Missouri Teacher Development System

Missouri Teacher Development System (MTDS) is a Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)-supported framework designed to support teacher learning and career development. All programs are school-year long cadre experiences with competency-based learning, offering on-going professional development and support.

Learn more about the individual programs and competencies.

Current MTDS Programs

Emerging I – Beginning Teacher Assistance Program 1

This program is intended for the first-year teacher. Emerging I meets and exceeds the Missouri DESE requirements for beginning teachers. The five sessions, completed over the course of the year, offer just-in-time learning.

Emerging II – Beginning Teacher Assistance Program 2

This program is intended for second- or third-year teachers who have completed a Missouri beginner teacher assistance program. In addition to the four regional meetings, teachers have the opportunity for a two-day in-person workshop with Mike Rutherford as he reviews his 23 themes from “The Artisan Teacher.” All participants receive the book and memory jogger card.

Developing I – Teacher Academy

Teacher Academy has been providing Missouri teachers with valuable professional development experience for 30 years. Available to teachers with a minimum of three years of experience, but often attended by teachers with many more years under their belt, Teacher Academy includes two, one-day state meeting workshops with John Antonetti during which teachers learn ways to increase cognitive rigor and instructional engagement. All participants receive a copy of “17,000 Classroom Visits Can’t Be Wrong.” An additional focus of the program is an action research project they complete and share.

Developing II – Teacher Academy Graduates

Intended for teachers who have completed Teacher Academy, this program encourages teachers to extend what they learned in Teacher Academy into practicing and developing more innovative tasks and strategies. Teacher Academy Graduates have one, one-day state workshop with John Antonetti and receive his book, “Powerful Task Design.”

Mastering C – Mentoring

Beginning teachers in the State of Missouri are required to have an assigned mentor teacher to assist them during their first two years in the classroom. This program provides training to those mentors in order to provide the best possible mentoring experience to those new teachers. This is also an important step for teachers who are wanting to build their teacher-leader skills.

Mentors in this program whose mentee is enrolled in Emerging I will attend two of their four sessions with their mentee. However, having your mentee enrolled is not a requirement.


Kat Nicolaus
Teacher Development Specialist