Admission Packet and Procedures (please note that fill-able forms are available for items 3-7 below)
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 completed in conjunction with EDUC 201 Professional Growth and Development I. No student will be allowed to student teach unless he or she has been formally admitted into the Teacher Education program.
The Teacher Education Admission Packet includes the Teacher Education Program Release/Waiver Form, Application for Admission to the Teacher Education Program, Self-Assessment of Diversity Proficiencies (Admission), and Acknowledgment Form, along with submission of a current resume,* educational philosophy,* autobiographical sketch,* three letters of recommendation (one of which must be from a Missouri Baptist University faculty member), ACT or SAT scores, Missouri Educator Profile for teachers (MEP), and Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) scores (or C-BASE if all subtests were passed as of December 31, 2013**). 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 passing all sections of the required general education assessment.*** Post-baccalaureate students seeking initial certification, whether at the graduate- or undergraduate-level, are exempt from the general education assessment requirement.
Undergraduate students may take the following 17 credit hours prior to completing the process for admission to the Teacher Education Program:
Graduate students may take the following 17 credit hours prior to completing the process for admission to the Teacher Education Program:
†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 file will not be considered complete until final recommended revisions have been made and accepted.
**Students who have passed all sections of C-BASE have until December 31, 2016, to complete their certification program or else they will need to pass all sections of MoGEA.
***Undergraduate degree-seeking students who have not passed all sections of MoGEA but who have submitted all materials required for admission listed above, and who have passed at least two sections, may be permitted to continue taking education courses at the 400-level provided they have registered for the next available exam date and have submitted a written request for permission to continue to the Dean of the Education Division. Students who fail to pass all remaining sections of MoGEA the second time must register for tutoring and for the next available exam date, again requesting permission to continue in writing to the Dean of the Education Division. Students who fail any section(s) a third time cannot enroll for any additional education coursework until all sections of have been passed. Once the Missouri Qualifying Score for MoGEA has been set in July 2015 students will have only five attempts to pass each section.
For students who enrolled in a Teacher Education program at Missouri Baptist University prior to FA-13, an overall cumulative GPA of 2.500 is required for admission with 2.500 GPA and no grades below a “C” in professional education and subject area requirements. However, GPA requirements are changing. Students entering MBU beginning with the FA-13 semester 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 (with no grades below a “C” in professional education or content area requirements) for admission. Students admitted under the 2.500 GPA requirement who do not complete certification requirements prior to SP-17 will be held to the new, higher GPA standard.
Once the Teacher Education Admission Packet has been submitted, students must complete an interview with a team of two faculty interviewers as part of the admission process. One of the interviewers will ask questions while the other reviews the students’ admission documents, focusing on the autobiographical sketch, philosophy of education, and a reflection on one of the nine Missouri Standards for the Preparation of Educators (MoSPE) standards for teachers or one of the seven MoSPE standards for library media specialists, including an appropriate artifact. (See the Professional Development Folio Guide for Teachers and Library Media Specialists available in the MBU Bookstore for information on writing the required reflections.)
A schedule of monthly interview dates is published prior to the start of the academic year. All interviews are conducted on the MBU Main campus. Handouts including Interview Tips for Students, Portfolio Checklist, and Interview Questions are available to help students prepare for the admission interview. http://www.mobap.edu/academics/teacher-education-interviews/
Once the Teacher Education Admission Packet is complete and the admission interview has been passed, students are presented to the Education Faculty for approval. Students will receive an acceptance letter from Dr. Melanie Bishop, Dean of the Education Division, notifying them when they have been formally admitted to the Teacher Education Program by vote of the Education Faculty.