Student Teaching & MoPTA/MoLPA

The capstone of the Teacher Education Program, student teaching consists of sixteen (16) weeks of teaching experiences in an appropriate classroom setting in a state or nationally accredited public or private school under the supervision of an experienced and highly qualified cooperating teacher. Students seeking certification in a single content area will complete one sixteen-week teaching experience. Students seeking certification at more than one level (K-12) or in more than one content area must student teach for twelve weeks at one level or content area and four weeks at the other level or content area as approved by the Dean of Education or Director of Field Experiences. This culminating field experience enables students to practice and develop the pedagogical skills necessary to meet the Missouri performance standards for teacher certification. Candidates actively participate and complete required assignments, work with students as requested and under the supervision of the classroom teacher, and have the opportunity and responsibility to lead the class over an extended period of time.

Students will be concurrently enrolled in EDUC 471 Student Teaching Seminar, which provides an opportunity for students to share and reflect on their student teaching experiences. All students, except for those pursuing library media specialist certification, will complete the Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA) in conjunction with this course. For more information on this standards-based performance assessment, visit  Those pursuing library media specialist certification will complete the Missouri Librarian Performance Assessment (MoLPA) in conjunction with EDUC 471. For more information on this standards-based performance assessment, visit

Application for Student Teaching and Documents for Placement

After being formally admitted to the Teacher Education program, certification candidates must complete their student teaching (second) interview and apply to student teach. Application for student teaching must be made to the Education Office by the end of October for Spring Student Teaching and by the end of April for Fall Student Teaching. The final decision regarding placement will be left to the discretion of the Director of Field Experiences in order to insure the quality of student teaching experiences in diverse settings. Candidates are required to complete their student teaching experience in the grade level(s) and subject area(s) for which they are seeking recommendation for certification. All other education courses must have been completed satisfactorily prior to beginning student teaching.

International students will need to complete the following Curricular Practical Training  (CPT) form which must be submitted to the International Student Office and approved before beginning any field placements.

A completed background check is required by most school districts prior to beginning observations in all field experiences and for student teaching. A new background check is required each semester. All students participating in a field experience or student teaching are required to request a background check through the Family Care Safety Registry of the Department of Health and Senior Services. Visit the website at to register or for more information. To expedite placement, all students should complete the background check process at the time of the student teaching interview.

Some districts have additional requirements for placement consideration, including current TB test results or valid substitute certificate. Certain districts also have application deadlines which are different from those set by MBU. The following list is subject to change without notice as individual school districts determine which documents they will require for student teaching placement.

For information on applying for a substitute certificate and obtaining an FBI fingerprint background check, which is required for certification, visit the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website at

Mandatory FA-18 Student Teaching Orientation: Tuesday,  July 31, 2018, 10:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Pillsbury Chapel

MBU requires that you have liability insurance through S-MSTA. (For students enrolled at the Franklin County Regional Learning Center in Union, the chapter dues are $7.00.) S-MSTA provides students with $2,000,000.00 in liability insurance. The completed application with a must be submitted during Student Teaching Orientation. More information regarding S-MSTA will be provided during orientation as well. The completed application must be received prior to beginning student teaching.

Missouri Pre-service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA)

As candidates are placed for student teaching, MBU is developing a list that identifies schools and districts which permit the video and which do not. You should register for the Task 4 with Video unless the district or school in which you are placed does not allow video. Schools Which Allow MoPTA Video SP-18


DESE and ETS conducted a series of webinars during the FA-15 semester to assist candidates with issues related to the four MoPTA Tasks. Links to the recorded webinars are provided here.

Professional Development Plan

For 2017-2018, the Professional Competency Profile is being renamed as the Professional Development Plan. All references to the Professional Competency Profile below are relevant to the Professional Development Plan.

Professional Competency Profile Webinar:  The Professional Competency Profile Webinar was presented and recorded Tuesday, November 17th. Dr. Hairston discussed a variety of aspects related to the purpose, development, and use of the Professional Competency Profile. It is important for candidates to review the presentation. The webinar included written comments from four building principals and commentary from Linda Kaiser (HR Director @ Park Hill School District, Kansas City) about the importance of this document in connecting preparation to practice as a first year teacher. The webinar runs 58 minutes in length.

  • The link to the recorded webinar is:
  • There has been a change in the format for the Professional Competency Profile. Please use this document in developing your PCP: Professional Competency Profile 11-17-15 (L)This is a Word template so you can type in the boxes.
  • A copy of your completed Professional Competency Profile with signatures, including cooperating teacher and field supervisor, needs to be submitted to Kathleen Wendt at the end of the semester.

Missouri Librarian Performance Assessment (MoLPA)

Student Evaluation of Educator Preparation Program

The MBU Education Division is interested in the feedback of our teacher certification candidates regarding the strengths and weaknesses of our educator preparation program. You will be emailed a survey link for the Student Evaluation of Educator Preparation Program toward the end of the semester. All information is confidential, although we are required to compile all responses and report the aggregated data for accreditation purposes. This evaluation must be completed before we will submit your Application for Certification to DESE. We hope to use the results of your comments and suggestions to improve and strengthen the entire MBU Teacher Education Program.