Professional Educator Dispositions at Mizzou

The teacher education program at MU works with preservice teachers to prepare them for the dispositions necessary to realize the MU College of Education & Human Development’s strategic plan and satisfy the college’s vision for the responsibilities of professional educators.

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Implementation (Fall 2022 plan for when/where PEDE will be used) 

Checkpoint 1:
11XX courses — Students are introduced to Professional Educator Dispositions Evaluation (PEDE) in 11XX, and the tool will be used as a lesson and coaching opportunity. Instructors will take time to explain the document and engage the students in applying the dispositions to teaching scenarios in order to give them an understanding of the dispositions that have shown to be helpful for successful teachers.
Checkpoint 2:
Mid-level experiences — When students apply for Mid-Level, they review the dispositions and sign a statement that they have read and understand that these are expected dispositions and are aware that host teachers will use the dispositions in their evaluations.
Checkpoint 3:
Host and Cooperating Teachers — Continued use of selected dispositions in their assessment of students.

Have a concern about a student? There are a few different ways you can share your concerns: 
   1) If it is an undergraduate student in your class, you can utilize MU Connect to raise a flag(s) or make a referral to particular campus resources.
   2) If there are more ongoing, unresolved, or urgent issues with a CEHD student, you can submit a Student Support Referral, which alerts a team within Student Success & Academic Affairs.
   You can also submit a referral directly to the Care Team in Student Affairs via the MU Student of Concern Referral Form.

Standardized Test Admission Requirements for Phase II Progression

All candidates admitted into Phase II must meet the freshmen admission requirements to the University of Missouri (see MU Admissions Requirements for more information), which includes a qualifying ACT score. For external transfer candidates, the candidate must submit the ACT score (or SAT) and the following GPA requirements must be met:

  • Freshman Classification: 2.600 or higher
  • Sophomore Classification: 2.700 or higher
  • Junior Classification: 2.750 or higher
  • Senior Classification: 2.750 or higher

Candidates can appeal and submit appropriate materials if they do not meet the satisfactory entrance score. Within the appeal, candidates can provide other test scores, exam credits, GPA from similar coursework, or proof of accommodations. The Teacher Preparation Review Committee will review the materials and determine if the entrance requirement can be waived.

Standardized Test Admission Requirements FAQs

  • What does the above policy mean?
    • There are two options for meeting the standardized testing option for progression into Phase II.
      • Option 1: You meet the freshman admission requirements
      • Option 2: If you are a transfer student, you must submit your ACT or SAT score (or have already taken the MoGEA and scored 220+ on each subtest) and meet the GPA requirement above.
  • How do I meet Freshmen admission criteria if I am a transfer student?
    • The College of Education is required to have a testing score on file for every student admitted to Phase II. Because MU Freshmen admission requires a test score, we have the score information needed for students who were admitted to MU as Freshmen.
    • Because transfer admission does not require a testing score, we may or may not have an ACT or SAT score on file for you. You can review your academic profile to see if MU has a testing score for you.
    • If you completed the ACT, SAT, or MoGEA and MU does NOT have your score on file, please submit your score report to the College of Education.
  • I was charged student fees for a MoGEA voucher. Will I get a refund?
    • The College of Education is communicating with Pearson regarding this question. We believe Pearson will be able to refund unused and not expired MoGEA vouchers. The refunds will be processed by the Cashier’s Office.
    • At this time we are waiting for additional clarification from Pearson regarding vouchers that have been used (i.e. a registration has been made), but the exam date has not occurred (e.g., an exam two weeks from today). More information to come.
  • I am a transfer student, does that mean that I still need to take the MoGEA?
    • Maybe. If you are in a position where you are working towards completion of an AAT degree from a different institution, please check directly with that institution with regards to their policy for awarding the AAT. If this situation does not apply to you, then please see question #2 above for how to confirm the College of Education has a test score on file for you. If the College of Education has a test score on file, then you do not need to take the MoGEA.

Key Assessments

As part of the College’s continuous improvement efforts to support student success and program improvement, key assessments will be used as a formative measure to help delineate how students are performing in relation to specific curriculum standards and expectations at a particular point in their program. These assessments are course-embedded assignments developed across multiple courses. Students will receive more detailed information about these assignments from their respective course instructors.

ESCP 2010 Assessment:

Key Assessment: Learning from an individual viewpoint

This assignment is part of the “Early level” file and a capstone assignment for this course. Students taking this course will be provided with virtual student files that depict a snapshot of a particular student. Using one of the provided student IEPs, the student will explain how to create a classroom that will help a specific student maximize their learning potential based on the content learned in this course. The focus should be on:

  • The student’s own specific content area
  • The emotional, physical, and social development of their students (e.g., elementary/middle/high)
  • Our learning theory(ies)
  • Motivation theory(ies)
  • Diversity and inclusion

LTC 2040 Key Assessment:

Key Assessment: Standards Portfolio

Throughout LTC 2040, students will have explored the essential question: How will I use powerful teaching to foster community, belonging, and inclusion? Through assignments, assessments, dialogues, research, field experiences, and class activities, students will have thought deeply about this question. Students will also have explored our key standards of (1) diverse social and cultural perspectives, (2) language, culture, family, and knowledge of community values, and (3) professional learning. These standards align with the Missouri Teacher Standards and will guide the final assessment in this course—The Key Assessment Standards Portfolio.

Lesson Planning Key Assessment:

The Lesson Planning Key Assessment (LPKA) connects the Missouri Teaching Standards (MTS) to the planning for teaching that students will do during their methods courses.  Students will complete the LPKA initially during their midlevel experience and then again during their advanced experience. Not only does the LPKA assess student ability to plan lessons, but it will also familiarize students with the lesson planning template used during their student teaching experiences.

ProgramMid-Level CourseAdv-Level Course
Science Ed (Mid/Sec) **AY22-23 only**LTC 4641 (during Junior spring semester)BIO_SC 4994 (during Senior fall semester)
ELALTC 4380/4470 (during Junior fall semester)LTC 4400/4490
Music EdMUS_ED 4142MUS_ED 4144
Elementary EdLTC 4310 (during Junior spring semesterLTC 4241
Math EdLTC 4581 (during Junior spring semester)LTC 4590 (during Senior spring semester)
Social StudiesLTC 4541/4320 (during Junior spring semester)LTC 4550 (during Senior fall semester)
AgEdAG_ED 4320AG_ED 4330