Where am I?
Where can I get information about Missouri teacher certification?
- visit the office of the Department of Education/Special Education in East Building Room 235
- contact Rick Gwydir, Teacher Certification Coordinator, at (314) 889-4515 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- visit the website of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
What is the MEP?
- All candidates in Missouri educator preparation programs are required to complete the Missouri Educator Profile (MEP). The MEP is designed to survey the dispositions and work styles of educator candidates.
- Registration information is available on the MEP website.
What is the MoGEA?
- The Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) is a required test for admission into undergraduate educator preparation programs in Missouri. Consisting of five parts including a writing component, the MoGEA assess knowledge and skills in language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
How do I register for the MoGEA test?
- Registration and preparation information is available at MoGEA.
What are the Missouri Content Assessments?
- The content area assessments are exit assessments that must be completed by the candidate for each area of certification. These exit assessments are based on state and national standards and will measure the content knowledge necessary for that area of certificationl.
What is DESE?
- The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This is the administrative arm of the State Board of Education. It is primarily a service agency that works with educators, legislators, government agencies and citizens to maintain a strong public education system.
What is NCATE?
- The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is a national accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education authorized by the U.S. Department of Education. NCATE determines which schools, colleges, and departments of education meet rigorous national standards in preparing teachers and other school specialists for the classroom. Accreditation indicates that the school underwent a rigorous external review by professionals, that performance of teacher candidates in the program has been thoroughly assessed before recommendation for licensure, and that the programs meet standards set by the teaching profession at large.
What are the GPA requirements in Fontbonne's teacher education programs?
- You must maintain a blended cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale for coursework from all colleges of record. You must also maintain a blended cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all courses designated as "professional" courses and content courses.
How is my GPA determined?
- Grade point average is computed by dividing the total quality points by the total semester hours attempted.
What is a blended GPA?
- A blended GPA includes all coursework attempted from all colleges attended.
What are the requirements for major approval?
- Pass all sections of MoGEA test / complete the MEP survey /successfully complete EDU 200/201 (or equivalent) / maintain cumulative blended GPA of 2.75 and a 3.0 GPA in "professional" and content courses.
When should I apply for major approval?
- Major approval applications must be submitted after the completion of 45 credit hours but before 60 credit hours at Fontbonne OR after the completion of 12 credit hours at Fontbonne for transfer students.
When do I apply for admission to the Teacher Certification Program?
- Submit your application by the end of the first semester of your junior year OR by the middle of your third semester on campus if you are a transfer student.
What are the requirements for the final clinical experience (student teaching)?
- Admitted to Teacher Certification Program / senior status / maintained blended cumulative GPA of 2.75 and content and"professional" GPAs of 3.0 / submitted placement request forms to Director of Student Teaching.
When do I apply for final clinical experience?
- For fall placement, submit your application prior to February 1 of the year prior to student teaching. For a spring placement, submit your application prior to May 1 of the year prior to student teaching.
What is the MoPTA?
- The Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA) measures whether a teacher candidate has met the Missouri Standards for the Preparation of Educators (MoSPE). These teacher standards are articulated across nine general areas of professional and include Quality Indicators that further describe the particular benchmark or criterion of the professional practice. The MoPTA consists of four tasks. Each task will take place during the final clinical experience of the teacher candidate and will focues on differentiation of instruction and the decision-making process. The candidate's task submissions will provide a variety of artifacts, including student work and observation feedback.
I already have a degree. How can I become a teacher?
- Fontbonne University offers a Master of Arts degree in Teaching for those who have a degree outside of the education field and want to enter the education profession. This degree is structured to provide you with the knowledge, skills and confidence to teach in today's diverse classrooms. The MAT provides you with an efficient and effective means to achieve initial teacher certification along with an advanced degree. For more information about this program visit our Master of Arts Degree in Teaching (MAT) web page.