The MU Teaching Fellowship Program is a graduate level program open to individuals who will be entering their first full year of teaching and rising second year teachers. Individuals who have held partial-year contracts in public schools, have served as long-term substitutes, have worked as a paraprofessional, or who have taught in a private setting are eligible for the program.

Prospective Teaching Fellows are encouraged to review the information housed under the Teaching Fellows tab. Details on course sequencing, class schedules, orientation, 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 or call 573-882-3742.

Admission Requirements

  • 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

The 2018-2019 cohort application requirements and timeline will be updated on our website after the faculty complete their annual review of the process after the fall MU semester begins.


Application Components

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 Thursday, June 8, 2017.

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).
  • Due to high interest and limited Fellowship placements, 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 Thursday, June 8, 2017.
  • Use the following link to view the instructions for the MU Teaching Fellowship Program application: Online Program Application Instructions

2. Three letters of recommendation

  • At least one recommendation letter must be submitted from each of the following categories:
    • The district assigned mentor or partner/cooperating teacher. The letter should include information about:
      • The relationship to the applicant and information about the applicant’s dedication initiative, application knowledge, professionalism and classroom management.
    • 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. The letter should include information about:
      • The applicant’s academic background including work ethic, participation and skills in peer collaboration, communication and time management, and whether the candidate met or exceeded course expectations.
    • The building principal from your current teaching site. The letter should include information about:
      • The relationship to the applicant and information about the applicant’s dedication initiative, application of knowledge, professionalism and classroom management.
  • Recommendation letters should be submitted online using the link below. Letters delivered or mailed by applicants will not be accepted. If the author is more comfortable submitting a hard copy of the letter, it should include the ranking (mentioned below) and be mailed or faxed to the MU Teaching Fellowship Program office.
  • All persons writing letters of recommendation are asked to rank the candidate’s potential success in this rigorous graduate program. Persons submitting recommendations online should select the appropriate ranking button. Persons submitting hard copy letters of recommendation should indicate within the letter if the candidate would rank in the upper 10 percent, upper 25 percent, upper 50 percent or lower 50 percent of the candidate pool.
    • Hard copy submissions must also include author’s name, title/position, institution, mailing address, city, state, ZIP code, phone number, email, and candidate’s full name.
  • All recommendation letters must be submitted no later than Wednesday, June 7, 2017.
  • 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.

Applicants should complete, sign, and submit a copy of Release for Letter of Recommendation form to the MU Teaching Fellowship Program office as well as each person you request to write a recommendation letter. Form should be emailed as an attachment to TeachingFellows@missouri.edu.

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
TeachingFellows@missouri.edu

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 must have their GRE scores on file with the University of Missouri’s Graduate Admissions Office to determine eligibility for the interviewing stage.
  • To meet the application deadline, the GRE must be taken no later than May 19.
    • 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 elementary and 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”).

*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
TeachingFellows@missouri.edu