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News, reminders, and tips for Lindenwood University Teacher Education students

Are you planning to student teach in Fall of 2014?  
Mandatory Meeting Dates:
Belleville: Tues. Feb. 18 at 4:00 PM in the Carol Fever Conference Room
St. Charles: Wed. March 5 AB Leadership Room, Spellmann Center at 2:00 PM or 6:00 PM


It is vital to attend this meeting if you are student teaching in the Fall.  The deadline for submitting the student teaching application has passed; you should submit any needed information ASAP.  Click here for a list of frequently asked questions.  Still have a question?  Email Tammy Moore.

Do you still need EDU 21500 or EDU 51500?  You can enroll in the late start section of this course if you have already taken EDU 32100/32200/52100.  Ask your advisor for more details.
Welcome to the New Semester!
Dear Teacher Candidates,
As you probably know, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has made many changes the past year.  Every assessment required for certification has changed.  Please, don't panic!  This newsletter is your source for the latest, most accurate information about teacher certification.  Read carefully and encourage your colleagues to do the same.

We want you to know that Lindenwood University Teacher Education faculty are doing everything possible to support you through this process.  However, this means that we have to change our program quickly to prepare you for these new assessments.  This year will be a time of transition, but these changes are to help you become a highly qualified teacher.

We will be sending out this newsletter monthly to all teacher education students here at Lindenwood.  Please feel free to forward it to a friend who may be thinking of attending our school.  If you know of an event that would be appropriate for the next newsletter, please send an email.

Dr. Beth Kania-Gosche
Assistant Dean of Accreditation and Faculty Development

Dr. Jill Hutcheson, Department Chair for Initial Teacher Education
Dr. Patricia Leitsch, Assistant Dean of Teacher Education
Dr. Cynthia Bice, Dean of the School of Education
New Certification Assessments Begin Fall 2014
The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will introduce two new assessments in Fall of 2014.  The first is the new Pearson content assessment which will replace the Praxis II.  If you plan to graduate prior to December of 2016 (juniors and seniors), you should take the Praxis II as soon as possible.  After June 1, 2014, the Praxis II will be phased out and replaced by the new Pearson assessments which will be available in September of 2014.  Not sure which Praxis II you need? Click here.

All those student teaching beginning in the Fall of 2014 will need to take the Missouri Preservice Teacher Assessment (MoPTA).  Even if you passed CBASE and the Praxis II, you still must take the MoPTA. This assessment will involve the completion of four tasks during student teaching.  Each task requires the collection of artifacts (called evidence) and reflective writing which will be uploaded to an external website and scored by trained graders.  For more information, please review the handbook and rubrics.

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Undergraduates, have you passed all sections of the CBASE?
If not, then you must take the new Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA). This computerized exam must be taken at a testing center off campus.  To register or view preparation materials, click here.

Lindenwood MoGEA Cut Scores:
English 186
Math 183
Science 183
Social Studies 183
Writing 167

You must pass all sections of the MoGEA/CBASE to be admitted to Teacher Education.
Student Research Symposium & Exposition
Want to show off a great project you've completed?  A unit plan, a lesson plan, reflections/work samples from tutoring a student, a research paper, a class presentation, any of these would work!  You could win a cash prize! The deadline is March 17; graduates and undergraduates are welcome to apply. See the website for more details.
Make plans to attend the event Wednesday April 23 in the Spellmann Center.

Attend the Sibley Day session about teacher certification changes! Feb. 19 from 11-12 in Roemer 209

Follow @LindenwoodSoE on Twitter for events, updates, and pics.

Need a brief overview of DESE's new certification requirements? Download the brochure.

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Do you know about the Missouri Educator Profile (MEP)?  It's required for the student teaching application.  If you've already taken EDU 21500/51500, you need to take the MEP.  Ask your advisor for details or click here to sign up.

Masters of Teaching Students Wanted!

Do  you know someone who already has an undergraduate degree who wants to become a teacher?   Lindenwood University’s Cluster (CMAT) program is only one night a week.  We are looking for students with a 2.75-3.0 undergraduate GPA, great attendance, and strong writing skills to apply for the program.  Inquiries can be sent to, addressed to Dr. Vanessa Coe.  She will send an application and additional information on the program.

Graduating soon?  Know someone looking for a Masters in Education?

Remember that Lindenwood also offers Masters of Education degrees in many different areas, including  

Educational Technology*,
Library Media,
Special Education,
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL),
Early Interventions in Autism & Sensory Impairments,
Character Education,
Reading Specialist,
K-5 Mathematics Specialist,
Professional & School Counseling,
Higher Education, and
School Administration.
*online degree programs
Most programs offer some online course options.

Kappa Delta Pi Honor Society Activities

7:00 PM Feb. 19 
(Sibley Day) in the Young Hall Theater to watch the movie Bully with a discussion afterward

March 3-27: Bring children's books to Dr. Thouvenot's office in Roemer 221 between the hours of 9 and 4, Monday through Thursday. Books will be distributed to the teachers of Blackhurst and Null Elementary Schools in St. Charles.

7:00 PM March 27 AB Leadership Room: First Year Teaching Panel

Anyone is welcome to attend these events, even if you are not a member!  For more information, please contact Dr. Frank Thouvenot.

Having problems with your Foliotek account? Need a Foliotek account? Email Tammy Moore, Certification Officer, for help!
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