All students seeking teacher certification must complete two interviews which are a component of the Assessment Phases for the Teacher Education Program. The first interview is for admission into the program. A student must be admitted into the Teacher Education Program in order to continue with 400/500-level education classes. Once accepted into the education program, all students must complete a student teaching interview at least one semester prior to student teaching. This includes students receiving credit for prior learning (CPL) to satisfy any portion of the student teaching requirement.
Those who do not have the required elements in their folio will not be permitted to interview. For the first (admission) interview, that includes the philosophy of education (which must incorporate at least two theorists), autobiographical sketch, and a reflection, which must incorporate at least two theorists and two artifacts, on one of the nine Missouri Teacher Standards or one of the seven Missouri Standards for School Librarians. For the second (student teaching) interview, that includes reflections on four of the nine Missouri Teacher Standards or four of the seven Missouri Standards for School Librarians, each of which must incorporate at least two theorists and two artifacts. These documents must be printed out and brought to the interview. It is not necessary to have them in a binder.
Students on probationary status following the admission interview must satisfy all deficiencies and be approved for admission before proceeding with their student teaching interview.
Students on probationary status following the student teaching interview must satisfy all deficiencies and be approved to student teach before being placed for student teaching or submitting their folio for CPL evaluation.