About the Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment (MoPTA)
The MoPTA is required for certification by the state of Missouri for candidates seeking teaching certification and is aligned with Missouri's Teacher Standards and Quality Indicators. Taken during your clinical experience, MoPTA assesses your instructional capability prior to receiving a license.
It is designed to:
- develop more effective teachers in the classroom
- identify your strengths and areas for improvement of practice
- contribute to your development plan for professional growth
Please note: There are two versions of the MoPTA:
- Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment with Video (MoPTA-V) — for student teachers who are allowed to record videos of their student teaching classrooms
- Missouri Pre-Service Teacher Assessment Non-Video (MoPTA-NV) — for student teachers who are not permitted to record videos
Check with your educator preparation program to determine which assessment you are required to take.
Unless otherwise specified, all information on this site applies to both MoPTA-V and MoPTA-NV.
The assessment contains four tasks requiring written commentary and submission of required documentation, called artifacts. Task 1 is formative in nature. Tasks 2, 3 and 4 are summative. If you are taking MoPTA-V, a video of the student teaching experience is required as one of the components for Task 4.
Complete tasks by entering a written response and uploading artifacts via an online submission system, you will:
- enter a written response to each task
- link the required documents and artifacts to the written response
- upload the required video (MoPTA-V only)
- edit, save, delete and change responses up until submission
Tasks must be submitted on or before each task submission deadline.
Find information about the registration process, including submission dates, deadlines and fees. See Registering for the MoPTA.
Find out how to request accommodations for a disability or health-related need. See Disability Accommodations.
Prepare for the Assessment
There are a number of free downloadable materials to help you get ready. See Prepare for the Assessment.
Building and Submitting Your Tasks
Find information on task requirements and rubrics, guidelines for writing and collection of artifacts, and forms and materials to use when submitting tasks. See Building and Submitting your Tasks.
Official score reports are available via your online account approximately four weeks after the task submission deadline. See Scores.