The portfolio is requirement of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, for all students seeking initial teacher certification. The Missouri Standards for Teacher Education Programs (MoSTEP) are the basic outline for organizing your portfolio.
"Teaching and Leading as an Art and a Science"
The School of Education agrees that the general outcome of the teacher education program must be teaching professionals that believe and implement teaching as a blend of “Art” and “Science” as represented by the Beauty and Mechanism of the Spellmann Clock Tower… Teaching as an art because teaching is a craft that must be learned and applied in an authentic environment. Teaching as a science because it must be influenced by research and best practice for optimal student learning to be achieved.