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A student who seeks entrance into the teacher education program typically does so after successful completion of 10 hours (9 hours for MAT) of education coursework.

Application

A student who seeks entrance into the teacher education program typically does so after successful completion of 10 hours (9 hours for MAT) of education coursework. Students should apply during EDU 21501 (EDU 51500 for MAT) Teacher Education Seminar I. All application for admission to the teacher education program and admission to student teaching must be completed and submitted in Foliotek.

Admission

The teacher education program is divided into two stages or benchmarks and is the result of action by the Council of Teacher Education (CTE). The council, broadly representative of all schools at the University, considers the student’s application to the teacher education program to be in Stage One after the student has completed the six steps outlined below. The student will not be allowed to enroll in most upper level or methods coursework until he/she has been formally admitted at Benchmark/Stage 1 to the teacher education program.

Benchmark/Stage One - Undergraduate

  1. The student has been accepted to Lindenwood University.

  2. The student has completed 10 hours of coursework (9 hours for MAT) from the School of Education.

  3. The teacher candidate has achieved a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.75, a content area coursework GPA of 3.0, and a professional education coursework GPA of 3.0, with a minimum grade of C in all professional education courses.

  4. The student has passed the criminal background clearance(s) required by Lindenwood University and the school district (s)in which the teacher candidate is seeking placement.

  5. The student has taken the Missouri Educator Profile (MEP) and developed a professional growth plan with his/her advisor.

  6. Undergraduate Only: The student has demonstrated evidence of competency in communications by passing ENGL 15000, ENGL 17000, and general education oral communications classes with a grade of C or better. Additionally the Lindenwood University Writing Proficiency Assessment or ENGL 21000 must be passed.

  7. Undergraduate Only: The student has attained the qualifying cut scores on the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA):

    Prior to September 1, 2015: The student has attained a qualifying score of186 on the English subtest, 167 on the Writing subtest, and 183 on the Math, Science, and Social Studies subtests of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) test codes (001-005)

    On or after September 1, 2015: The student has attained a qualifying score of 220 on all subtest of the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA) test code (66-69). *These qualifying cut scores are currently determined by individual educator preparation programs but are subject to future changes statewide by the MoDESE.

Benchmark/Stage Two

Acceptance into Benchmark/Stage Two is required for admittance into student teaching, and consists of the following additional requirements:

  1. The teacher candidate has obtained a passing score on the PRAXIS II, or the Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA).

    The Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) are tests required for all student teacher candidates. The test should be taken after most of the content courses for the desired program have been successfully completed and prior to student teaching. Candidates must also pass the appropriate Missouri Content Assessment in order to be recommended for certification. The MoCA exams replace the Praxis II exams. Students who passed the Praxis II exam in their content area before August 31, 2014 will have until December 31, 2016 to complete the program, including student teaching in order to use the PRAXIS II for certification. After that date, the Praxis II exam scores will expire.

    DESE will not accept the PRAXIS II score if taken after August 31, 2014.

    The correct MoCA exam is posted on the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessment (MEGA) website (www.mo.nesinc.com). If a student is unsure of which test to take after reviewing the website, he/she may contact the Teacher Certification Office at 636-949-4379 for more assistance.

    A passing score on the MoCA exam demonstrates that the teacher candidate has mastered the subject area that he/she will teach.

  2. The teacher candidate must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, a minimum content area course GPA of3.0, and a minimum professional education coursework GPA of 3.0, with a minimum grade of C in all professional education coursework.

  3. Additional components for admission to Benchmark/Stage Two can be found on the Lindenwood University School of Education Teacher Education website.

Completion of Teacher Education Program

  1. The teacher candidate must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, a minimum content area course GPA of3.0, and a minimum professional education coursework GPA of 3.0, with a minimum grade of C in all professional education coursework.

  2. The teacher candidate must successfully complete the student teaching course, EDU 41000 (EDU 60599-MAT) including all seminar sessions and portfolio requirements. The portfolio must be completed according to the standards outlined by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MoDESE) Missouri Standards for the Preparation of Educators (MoSPE), as specifically outlined in the 9 beginning standards for teacher educators.

  3. Candidates are also required to complete the Missouri Performance Teacher Assessment (MoPTA) during student teaching which employs a range of strategies and builds on each candidate's strengths, needs, and prior experiences. The MoPTA consists of four assessment tasks. The tasks will demonstrate performance in content coursework and clinical experience. All of the tasks will require a written commentary and submission of artifacts.

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