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Student Teaching Application Process

Student Teaching – Application Process

All student teaching applications are submitted electronically via the Foliotek system. To access or register for a Foliotek account through the Teacher Education Blackboard Community click on the following link and follow the prompts

Students must upload ALL components (listed below) to the Foliotek system.

The deadlines for submitting all student teacher applications are as follows:

Aug 31 for Spring Semester*

Jan 31 for Fall Semester*

*Student teaching applications submitted on or before the deadline will be guaranteed a student teaching placement. There is no guarantee provided for application received after the deadline.

With the implementation of MoPTA, fall 2015 semester student teachers must be in place prior to the start of the district’s first day of school. Spring semester student teachers must be in place prior to the start of the district’s first day of second semester. Late placements are no longer accepted.

Student Teaching Application Components:

1. Student Teaching Candidate Information Template (in Foliotek) - Complete the fields using upper and lower case

2. Student Teaching Application (click link below to for template and sample)

Student Teaching Application 
Sample Application

3. Philosophy of Education - Write a personal statement reflecting your views on teaching and learning, your influences and inspirations, your strengths and attributes, and your plans to further your education. Keep this statement-1-2 pages in length.

4. Signed Advising/Program Planning Sheet - Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor for verification of eligibility to student teach. Your education advisor will be checking for completion of coursework prior to student teaching as well as ensuring that you have successfully passed all education courses with a grade no lower than a "C" and that you have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above and a GPA of 3.0 in content courses.

5. Application for Degree Signed by Advisor – This document is required if you plan to graduate upon the conclusion of student teaching. This item is optional for MAT students. If you do not plan on graduating after student teaching, please include a note stating that a degree is not being pursued after student teaching at this time.

6. MoGEA (Undergrads Only) - Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA)

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

7. Passing MO Content Assessment - Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) or Praxis II Score Report

MoCa Passing Scores - 220

8. Negative TB Test Results - The TB test is valid for one year. Students may turn in the TB test when the application is due and the placement office will send the date from the TB test to the school district of their choice. It will be at the discretion of the school district to determine whether or not they want the student teacher to get another TB test conducted prior to student teaching.

Students who pay a health fee through tuition may be eligible to receive free TB testing at Lindenwood’s Student Health Center. Call to determine eligibility: (636) 949-4804.

9. Signed Letters of Recommendation (2) - May range from academic, employment, and/or character references. Please include-at least one recommendation from someone who has observed you in a school setting or leadership role.

10. Family Care Safety Background Clearance – Dated no earlier than one year prior to student teaching. Student receives results.

New applicants must pay a $12 processing fee.

If you are already on file with FCSR, simply call the number indicated on the website to request that an updated report be sent to the home address of the applicant.

11. Travel Waiver - Sign and date the Travel Waiver which states that Lindenwood University will not be held responsible for activities that require the student teacher to travel off campus.

12. MEP - Missouri Educator Profile Results - Take the MEP assessment. Students can only use Internet Explorer to access the website and will need a credit card that does not require a PIN number. The cost is $22.00 to take the assessment. It will take 45 minutes to an hour to complete and you will receive results immediately after completion in PDF format. Save the PDF file of your results to your Foliotek account. A scheduled meeting will need to occur with your Education advisor prior to submission of the student teaching application to review and discuss your progress.

13. Substitute Certificate – Missouri Highway Patrol Fingerprint - Before sending fingerprints to DESE, the student will need to create an educator profile in DESE and apply for the substitute certificate.

Students must schedule an appointment to get fingerprints taken through the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Please refer to this link for fingerprint

Follow the directions for fingerprints to be sent directly to DESE for the substitute certification. The code students will use is 2301. The cost of the fingerprint background check is $44.80. Prints are valid for one year and may need to be updated and re-sent to DESE in order to receive the initial professional certification (initial teacher certification) at the end of student teaching.

Students will apply for the substitute certification through DESE’s website. The certificate can be printed off from the user’s profile page under “certificate status.” Typical turn-around time for issuance of the certificate is one to two days upon receipt of fingerprints, official transcripts and submitting the application online. There is a processing fee of $50 for the substitute applications.

In order to obtain the substitute certificate, the teacher candidate is responsible for (in order):

a. Applying online for the substitute certification (through DESE’s website)
b. Sending an official transcript verifying 60 college credits
c. Sending fingerprints (see item number 10 for directions) directly to DESE by using code 2301.

Once the certificate has been issued, print the certificate under “Certificate Status” in the educator profile on DESE’s website.

14. Professional Liability Insurance

Professional Liability Insurance is provided through student memberships in the following organizations (listed in alphabetical order): Missouri State Teachers Association (MSTA) and the National Education Association (NEA)

Lindenwood University does not promote membership in either organization

To Submit Your Completed Student Teaching Application, students must upload all components to Foliotek.

There will be a mandatory student teaching informational meeting the semester prior to student teaching.

The mandatory informational meeting is typically scheduled in April for fall student teaching and November for spring student teaching. The date will be announced to student teaching applicants via e-mail.

The weekly accompanying Student Teaching Seminar classes are scheduled to begin on the main campus the first week of January for spring student teaching or the second week of August for fall student teaching, which is before Lindenwood’s semester typically begins.

Attendance of each seminar class is essential and mandatory.

Access to a free scanner can be found in Butler Library and the computer labs in the Spellmann Center. For specific questions regarding the student teaching application and placement process, please visit our FAQ page or email

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