The capstone of the Teacher Education Program, student teaching consists of sixteen (16) weeks of teaching experiences in an appropriate classroom setting in a state or nationally accredited public or private school under the supervision of an experienced and highly qualified cooperating teacher. Students seeking certification in a single content area will complete one sixteen-week teaching experience. Students seeking certification at more than one level (K-12) or in more than one content area must student teach for twelve weeks at one level or content area and four weeks at the other level or content area as approved by the Dean of Education or Director of Field Experiences. This culminating field experience enables students to practice and develop the pedagogical skills necessary to meet the Missouri performance standards for teacher certification. Candidates actively participate and complete required assignments, work with students as requested and under the supervision of the classroom teacher, and have the opportunity and responsibility to lead the class over an extended period of time.
Students will be concurrently enrolled in EDUC 471 Student Teaching Seminar, which provides an opportunity for students to share and reflect on their student teaching experiences. All students, except for those pursuing library media specialist certification, will complete the Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA) in conjunction with this course. For more information on this standards-based performance assessment, visit http://www.mega.ets.org/test-takers/mopta/about. Those pursuing library media specialist certification will complete the Missouri Librarian Performance Assessment (MoLPA) in conjunction with EDUC 471. For more information on this standards-based performance assessment, visit http://www.mega.ets.org/test-takers/molpa/about.
Application for Student Teaching and Documents for Placement
After being formally admitted to the Teacher Education program, certification candidates must complete their student teaching (second) interview and apply to student teach. Application for student teaching must be made to the Education Office by the end of October for Spring Student Teaching and by the end of April for Fall Student Teaching. The final decision regarding placement will be left to the discretion of the Director of Field Experiences in order to insure the quality of student teaching experiences in diverse settings. Candidates are required to complete their student teaching experience in the grade level(s) and subject area(s) for which they are seeking recommendation for certification. All other education courses must have been completed satisfactorily prior to beginning student teaching.
International students will need to complete the following Curricular Practical Training (CPT) form which must be submitted to the International Student Office and approved before beginning any field placements.
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. Visit the website at http://health.mo.gov/safety/fcsr/ to register or for more information. To expedite placement, all students should complete the background check process at the time of the student teaching interview.
Some districts have additional requirements for placement consideration, including current TB test results or valid substitute certificate. Certain districts also have application deadlines which are different from those set by MBU. The following list is subject to change without notice as individual school districts determine which documents they will require for student teaching placement.
For information on applying for a substitute certificate and obtaining an FBI fingerprint background check, which is required for certification, visit the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website at http://dese.mo.gov/educator-quality/certification/fingerprintingbackground-check.
Mandatory Student Teaching Orientation for FA-15: Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Pillsbury Chapel
MBU requires that you have liability insurance through S-MSTA. The cost is just $5.00 for chapter dues. (For students enrolled at the Union Regional Learning Center in Franklin Co. the chapter dues are $7.00.) S-MSTA provides students with $2,000,000.00 in liability insurance. The completed application with a check or money order made payable to Missouri Baptist University must be submitted during Student Teaching Orientation. More information regarding S-MSTA will be provided during orientation as well. The completed application and payment must be received prior to beginning student teaching.
The MBU Education Division is interested in the feedback of student teachers regarding the strengths and weaknesses of our educator preparation program. A Student Teaching Self Evaluation will be emailed to you during the final week of your student teaching assignment. All information is confidential, although we are required to compile all responses and report the aggregated data for accreditation purposes. This evaluation must be completed and returned before we will submit your Application for Certification to DESE. We hope to use the results of your comments and suggestions to improve and strengthen the entire MBU Teacher Education Program.