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. The School of Education offers a free on-line workshop for teacher candidates to begin teh preparation process.
The Missouri Educator Profile (MEP) is a web-based assessment completed by all teacher candidates prior to admission to the School of Education. 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).
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 must take the PRAXIS II prior to the final clinical experience. Click here for more information on which tests to take. Beginning on 09/01/2014, the Praxis II will be replaced by the Missouri Content Assessments (MoCA) for Missouri teacher certification. Stay tuned for more information.
Missouri Pre-Service Assessments
Beginning in the Fall of 2014, Missouri began implementing 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 is integrated into the Final Clinical Experience (ED 495). Check back for more details as they become available.
Did you know that there is a one-credit weekend intensive course designed specifically for Education students preparing for the MoGEA and/or Content Area Exams? Check the course catalog for ED 380: Test Prep for Teacher Candidates.
Contact Alicia Murillo, School of Education Assessment Coordinator, for more details regarding the state required assessments and testing support.