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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 semester 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).
  7. Register and complete the Missouri Educator Profile (MEP) during Practicum I (61-260, 61-262, 22-260) or Reporting Pupil Progress (62-301).

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 the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA). It is suggested that this test be taken after successfully completing 45 semester hours. If a student does not pass all of the MoGEA componentes within a two-year period, all of the individual component scores will expire and the student must retake the entire examination. Information about testing accomodations for the MoGEA can be found at on the Pearson website. If you have already taken and passed each subsection of the College Basic Academic Subject Examination (C-BASE), this test can be used for admission to the Professional Education Program until December 31, 2016.
  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. Successfully complete the appropriate Missouri Content Assessment(s) prior to student teaching (beginning Spring 2017).
  4. Apply for student teaching during the fall or spring semester prior to student teaching.
  5. Register for the Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA) prior to student teaching.
  6. Complete all diversity hours prior to student teaching.

Senior (Fourth) Year

  1. Apply for student teaching during the fall or spring semester prior to student teaching.
  2. Sucessfully complete the appropriate Missouri Content Assessment(s) prior to student teaching (beginning Spring 2017).
  3. Register for the Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA) prior to student teaching.
  4. Complete all diversity hours prior to student teaching.
  5. Apply on-line for certification through the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website during the last semester of enrollment. (See the Educator Certification website.)
  6. 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.
  7. Successfully complete a performance assessment (MoPTA) during student teaching.