The MU Teaching Fellowship Program is a graduate level program open to individuals who will be entering their first full year of teaching, rising second year teachers, and rising third year teachers.
Prospective Teaching Fellows are encouraged to review the information housed under the Teaching Fellows tab. Details on course sequencing, maintaining eligibility, as well as salary and tuition are made available.
Outlined below is the application process for the MU Teaching Fellowship Program. If you have any questions about the process, please email us at TeachingFellows@missouri.edu.
- All requirements for Bachelor’s degree completed by May 15
- All requirements for completion of an accredited teacher education preparation program by May 15
- Eligible to be recommended for certification in the state of Missouri by June 1
- A minimum 3.000 overall GPA (cumulative of all institutions attended)
- A minimum 3.000 on the last 60 transcripted undergraduate graded hours
Be sure to review the 7 application components listed below. Completed applications and all associated materials must be received by the MU Teaching Fellowship Program no later than 4:00 PM CST on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 in order for beginning teachers to be considered to participate in Interview Day. Applicants recruited by districts after Interview Day should submit the completed application and associated materials as soon as possible for screening but no later than 4:00 PM CST on Wednesday, June 6, 2018.
1. Online program application
- Applicants should apply to the MU Teaching Fellowship Program before applying to the University of Missouri Graduate School (see component 6).
- Applicants are strongly encouraged to be proactive and complete component 1 in a timely fashion. Doing so will ensure that application materials are documented and on file. All complete applications must be received no later than 4:00 PM CST on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 in order for applicants to be considered to participate in Interview Day. Rising second and third year applicants do not need to attend Interview Day unless they wish to change districts.
- Use the following link to view the instructions for the MU Teaching Fellowship Program application: Online Program Application Instructions
2. Three letters of recommendation
- Recommendation letters must be submitted online using the link below. Letters delivered, mailed or emailed will not be accepted. All online recommendations must be submitted no later than Tuesday, February 13, 2018 in order to be considered for Interview Day.
- At least one recommendation letter must be submitted from each of the following categories:
- The district assigned mentor or partner/cooperating teacher.
- A faculty member (preferably a methods/pedagogy instructor from your emphasis area or your faculty advisor) who can provide information about you as a student.
- For rising 2nd or 3rd year teachers, the building principal or administrator from your current teaching site. For incoming 1st year teachers, the building principal or administrator from the student teaching internship site or someone with firsthand knowledge of your teaching experience in an education/school setting such as a university supervisor or pre-service setting teacher.
- In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), all applicants must submit a release form to the MU Teaching Fellowship Program office documenting written consent from the student to the writers of all recommendation letters. By submitting the Release for Letter of Recommendation form, applicants indicate that they understand the MU Teaching Fellowship Program requires confidential letters of recommendation and that they waive their rights to review the letters or know the contents of any oral communication.
Recommendation Letter Step One
- Applicants should complete, sign, and submit the Release for Letter of Recommendation form to the MU Teaching Fellowship Program office making sure to list all reference writers’ names on the one form. Form should be emailed as an attachment to TeachingFellows@missouri.edu.
Recommendation Letter Step Two
- Applicants should provide each letter writer with – a copy of their completed Release form, which category the writer is to select and write towards, and the following link.
3. Official transcripts
- MU undergraduate students are exempt from this requirement as the MU Teaching Fellowship Program has access to all transcripted coursework.
- All other applicants are required to submit official transcripts from each institution attended (including dual credit courses).
- Transcripts should be requested after fall semester grades have been posted.
- All official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution and submitted to:
Teaching Fellowship Program
303 Townsend Hall
Columbia, MO 65211-2400
4. Proof of passing Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) and/or Praxis exam scores* for initial certification area and any additional certification area(s)
- PDF copies of all certification exam scores should be emailed to TeachingFellows@missouri.edu
- Applicants are encouraged to print and keep a copy for their individual records.
- Applicants wanting to be considered for placement in multiple content areas and/or levels (e.g. middle school math, high school science, etc.) must provide proof of passing scores for all content areas and/or levels.
*Applicants must have passing MoCA and/or Praxis scores on file with the MU Teaching Fellowship Program to determine eligibility prior to the interviewing stage. If you know your official score(s) will not arrive by the application deadline, email a scanned copy of your unofficial score(s) showing the date of the examination to TeachingFellows@missouri.edu.
5. General GRE scores*
- Applicants choosing* to take the GRE must have their GRE scores on file with the University of Missouri’s Graduate Admissions Office to determine eligibility for the interviewing stage.
- For those applicants choosing* to take the GRE and to meet the application deadline for participating in Interview Day, the GRE must be taken no later than January 30th. District recruited applicants choosing to take the GRE must take the GRE by May 18, 2018.
- If you know your scores will not arrive on time, email TeachingFellows@missouri.edu with the date the examination was taken and the quantitative and verbal score results.
- The faculty screeners for the graduate MU Teaching Fellowship Program prefer a minimum combined verbal and quantitative score of 293 or above as that combined score is considered “competent”. However, certain emphasis areas such as mathematics do prefer to see a higher score especially in the quantitative area (a quantitative score of 148 is “competent” whereas a score of 153 is “strong”).
*NOTE: Not all emphasis areas require the GRE exam. The following emphasis areas require the GRE for consideration into the MU Teaching Fellowship Program: English Education, Mathematics Education, Science Education, and Special Education.
*Please use the following codes when taking the GRE:
- Institution code for MU Graduate School (“U Missouri Columbia”): 6875
- Department code (Department of Learning, Teaching & Curriculum): 3101 (This code is searchable by “curriculum.”)
6. Online graduate application
- The MU Office of Graduate Studies requires an application for all graduate programs at the university, including the MU Teaching Fellowship Program.
- After submitting the MU Teaching Fellowship Program’s online application, candidates will receive a confirmation email from the program’s office personnel containing a link to apply for graduate admission and specific instructions.
* The MU Office of Graduate Studies requires a non-refundable application-processing fee.
7. Mandatory MU Immunization Policy form
- Non-MU graduates must provide verification of measles/mumps/rubella vaccinations for admittance.
- To provide verification, review the immunization policy using the link below and submit all required documentation to the MU Teaching Fellowship Program. The MU Teaching Fellowship Program will forward all documentation to the MU Student Health Center upon acceptance to the program.
Any paperwork not submitted online should be sent to:
Teaching Fellowship Program
303 Townsend Hall
Columbia, MO 65211-2400