Students in the College of Education asked questions. Faculty and staff were happy to provide answers. More information regarding the fall 2020 semester can be found in the Missouri State University Guide to Returning to Campus.
What is the university and College of Education’s plan for the fall semester?
We will offer traditional classes with social distancing in place, along with distance learning opportunities via Zoom, Blackboard and blended modalities.
How will I complete my practicum this fall if there are still restrictions?
We have contingency plans for any scenario that might occur to ensure every student meets program and certification competencies.
Should I complete the requirements to participate in a practicum?
Yes. As long as you feel comfortable visiting the sites available to you, please complete all requirements to participate in a practicum or student teaching. Continue to watch your email for instructions from John Reinert regarding compliance for practicum and student teaching.
When will the testing centers open? What are the differences between the testing centers at Missouri State and Pearson Professional Center?
As of May 15, 2020, the Missouri-based Pearson VUE owned testing centers for the MEGA assessments are open where local guidance permits. MSU’s testing center is NOT a Person VUE-owned testing center. However, it is also open. You can view site availability on the MEGA website.
Some of my fall classes have switched from a seated to an online format since I registered for them. Will a lot of courses be online in the fall?
No. In fact, as stated at the May 20 virtual town hall meeting, about 2/3 of courses at MSU are seated for fall 2020. Before the beginning of the semester, check your Detail Schedule under the Registration tab of Blackboard to reaffirm your classes’ formats and locations.
If students choose to take a class on a pass/not pass basis, how will this affect their future?
The pass/not pass policy was altered for spring 2020 due to COVID-19. Every spring 2020 student has an advising note explaining the spring 2020 pass/not pass policy. Students can contact their advisor or the registrar’s office for clarification.