Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA)
Important Information — Please Read: 8-19-14 Memo from DESE about MEGA assessment changes for 2014-2015
The Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA) are a part of the Missouri Standards for the Preparation of Educators (Mo-SPE) 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. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) will be implementing MEGA in stages beginning in 2013-2014 through 2015-2016. Students will be required to complete any new assessments that are implemented during the course of their certification program as required by DESE.
Starting with the FA-13 semester, all students beginning a certification program at any level – teacher, library media specialist, school counselor, or principal – will be required to complete the Missouri Educator Profile (MEP), a work style assessment. Students who are seeking teacher certification will complete the MEP in conjunction with EDUC 201 Professional Growth and Folio Development I. Graduate students applying for admission to the Master of Arts in Counseling, for elementary or secondary school counseling certification, or the Master of Educational Administration will complete the MEP as part of the admission process to the university.
The Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) has replaced C-BASE as the general education entry examination. Students who have previously passed all sections of C-BASE may be admitted to the MBU Teacher Education Program without having to pass MoGEA provided they are able to complete their certification program by the end of December 2016. Undergraduate degree-seeking students who are pursuing teacher certification will also take MoGEA in the same semester as EDUC 201 Professional Growth and Folio Development I (second semester of the sophomore year or first semester of enrollment for students transferring with a class rank of junior or higher). For information on Missouri Baptist University’s passing scores for 2014-2015 see the following document: MoGEA Information 2014-2015 updated 12-17-2014.
The Missouri Content Assessments replace the Praxis and SLS Series assessments in Missouri as the content area exams for all areas of certification beginning September 1, 2014. DESE will continue to accept Praxis or SLS scores for exams passed as of August 31, 2014, for initial certification through December 31, 2016. However, Praxis or SLS tests taken after August 31, 2014, will not be accepted by DESE as passing.
We have a limited number of vouchers available for Missouri Content Assessments during the 2014-2015 academic year. Eligibility is dependent on financial need as demonstrated through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2014-2015 academic year. Students who are not currently enrolled must still file a FAFSA for 2014-2015 to determine eligibility. Please attach your FAFSA confirmation page or first page of your 2014-2015 Student Aid Report (SAR) including the primary EFC information, which must be $1,200.00 or less. Fax completed Missouri Content Assessment Voucher forms to Kathleen Wendt at 314.744.7656.
Visit the MEGA website http://www.mo.nesinc.com/ for more information, to prepare for a test, or to register for the MEP, MoGEA, or MCA.
The Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA), launching fall 2015 statewide, is an evidence-based assessment designed for teacher candidates completing their student teaching experience. MBU will be implementing MoPTA for all student teachers during the 2014-2015 academic year. The Missouri School Leader Performance Assessment (MoSLPA), launching fall 2014, is an evidence-based assessment designed for school leaders completing their clinical experience. Similar competency-based assessments designed for school counselors and library media specialists are currently under development. For more information on the Missouri Performance Assessments visit http://mega.ets.org/.