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    Thank you for choosing Nixa Public Schools for your student teaching or internship experience!  We are excited to have you as part of our team over the coming weeks.

    Student Teacher/Internship Process

    (Elementary, Secondary, SPED, Counseling, OT/PT/SLP)



    Step 1:

    *If you hold a current Missouri Teaching or Substitute Teaching Certificate, skip to step 2.



    You must first apply online with DESE (Department of Elementary and Secondary Education) for a substitute certificate (requires original transcripts to be mailed to DESE Educator Certification - applicant is responsible for the $50 certificate fee)


    CLICK HERE to be directed to the DESE website.



    Step 2:

    MACHS Background Check


    You must have a MACHS background check done prior to beginning your student teaching with Nixa Public Schools as the requesting agency.

    BG Clearance Screen Shot

    You must save proof of clearance page, found at the bottom of your DESE profile page, to submit to the Education Office.

    To schedule an FBI fingerprint background clearance:   


    Please use code: 0428 if identifying Nixa Public Schools

    as the requesting agency.


    CLICK HERE for the background check procedures. No other clearances are acceptable per DESE. The applicant is responsible for the fingerprint fee.


    Step 3:

    Send email to Kristen Joy with subject line "Student Teacher Documentation" and include the following information:

    -Copy of current Missouri Substitute Certificate

    -Copy of Background Clearance page with your university or Nixa Public Schools listed as the requesting agency


    Step 4:

    Attend Co-Teaching Training with your cooperating teacher.  Pictures for Student Teacher/Intern IDs will be taken and district technology credentials will be given during this training.



    *If you are a yearlong intern, please complete the NPS substitute application as well.*



    *STEPS #1-3 must be completed PRIOR to beginning your assignment with our district.  No exceptions!*

    FALL DEADLINE: August 1, 2021

    SPRING DEADLINE: December 



    Required Co-Teaching Training Dates for

    Elementary & Secondary Student Teachers & Interns

    (excluding OT/PT/SLP):  

    Fall: August 9th 9-12 at Community Room Faught Administration Building

    Spring: December TBD 


    Questions Regarding University Placement Assignments?


    Elementary (PreK-6) & SpEd/OT/PT/SLP (PreK-6): brookegantt@nixaschools.net

    Secondary (7-12) & SpEd/OT/PT/SLP (7-12)tiffanyjones@nixaschools.net 

    Counseling (K-12): genawenger@nixaschools.net



    F.A.Q. about Educator Certification