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Northwest Missouri State University


Professional Education Mileposts

Here you will find information about professional education mileposts and the recommended order in which they should be completed. Please note that you should see your advisor for more specific information.

Checklist

Freshman (First) Year

  1. Assignment to an approved Professional Education advisor.
  2. ACT or SAT scores on file with the University and the TESS Office.
  3. Plan program for completion of prerequisite courses for admission to the Professional Education Program.
  4. Work toward attaining and maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a minimum professional education GPA and content area GPA of 3.00 with no grade below a "C" in a professional education courses and no more than seven hours below a C for all courses used to meet general education requirements.
  5. Successfully complete Observation and Activity (62-211) or Practicum I (61-260, 61-262, or 22-260). Please note that 61-260 Secondary Teaching Practicum I or 61-262 Middle School Teaching Practicum I may not be taken during the same trimester as 61-360 Secondary Teaching Practicum II or 61-362 Middle School Teaching Practicum II.
  6. Register with the Family Care Safety Registry so that a Criminal Background Check can be completed in Observation and Activity (62-211) or Practicum I (61-260, 61-262, or 22-260).

Sophomore (Second) Year

  1. Complete prerequisite courses for admission to the Professional Education Program.
  2. Work toward attaining and maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a minimum professional education GPA and content area GPA of 3.00 with no grade below a "C" in professional education Courses and  no more than seven hours below a "C" for all courses used to meet general education requirements.
  3. Complete College-Basic Academic Subject Examination (C-BASE) or the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA). It is suggested that this test be taken after successfully completing 45 semester hours. Please note that students have two years to pass each subsection of the C-BASE and the MoGEA from the times of their initial administration. If a student does not pass all subsections within the two year period, all of the individual subsections will expire and the student must retake the entire examination. Lastly, due to an increase in the number of students requesting accomodations for a disability on the C-BASE test, any request for accomodation must be submitted by the regular registration deadline.  Late registrations for accomodations will not be accepted in order to allow testing personnel time to arrange for the necessary accomodations.
  4. Apply for admission to Professional Education during second semester if all prerequisites have been completed. Apply through the TESS Office, Administration Building 348.

Junior (Third) Year

  1. Work toward attaining and maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a minimum professional education GPA and content area GPA of 3.00 with no grade below a "C" in professional education courses and no more than seven hours below a "C" for all courses used to meet general education requirements.
  2. Complete subject area methods courses as required by program. Admission to Professional Education is a prerequisite to enrolling in departmental courses.
  3. Apply for student teaching during the fall or spring trimester prior to student teaching.

Senior (Fourth) Year

  1. Apply for student teaching during the fall or spring trimester prior to student teaching.
  2. Pass the Praxis II.
  3. Apply on-line for certification through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website during the last semester of enrollment.
  4. Work toward attaining and maintaining a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 and a minimum professional education GPA and content area GPA of 3.00 with no more than seven hours below a "C" for all courses used to meet general education requirements.