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 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.

2020-2021 Information 

The “I Can Do It” Beginning Teacher Assistance Program will be presented virtually with an interactive format during the 2020-2021 school year. You are required to complete all asynchronous tasks, trainings, and all synchronous sessions during a one-month period to receive your Beginning Teacher Assistance Program certificate. 


MNEA members: $35
Non-members: $70

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

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

Asynchronous Trainings and Tasks

You are required to complete all asynchronous trainings and tasks. The sessions may be completed in any order within the same month you are completing your synchronous sessions. 

  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 of Certificated Educators
    Live: Wed., Sept. 23 or Recorded: Watch Now >
  3. How to make that difficult parent phone call
    Mon., Oct. 26 or Recorded: Watch Now >
  4. Start Smart Online Survey Assessment 
    Details will be provided during your month of Synchronous 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.


Presented by Linda Glasgow, former Missouri Teacher of the Year

Synchronous session topics include:
Session 1: Classroom management, professional communication, certification requirements, professional responsibilities
Session 2: Student engagement and relationships, motivation, creating acceptance, polishing your techniques
Session 3: Classroom environment and professional growth plans
Session 4: Challenging behaviors and wrap up

November 2020

Monday Evenings (VIRTUAL)
Nov. 2, 9, 16, and 23 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
Deadline: Oct. 27

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February 2021

Tuesday Evenings (VIRTUAL)
Feb. 2, 9, 16, and 23 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
Deadline: Jan. 27

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March 2021

Thursday Evenings (VIRTUAL)
March 4, 11, 18 and 25 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
Deadline: Feb. 28

Register Now