Resources for Mentor Teachers

As a mentor teacher, you serve a critical role in the development of future teachers who want to make a positive impact on the lives of their students. Truman State University’s Master of Arts in Education (MAE) interns have completed graduate-level education courses which are designed to provide  a well-developed understanding of content, pedagogy, learners, and learning environments.  Thank you for welcoming these students into your classroom.

The MAE Internship Handbook includes helpful information for mentor teachers.

Go to MAE Handbook PDF

 

View a chart that includes information such as Hours Required, Threshold Expectations, Impact on P-12 Learning, and more.
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Interns are expected to start their internship on the first day of the new semester according to your district’s calendar.  This time also includes any in-service or required teacher meeting days. The internship ends at the culmination of your district’s semester.
Your intern’s university supervisor will be the primary liaison this semester and help facilitate a successful internship. Mentor teachers should always feel welcome to contact the intern’s supervisor.

The following items will be sent to you electronically and need to be returned to the Field Experience Office via email or the USPS.

  • Contract for the mentor stipend
  • W-9 tax form
  • Mentor teacher data sheet
All mentor teachers need to complete a summative evaluation of their intern prior to the end of the semester using Missouri’s Educator Evaluation System (MEES) forms. Mentors may access this evaluation here:  dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/MEESOptionalTool2020-2021FINAL_0.pdf.

The scoring guide to use with these forms is available here:  dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/MEESTeacherCandidateAssessmentRubricUpdated2019FINAL.pdf.

For additional clarification from DESE about using the rubric when scoring the MEES, check here: dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/MEESTeacherCandidateRubricScoringProtocol2019-2020FINAL.pdf

Completed evaluations should be submitted to Truman’s Field Experience Office via the University supervisor or by email to jharding@truman.edu.

The required MEES online training that explains more about this process is currently being updated.  The training link will be posted here as soon as it is released by DESE.

The internship is a pass/fail course.  Your input to the University supervisor throughout the semester will impact the decision for whether the intern passes or fails but it will not be the only measure taken into consideration.  We appreciate and welcome your feedback on the intern and look forward to working together to ensure a successful semester for all.
All Truman MAE students have completed undergraduate degrees and have already obtained substitute teaching certificates.  According to our state-approved program, the intern may substitute for the mentor teacher in the classroom to which they are assigned for regular substitute pay with the district’s approval.

Have Questions?

See Truman’s Department of Education Faculty and Staff Directory or contact:

Jeanne Harding, Director
Institute for Academic Outreach
Graduate Studies
Field Experiences

McClain 303F
100 E. Normal Ave.
Kirksville, Mo. 63501
(660) 785-4301
jharding@truman.edu