All states require a variety of assessments for aspiring teachers as one measure of their knowledge of a specific content area, learning assessment strategies, and appropriate instructional techniques. In the State of Missour, these assessments are referred to as the Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments (MEGA).
The Missouri General Education Assessment (MOGEA) is an assessment of your understanding of general education content areas. The assessment includes five subtests: English; Writing; Math; Science; and Social Science. All undergraduate education majors and minors must pass each section of the MOGEA prior to formal admission to the School of Education. It is suggested that this test be taken after the candidate has successfully completed 45 semester hours. Testing support is offered through the School of Education. Click here for the schedule of MOGEA testing support workshops. Individual sessions are also available by contacting the Assessment Coordinator at Alicia.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Missouri Educator Profile (MEP) is a web-based assessment completed by all teacher candidates prior to admission to the School of Education and prior to the start of their Final Clinical Experience. This profile is used as an advising tool to help teacher candidates further develop the characteristics common among successful educators. This assessment is integrated into the Practicum course (ED 185) and the Final Clinical Experience Seminar (ED 494).
The content area assessments are exit assessments that must be completed by the candidate in all areas of certification. The current Content Area Exam utilized by the state of Missouri is the PRAXIS II series. Teacher candidates are encouraged to take the PRAXIS II prior to the final clinical experience. Click here for more information on which tests to take. Testing support is offered through the School of Education. Click here for the schedule of PRAXIS II testing support workshops. Individual sessions are also available by contacting the Assessment Coordinator at Alicia.email@example.com
Missouri Performance Assessments
Beginning in the Fall of 2014, Missouri will be requiring a new performance assessment designed to demonstrate performance in content, coursework, and field experiences during the candidates program. The tasks will focus on the standards and quality indicators for teachers. This assessment will have a component required during Practicum (ED 185) and a culminating piece during the Final Clinical Experience (ED 495). Check back for more details as they become available.