Beginning Teacher Assistance

"I Can Do It" Classroom Management Program

All teachers with a Missouri Initial Professional Certificate (IPC) must participate in a beginning teacher assistance program (BTAP) before upgrading their certificate. “I Can Do It” is designed for teachers in their first two years and any teacher who wants to improve their classroom management skills. Teachers with several years of experience also find these sessions helpful. Missouri NEA partners with Maryville University to offer a meaningful program that meets the beginning teacher assistance program certification requirement.

Contact MNEA Teaching & Learning at (573) 644-9623 or email Laurie Bernskoetter at for more information.

2021-2022 Information 

“I Can Do It” is highly interactive and requires additional asynchronous learning. Advance registration is required.

Presenters: Kathy Steinhoff, NBCT, winner of the 2011 NEA Award for Teaching Excellence, and/or Ann Jarrett, MNEA teaching and learning director.

Topics covered: Classroom management, professional communication, certification requirements, professional responsibilities, student engagement and relationships, motivation, creating acceptance, polishing your techniques, classroom environment, professional growth plans, and challenging behaviors. 


MNEA members: $50
Non-members: $75

Fee can be paid by credit card at the time of registration or by school district purchase order. All fees are non-refundable. Sessions are limited to 35 participants. 

Fee includes Beginning Teacher Assistance Program certificate and access to all asynchronous and synchronous sessions.

Participant Comments

"The virtual training was so interactive. Thank you!"

"I learned so many new ideas from everyone in each group. Nice to know we have a support system helping us succeed."

"Good stuff. Good discussions with other teachers. Nice to be able to collaborate with other peers in different settings."

"I enjoyed breaking out into smaller groups to share ideas with others." 

"I thought the workshop was very helpful. I plan on using many of the strategies I learned in my class immediately." 

"I liked hearing everyone else's ideas, especially because I hadn't thought of some of those things."



Choose one of the following and complete both synchronous and asynchronous requirements over a four-week period. Participants must attend all four synchronous sessions and complete the asynchronous session requirements to receive the Beginning Teacher Assistance Program certificate. Register for the synchronous virtual series of your choice.

October 2021
Oct. 4, 11, 18, and 25
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Register by Sept. 28.

Registration Closed

November 2021
Nov. 8, 15, 22, and 29
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Register by Nov. 2.

Registration Closed

February 2022
Feb. 21, 28, March 7, and 14
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Register by Feb. 15.

Register Now

Asynchronous Trainings and Tasks

In order to receive the beginning teacher assistance program certificate, both in-person and virtual participants must complete the following tasks in any order.

  1. Join the online NEA edCommunities group "Classroom Management NEA-TQ"
    You can begin participating in the online discussion RIGHT NOW. No need to wait until the month of your synchronous sessions. Create a free account at Then, search for the group named "Classroom Management" and click "Join." Ask a question or comment on a post.
  2. Rights and responsibilities of certificated educators
    Watch Recording 
  3. How to make that difficult parent phone call
    Watch Recording 
  4. Independent online content and self-assessment 
    Details will be provided during virtual and in-person sessions. Topics covered include:

  • Certification requirements.
  • Mandatory reporting and legal rights and responsibilities.
  • Clear learning goals and objectives.
  • Self-assessment on one of the following teaching standards: 5.1, 5.2., or 5.3.