Are you planning on a career in education and wondering if you’ll need to take a MEGA exam? Confused about which MEGA test you’ll need to take, or if you’ll need to take more than one test? You’re in the right place.
This article will cover what the exams are, who has to take the exams, and what tests you will have to take.
For more information about the specific exams, visit our MEGA information page and check out our MEGA study guides.
What is the MEGA?
MEGA stands for Missouri Educator Gateway Assessments. The MEGA exams are a set of various tests made for people who are planning on a career in education. The exams include the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA), the Missouri Educator Profile (MEP), the Paraprofessional Test, and the Missouri Content Assessments.
Who has to take the MEGA?
If you’re preparing for a career in education as a paraprofessional, teacher, school administrator, or superintendent, chances are you’ll need to take at least one MEGA exam. You won’t need to take all of the MEGA exams, just the ones that apply to you. Let’s take a look at which specific exams you’ll need to take.
What MEGA test do I have to take?
The MEGA test(s) you’ll need to take will depend on what type of education career you’re preparing for and where you are at in the process. Let’s take a look at some different scenarios that might apply to you and see what test(s) you’ll need to take.
Planning to Start a Missouri Educator Preparation Program?
If you’re applying to a Missouri educator preparation program, you’ll first need to pass the Missouri General Education Assessment (MoGEA). The MoGEA includes four subtests: Reading Comprehension and Interpretation, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies, and Writing. The Science and Social Studies subtest (069) is no longer a testing requirement for program admission, so you only need to take and pass the other three subtests. You can register to take each subtest at separate times, or you can take all four at the same time. If you take them all together, you may skip the Science and Social Studies subtest by going to the first question, then clicking on “Test Review” in the bottom right corner of the screen. Then go to the last question and click “Next” to end the subtest. .
You’ll also want to take the Missouri Educator Profile or MEP. This is not an exam but a survey to help identify your strengths and weaknesses. The MEP can help you plan for your own professional development when you start your educator preparation program. The MEP is optional, but many educator preparation programs may ask you to take it.
Planning on a Career as a Paraprofessional?
If you’re looking for a paraprofessional position in education, you may need to take the MEGA Paraprofessional test. However, not all paraprofessionals need to take the exam. The MEGA paraprofessional test is for people who have fewer than 60 college credit hours and plan to work as paraprofessionals in special education or Title 1 schools. If you’re applying for a paraprofessional position, check with the employer to see if you need to take this exam.
Trying to Become a Certified Missouri Educator?
If you are seeking certification as a Missouri educator, you’ll need to take the necessary Missouri Content Assessment. This description includes counselors, administrators, and superintendents. Depending on the certification you are trying to get, you may need to take more than one exam. Elementary Education: Science and Middle School Education: Language Arts are two examples of MEGA content assessments. Check here to find the specific Content Assessment you’ll need to take for your certification.
Do you need step-by-step instructions on how to register for a MEGA exam? Check out this article.