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.

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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 and will visit your classroom on a regular basis to make formal observations of the intern. During the first visit, they will deliver a purple folder with important information to help you throughout the semester. Their contact information will be included in the folder.
The purple folder you receive from the University supervisor will include the following items which will need to be returned to the Field Experience Office in the postage-paid envelope also included in the folder:

  • Contract for the stipend you will receive for serving as a mentor to our intern
  • 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 or there is a paper copy in your purple folder you receive from the University supervisor if you would rather complete it by hand.

The scoring guide to use with these forms is available here:

In either case, the completed evaluation needs to be submitted to Truman’s Field Experience Office via the University supervisor or by email to

The MEES statewide online training that explains more about this process is available for mentor teachers here:

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 he/she is assigned for regular substitute pay with the district’s approval.

Have Questions?

See our points of contact for Truman’s Department of Education or contact:

Jeanne Harding, Director of Field Experiences
Department of Education
Truman State University
Violette Hall 2366
Kirksville, Mo. 63501
(660) 785-4399