Beginning Teachers Assistance Program

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When:Saturday, June 16th, 8:30am – 3:30pm
Where: ED Collabitat (Ward E Barnes Building), UMSL South Campus

Education research indicates that professional development programs effectively enhance teachers' practice and professional skills throughout their careers. As well, teachers value and seek the intensive supports that are found in group learning circles and study groups.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) requires that new teachers in their first through fourth years are required to attend at least one non-district sponsored professional development session to advance to the level of their Career Teaching Certificate. In response to the requirement and to support novice educators, the University of Missouri - Saint Louis (UMSL) College of Education has been providing a Beginning Teachers Assistance Program (BTAP) since 2005. Over the years, more than 800+ new teachers (in their first through fourth years of teaching) have attended the annual conferences at UMSL.

Teachers who attend will:

  • Develop professional relationships with university faculty to share best practices based on research
  • Reflect on teaching practice
  • Cultivate an attitude of continuous improvement through reflection and discussion 
  • Meet in a supportive environment where both professional and personal issues can be addressed
  • Session options for both elementary and middle/high school will be offered

First through fourth year K–12 teachers are invited to participate in Beginning Teacher Assistance Program (BTAP) for the academic year. Participants can be graduates of any college of education.

Attendance at the one-day program satisfies the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Beginning Teachers Assistance Program requirement for participation in a university/college-sponsored mentoring program. The program is required for advancement in state certification. Certificates of attendance will be provided at the conclusion of the day.

The BTAP conferences are open to all novice teachers in Missouri and specifically designed to achieve these goals:

  • Support and enhance the teaching experience during first years of newly certified teachers
  • Encourage new teachers to remain in the field beyond the induction years
  • Establish a habit of using best classroom teaching practices at the beginning of participants' careers
  • Provide required non-school based professional development for beginning teachers that exceeds state and national requirements for teacher induction programs

The program content is designed in direct response to participants' feedback incorporates research-based practices for improving classroom instruction. Teachers will earn a Professional Development Certification to submit to DESE by attending a Saturday conference. The main topics for these conferences will include:

  • Classroom Culture
  • Professional Communication
  • Trauma Informed Instruction
  • Inclusive Practices
  • Professional Rights and Responsibilities


Program Coordinator:

Chanua Ross

100 Ward E Barnes Building
p: (314) 516-5220

DESE Continuing Education Units (CEU)
DESE requires all teachers to satisfy annual professional development requirements until exempt. This program will contribute to that requirement. One Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is defined as 10 hours of classroom instruction. All attendees will receive a Certificate of Attendance with CEUs after the Institute.

This conference is limited to 150 participants; register soon to reserve your seat.

Cancellation Policy:
The University reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event of cancellation, you will be notified immediately, and all program fees will be refunded or applied to a future program at your request. If you must cancel a registration, you are entitled to full refund only if you cancel 48 hours prior to the first class meeting.

Tentative Schedule

08:00-08:30 AM Check In
08:30-08:45 AM Welcome
08:45-09:45 AM Keynote
10:00-12:00 PM Morning breakout sessions
Related topics include: classroom environment, student engagement, and motivation
12:00-12:30 PM Lunch
12:30-02:30 PM Afternoon breakout sessions
Related topics include: professional communication, professional responsibilities, and educational law
02:30-03:00 PM Summary, Recap and Conclusions