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Teacher Education Admission Packet and Procedures

Admission Packet and Procedures

Teacher Education Admission Procedures:

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 (TEAP) completed in conjunction with EDUC 201 Professional Growth and Folio Development I. No student will be allowed to student teach unless he or she has been formally admitted into the Teacher Education program.  Candidates must be formally admitted in order to enroll in EDUC 401 Professional Growth and Folio Development II and EDCL 411/511 Teaching Field Experience II or to schedule their student teaching (second) interview.

The Teacher Education Admission Packet includes the Teacher Education Program Release/Waiver Form, Application for Admission to the Teacher Education Program, Initial Certification Dispositions Usage and Purpose Agreement,Teacher Education Timeline Acknowledgment Form, and Self-Assessment of Diversity Proficiencies (Admission), along with submission of a current resume,* philosophy of education,* autobiographical sketch,* and three letters of recommendation (one of which must be from a Missouri Baptist University faculty member). ACT or SAT scores and Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) scores are also required only for undergraduate degree-seeking candidates.  Those who have not passed all sections of MoGEA on the first attempt may appeal to be admitted based on an ACT composite score of 20 or higher (or comparable SAT score) taken within the last five years.  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 satisfying the required general education assessment measure. ** Post-baccalaureate students seeking initial certification, whether at the graduate or undergraduate level, are exempt from the general education assessment requirement, per DESE rules (5 CSR  20-400.310, Appendix A 11).

GPA Requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program, approval to student teach, and recommendation for certification:

  • 2.750 overall GPA (including all coursework from all colleges and universities attended) **
  • 3.000 content area GPA with no grade lower than C for those pursuing middle, secondary, or K-12 content area certification **
  • 3.000 professional education GPA with no grade lower than C for those pursuing middle, secondary, or K-12 content area certification **
  • 3.000 program GPA with no grade lower than C for those pursuing certification in early childhood, elementary, or special education **

Students may take the following 20 credit hours prior to completing the process for admission to the Teacher Education Program:

  • EDUC 201 Professional Growth and Folio Development I (Must be taken second semester of the sophomore year or first semester of enrollment for students transferring with a class rank of junior or higher)
  • EDUC 203 Teaching in a Diverse Society † (Must be taken with EDUC 201 and EDCL 200)
  • EDCL 200 Teaching in a Diverse Society Field Experience
  • EDCL 211 Teaching Field Experience I
  • EDUC 210 Field Experience I Seminar (must be taken concurrently with EDCL 211)
  • EDUC 303 Methods of Teaching and Differentiated Instruction
  • ECTA 323 Curriculum, Assessment and Data-based Decision Making
  • EDUC 373 Technology and Instructional Media (or EDUC 573 Applications of Technology for graduate students)
  • EDPS 383 Psychology of Teaching and Learning
  • PSYC 313 Human Growth and Development (or PSYC 553 Advanced Human Development for graduate students)

According to School of Education policies, students who are not admitted to the Teacher Education Program are not permitted to register for 400/500-level education classes without written approval from the Associate Dean of Education for Teacher Education and Student Affairs as noted on the Teacher Education Program Admission Probation Form. **

Students who transfer in a course that does not include an equivalent diversity 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 TEAP will not be considered complete until final recommended revisions have been made and accepted.

**Undergraduate degree-seeking students who have not passed all sections of MoGEA and do not have an ACT composite score of 20 or higher (or comparable SAT score) within the last five years, but who have submitted all materials required for admission listed above and have successfully passed their admission interview, may be permitted to take education courses at the 400-level provided they have completed a Teacher Education Program Admission Probation Form and have been approved to continue by the Associate Dean of Education for Teacher Education and Student Affairs. Likewise, students who have not met the GPA requirements for admission, may also be permitted to take education courses at the 400-level provided they have completed a Teacher Education Program Admission Probation Form and have been approved to continue by the Associate Dean of Education for Teacher Education and Student Affairs. Approval to continue on probation for either MoGEA or GPA issues must be approved on a semester by semester basis.  

Candidates must complete an interview for admission after submitting their TEAP in order to be admitted into the program. For information on the interview process, see https://www.mobap.edu/academics/teacher-education-interviews/.

All candidates must be fully admitted before they will be allowed to schedule their student teaching (second) interview.