Seminar and Field Experience
EDPE 433/533 Curriculum, Theory, and Methods of Physical Education in the Elementary School: Seminar and Field Experience
EDPE 453/553 Curriculum, Theory, and Methods of Physical Education in the Middle School: Seminar and Field Experience
EDPE 463/563 Curriculum, Theory, and Methods of Physical Education in the Secondary School: Seminar and Field Experience
EDPS 573 Intelligence Testing
EDPS 583 Psychological Examiner Internship
EDRD 423/523 Integration of Literacy in the Content Areas
EDRD 433/533 Foundations of Literacy Instruction for Early Childhood/Elementary: Seminar and Field Experience
EDRD 443/543 Analysis and Correction of Reading Disabilities
EDRD 463/563 Reading and Writing Strategies for Middle/Secondary: Seminar and Field Experience
EDRD 573 Advanced Elementary Reading Disorders Practicum
EDRD 583 Advanced Secondary Reading Disorders Practicum
EDSP 433/533 Introduction and Methods of Teaching and Inclusion for Students with Cross-Categorical Disabilities and Field Experience
EDSP 453/553 Teaching Remedial Math K-12: Seminar and Field Experience
EDSP 4703, 5703+5709 Student Teaching: Special Education Cross-Categorical Disabilities
EDSP 573 Cross-Categorical Disabilities Practicum
EDST 473/573 Methods of Teaching Speech and Theatre for Middle/Secondary: Seminar and Field Experience
EDUC 673 Teachers as Leaders and Field Experience
ELCL 4703, 4709, 4712, 5703, 5709, 5712 Student Teaching: Elementary
ELED 433/533 Integrated Mathematics Concepts for Early Childhood/Elementary: Seminar and Field Experience
ELED 443/543 Integrated Science Concepts for Early Childhood/Elementary: Seminar and Field Experience
ELED 453/553 Integrated Language Arts Concepts and Children’s Literature for Early Childhood/Elementary: Seminar and Field Experience
ELED 463/563 Integrated Concepts in Social Science, Geography, and Economics for Early Childhood/Elementary: Seminar and Field Experience
EMCL 4703, 4709, 4712, 5703, 5709, 5712 Student Teaching: Middle School
ESCL 4703, 4709, 4712, 5703, 5709, 5712 Student Teaching: Secondary School
GRED 673CI Professional Portfolio and Field Experience
GRED 673S Capstone for Superintendent Certification
HUSR 543 Personality Assessment of Children, Adolescents, and Adults
LBCL 583 Library Practicum
LBCL 5703+5709 Student Teaching: Library Media Specialist
SLAD 523 Curriculum Construction/Design for Educational Administration K-12
SLAD 533 Role of Educational Administrator as Supervisor K-12

 

Course Requirements For Teacher Certification Have Changed

Students who did not complete all program requirements for certification – including passing their professional development folio, MoCA, and performance assessment (MoPTA or MoLPA) – by July 31, 2017, will need to meet the new certification rules as outlined in the current Graduate Bulletin and certification worksheets.

Graduate Programs

Programs of Study

Certificates

Certification

Doctor of Education

Educational Specialist

Master of Arts

Master of Arts in Teaching

Master of Educational Administration

Master of Educational Technology

Master of Science in Education

Master of Science in Higher Education Leadership