The EPP functions as the body around which all changes to more than 40 undergraduate and graduate professional education programs across campus (courses, policies and procedures, certification, assessment, administrative decisions) are disseminated, discussed, and eventually governed. The Unit is also required to document compliance with all state and DESE mandates regarding professional education programs at Missouri State for accreditation purposes.
Definition of Educator Preparation Provider Members at Missouri State
The Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) at Missouri State University is made up of all faculty members throughout the University who teach, advise or supervise students at both the initial and advanced levels of professional education. The Educator Preparation Provider also includes academic administrators and professional staff who provide services for professional education programs and their students. According to the Constitution and Bylaws of the Faculty, faculty/staff who:
- teach one or more EPP courses (see current list of EPP courses),
- advise professional education students,
- supervise professional education student activities (e.g. field experiences), or
- administer professional education departments/schools or colleges,
must be members of the EPP. The Educator Preparation Provider Council (EPPC) is the representative body to the Faculty Senate that defines professional education policies and procedures that ensure quality professional education programs at this institution. An EPPC member who represents the faculty must be a member of the EPP.
Applying for EPP Membership
The state expects professional education personnel (defined above as belonging to the Educator Preparation Provider) to be knowledgeable about current issues relevant to schools. They require (Missouri Statute 168.400.3, RSMO) professional education personnel to have "periodic, direct personal involvement in the public schools." Therefore, to become a member of the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP), professional education faculty, staff, and administrators need to complete and submit an application.
When the application has been received by the EPP office, the EPP Membership and Professional Development Committee will review the application and either ask for additional information or make its recommendation for a vote at the next available EPPC meeting.