2441 Director, Certification, Educational Field Experiences, and Data Management


TITLE Director, Certification, Educational Field Experiences, and Data Management




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Associate Dean, College of Education

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Dean, College of Education


The Director, Certification, Educational Field Experiences, and Data Management oversees the operation of the Educational Field Experiences office, coordinates and monitors teacher certification, and assists with College of Education (COE) and Educator Preparation Provider Unit (EPPU) assessment. The Director, Certification, Educational Field Experiences, and Data Management serves as the liaison with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), P-12 area school districts, and Missouri State University on regulations and requirements pertaining to the placement of student teacher candidates, the certification of teachers, and assessment reports. The Director, Certification, Educational Field Experiences, and Data Management oversees on-campus tracking systems and procedures pertaining to student teaching, certification, and assessment and communicates changes to student teaching and certification requirements and assessment reports associated with those changes to all stakeholders. The Director, Certification, Educational Field Experiences, and Data Management collaborates with post-baccalaureate and masters-level teacher certification programs and consults with University departments, units, and committees regarding matters pertaining to the student teaching, the certification process, and assessment reports pertaining to student teaching and certification.


Education: A Master’s degree in Education or Higher Education Administration is required.

Experience: At least five years of related experience in a college or university or a minimum of five years of experience as a teacher or administrator in a K-12 school setting is required.

Skills: Strong verbal and written communication skills and familiarity with complex administrative systems are required. The ability and willingness to learn certification processes, student teaching requirements, and related assessment reports, especially in Missouri are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required. Knowledge of the operation of University support units and academic departments is preferred. Knowledge of University policies and procedures is preferred. Knowledge of teacher certification requirements in Missouri is preferred.


1. Assures that candidates for COE undergraduate degrees have had the opportunity to observe and teach in diverse environments.

2. Oversees the student practicum and student teaching application and placement processes, updates to the Student Teaching Handbook, the University Supervisor-Student Teacher assignment process, and the cooperating teacher assignment process.

3. Oversees the processes performed by Educational Field Experiences staff regarding communication to practicum and/or student teacher candidates regarding the submission of background check results, professional liability insurance, and TB skin test results, and the recording of those submissions.

4. Collects, manages, and analyzes data to demonstrate compliance with policies and requirements of the University, individual education programs, DESE, and accreditation bodies.

5. Monitors the DESE work log of applicants, communicates additions and deletions to DESE, and performs system administration responsibilities.

6. Collaborates with programs to maintain the DESE certification matrix.

7. Completes certification documents, communicates certification information to all student teacher candidates, and identifies students needing MoCA scores.

8. Provides certification information to programs and responds to information requests regarding initial certification.

9. Assists in the completion of annual accreditation reports as requested by the Assessment Office.

10. Facilitates a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

11. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses required by the Associate Dean.

12. Contributes to the success of the College of Education by performing all other duties as assigned.


The Director, Certification, Educational Field Experiences, and Data Management and is supervised by the Associate Dean-College of Education and supervises full- and part-time professional staff, clerical staff, graduate assistants, and student employees.




Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 5 - 3300 Points: Knowledge of the principles and methods of an administrative, managerial, or professional field such as accounting or auditing, financial management, information technology, business administration, human resources, engineering, law, social sciences, communications, education, or medicine. Knowledge permits employee to supervise projects and/or departments using standard methods to improve administrative and/or line operations. Knowledge also permits employee to plan steps and carry out multi-phase projects requiring problem definition and modified techniques, to coordinate work with others, and to modify methods and procedures to solve a wide variety of problems. Knowledge at this level requires a Bachelor's or Master's degree with substantial related work experience, including up to two years of administrative or supervisory experience. Alternatively, this level may require a professional or clinical degree beyond the Bachelor's degree with moderate related work experience; knowledge requirements include significant levels of related work experience.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 4 - 470 Points: Supervision of (a) a moderate number of operative, administrative support, or paraprofessional employees who do not exercise a full range of supervisory responsibilities over other full-time employees, (b) a small number of professional employees who exercise limited supervision of others, or (c) large numbers of student workers or graduate assistants, or some equivalent combination of the above. The incumbent performs a full range of supervisory responsibilities including performance reviews of subordinates. The incumbent is responsible for training, planning, and directing the work of permanent employees, and generally controls hiring decisions. Supervisory responsibilities consume moderate amounts of work time and may include general work planning tasks.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 4 - 500 Points: Interactions with others are somewhat unstructured. The purpose may be to influence or motivate others, to obtain information, or to control situations and resolve problems. Interactions may be with individuals or groups of co-workers, students, or the general public, may be moderately unstructured, and may involve persons who hold differing goals and objectives. Individuals at this level often act as a liaison between groups with a focus on solving particular unstructured problems. Interactions at this level require considerable interpersonal skill and the ability to resolve conflict.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 3 - 500 Points: The employee operates under general supervision expressed in terms of program goals and objectives, priorities, and deadlines. Administrative supervision is given through statements of overall program or project objectives and available resources. Administrative guidelines are relatively comprehensive and the employee need only to fill in gaps in interpretation and adapt established methods to perform recurring activities. In unforeseen situations, the employee must interpret inadequate or incomplete guidelines, develop plans, and initiate new methods to complete assignments based on those interpretations. Assignments are normally related in function, but the work requires many different processes and methods applied to an established administrative or professional field. Problems are typically the result of unusual circumstances, variations in approach, or incomplete or conflicting data. The employee must interpret and refine methods to complete assignments. Characteristic jobs at this level may involve directing single-purpose programs or performing complex, but precedented, technical or professional work.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 4 - 1500 Points: Work involves the primary accountability for a smaller department, program, or process. Work activities involve managerial decisions that directly affect the efficiency, costs, reputation, and service quality of the department, program, or process. Work affects a limited range of professional projects or administrative activities of the University. Work activities have a direct and substantial impact on the department. While work activities do have some effect on the efficiency and reputation of the cost center, departments, programs, or processes at this level represent a relatively minor function within the cost center. Employees in jobs at this level may have responsibility for developing budgets, distributing budgeted funds, and exercising the primary control over a relatively small budget.