Education Program Assessments

Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments

Assessment Requirements for Graduation & Certification 2020-2021

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 2019-2020, see the following document: MoGEA Information 2019-2020.  For information on preparing for the MoGEA click here.

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 2020-2021 revised 2020-07-07⇐***

MoCA Test Prep

MBU has a limited number of vouchers available for Missouri Content Assessments during the 2019-2020 academic year, which will become available after 9/3/2019. Eligibility is dependent on financial need as demonstrated through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2019-2020 academic year. The primary EFC information listed on your Student Aid Report (SAR) must be $1,200 or less. Fax completed Missouri Content Assessment Voucher forms to Kathleen Wendt at 314.744.7656.


  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. 2019-2020 MoCA Voucher Fillable Request Form

Visit the MEGA website for more information or to register for the MoGEA or MoCA.  For information on preparing for the MoCA click here.

2020-2021 Testing Dates for School of Education Students

The performance assessments for certification changed effective 9/1/2018.   For more information go to