Education Program Assessments

Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments

Important news about the Elementary Multi-Content MoCA from DESE

On April 12, 2022, the Missouri State Board of Education voted to drop the required cut score on the two Elementary Education subtests -2 SEM, which correlates to the following scores:

  • Elementary Education I (Test 73; Math and Science): 190
  • Elementary Education II (Test 74; ELA and Social Studies): 188

These new passing scores will be retroactive to August 21, 2021, and prior scores meeting the above standards will be accepted for certification as soon as Pearson’s system can be updated. The Board placed no sunset date on this change.  For details on the timeline for the update process, please click here.

NEW MoCA Launch Dates

Please note that Pearson officially launched the six updated MoCA exams to be introduced for Fall 2021 on August 23, 2021.

For any of these tests, in the case that a candidate already holds a passing score for the previous version, the candidate will not be required to take the replacement test to apply for certification. In the case of the multi-content exam for elementary education, candidates will need to pass ALL sections of the SAME version of the test (previous or new). Note that the 4 subtests for the previous version of the Elementary Education Multi-Content have been replaced with 2 subtests.

Dates can be verified at Tests (nesinc.com) and preparation materials are available at Prepare (nesinc.com). See the table below for updated test codes.

Old Test Code, through 8/22/21 Test Name New Test Code, Introduced 8/23/21
007-010 Elementary Education Multi-Content 073 & 074
016 Biology 075
018 Chemistry 076
019 Earth Science 077
024 Physics 078
072 Building-Level Administrator 080


For additional information regarding online testing options, including system requirements,  Click Here.

Assessment Requirements for Graduation & Certification 2021-2022

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 the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).

The Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) has replaced C-BASE as the general education examination for entry into the Teacher Education Program. Undergraduate degree-seeking students who are pursuing teacher certification will 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). All undergraduate degree-seeking initial certification candidates will be required to take all sections of the MoGEA at least once, for baseline scoring.  Students who fail to pass all sections on the first attempt will be able to appeal to substitute their ACT score for the MoGEA if they have achieved a composite score of 20 or higher (or equivalent SAT score) taken within the 5 years of initial enrollment at MBU.  Students who have not achieved an ACT composite score of 20 or higher (or equivalent SAT score) will be required to pass all sections of the MoGEA. For information on Missouri Baptist University’s passing scores for 2020-2021 and information on preparing for the MoGEA, see the following document: MoGEA Info 2021-2022 with Test Prep Info.

The Missouri Content Assessments (MoCA) replaced the Praxis and SLS Series assessments in Missouri as the content area exams for all areas of certification beginning September 1, 2014.

***⇒MoCA 2021-2022 for Website updated 2022-04-12⇐***

MBU has a limited number of vouchers available for Missouri Content Assessments during the 2021-2022 academic year, which will become available after 9/1/2021. Eligibility is dependent on financial need as demonstrated through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2021-2022 academic year. The primary EFC information listed on your Student Aid Report (SAR) must be $1,200 or less. Email completed forms to kathleen.wendt@mobap.edu.

  1. Applications will be considered in the order in which they are received.
  2. Students may receive only one voucher per test.
  3. Vouchers may or may not cover the full cost of the registration fee, depending on the exam.
  4. Priority will be given to those who must take multiple exams (seeking certification in more than one content area) or exams with multiple subtests (elementary education).
  5. Vouchers are available only for area(s) in which candidates are seeking recommendation for initial certification. Vouchers are not available for area(s) which are being added via exam.
  6. 2021-2022 MoCA Voucher Fillable Request Form

Visit the MEGA website http://www.mo.nesinc.com/ for more information or to register for the MoGEA or MoCA.  For information on preparing for the MoCA click here.

The performance assessments for certification changed effective 9/1/2018.   For more information go to https://dese.mo.gov/educator-quality/educator-preparation/mo-performance-assessments.