If you have any questions about your exam or this process, reach out to a TEACH Kansas City coach or teacher preparation program staff for support. We’re here for you!
You are eligible for MoGEA if you are applying to a teacher preparation program in the state of Missouri. You will need to pass the MoGEA or receive a passing score on the ACT before you are admitted. Each teacher preparation program sets the passing standard.
You are eligible for MoCA if you have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, are getting ready for student teaching, or are scheduled to receive a degree before being placed in a classroom. You must pass the MoCA before receiving a teacher certification in the state of Missouri.
There are general things you can do to prepare for all of your tests. There are also more specific study guides available based on the test or test subject areas. We cover them both.
Remember: You’re taking these tests for a reason. You want to become a teacher in a specific subject, and this is your chance to prove it. Take the time necessary to truly understand the information. You’ll thank yourself for it (and your students will thank you, too).
We recommend a two-pronged approach to structuring your study time:
Not all tests are offered on a continuous basis. Some, including the World Languages test, are offered only in specific administration windows. Find test dates for MoCA and MoGEA here.
There are a number of options available from test-makers directly, and some third-party services have come up with options, too.
These resources are endorsed by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
The ACT offers a suite of test prep guides and online practice opportunities, both free and paid, including:
There are a number of free and paid options for getting prepped for your exams.
Although they may not be identical to the MoCA, it may be helpful to review materials for the Praxis exams in your subject area. Many states use Praxis exams for teacher certification and they offer free test prep!
Register for the right exam, know what to expect on test day, and report your scores on time.
Once you know which exam you’re taking, head over to the online registration system for DESE. There, you will:
You’ve settled on a content area, verified which test is required for your program application, studied hard, and now you’re ready to take the exam.
Make sure you:
See Pearson's On the Day of the Test page for the nitty-gritty.
Find out how you did—and make sure your program does, too!