Alternative Clinical Practice Information for Missouri Students

Alternative Clinical Practice Information for Missouri Students

Effective July 2017

 

As an approved Education Preparation Provider in Missouri, the Missouri Standards for Preparation of Educators (MoSPE) requires WGU to permit alternative clinical practice for candidates in lieu of conventional student teaching in accordance with Mo. Rev. Stat. 168.400 (2005) and Mo. Code Regs. 5 CSR 20-400.330.

 
Eligibility Requirements for the Missouri Alternative Clinical Practice Policy

 

This policy applies to WGU teacher education students seeking initial certification in Missouri who have been employed in public or accredited nonpublic schools for at least two (2) years as a teacher assistant and concurrently enrolled in a WGU education program in the same content area and grade range for which the student is seeking certification. WGU will accept such experiences in lieu of the conventional student teaching requirement if the specific student situation meets the following conditions:

  • The WGU student serving as a teacher assistant will provide proof of employment to document their work assignment as a teacher assistant in the school.
  • The WGU student serving as a teacher assistant shall conduct teaching activities and demonstrate competencies comparable to those required of other WGU education students during a regularly scheduled demonstration teaching cohort. While the WGU student serving as a teacher assistant is able to demonstrate expected competencies while remaining in their current position, it is necessary that they demonstrate these competencies during a regularly scheduled cohort (12 weeks for all programs except BASP that requires 16 weeks*) that supports their participation in the required cohort seminar and completion of the TWS. 

*For Bachelor of Arts Special Education (BASP) students, since the program prepares candidates for dual licensure in K12, it is necessary to have an additional four weeks of experience with an elementary or secondary classroom that is different from the current teacher assistant assignment. 

  • All fees related to demonstration teaching and required exams for certification in Missouri are the responsibility of the WGU student.
  • The host teacher with whom the teacher assistant serves must meet the qualifications for serving as a host teacher that include having a master’s degree (preferred), 3 years of teaching experience, and are certified in the content area and grade level they are teaching. The WGU Teacher Success team will provide training to host teacher with whom the teacher assistant serves as well as ensure the host teacher completes any training required by DESE.
  • The clinical supervisor who observes the WGU student serving as the teacher assistant will be provided training by the WGU Teacher Success team and is required to complete Missouri specific training to observe and evaluate the assistant's teaching practice using the Missouri Educator Evaluation System (MEES).
  • The WGU student serving as a teacher assistant works with the permission and under the authority of the principal of the school or a designee. 
  • The WGU student serving as a teacher assistant is completing a program that leads to direct licensure in Missouri. For more information, see the Teacher Licensure Handbook.

 

Note: Missouri requires that all teacher preparation programs use the state-approved Missouri Educator Evaluation System (MEES) forms. The host teacher and clinical supervisor will utilize the forms sent electronically from Teacher Success to provide documentation that the candidate conducted teaching activities comparable to those required for other preservice education students in a conventional student teaching placement and demonstrate similar competencies.

 

 

 

Application Process


You may access the application at this link: MO Alternative Clinical Practice Application.

 

The WGU Field Placement office will review the ACP Application to determine if the WGU student serving as a teacher assistant work assignment aligns with the same content area and grade range for which the WGU student is seeking certification. The WGU student must provide proof of employment to verify they served as a teacher assistant during the two-year period they are also a student at WGU.

 

Once the ACP Application is approved, the WGU Field Placement office will counsel the student to work with their program mentor to determine an appropriate demonstration teaching cohort in order to be observed by the host teacher to demonstrate that the teacher assistant conducted teaching activities comparable to those required for other preservice education students in conventional student teaching placement and demonstrate similar competencies. 

 

You must report any changes to your job location or responsibilities immediately to WGU Field Placement as changes may affect your approval to complete ACP. The WGU Teacher Success team will coordinate and track the host teacher and clinical supervisor training, collect the required observation and evaluation forms, and post passes to the corresponding demonstration teaching assessments at the conclusion of the ACP.

 

For questions related to this application, please contact: 

WGU Teacher Success 
teachersuccess@wgu.edu
866-889-0132, option 4