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Curriculum Action Notice


From:

Academic Affairs Committee

Date:

January 26, 2006

This is a bulletin from the Academic Affairs Committee concerning proposed curricular actions. Please forward any comments or concerns in the next 10 days to the AAC chair, Jannis Floyd, Retan Center 208-D, ext. 4795, jfloyd@mansfield.edu.

Curriculum Action Notice: Education

1. Course Change
ED 5554 Curriculum: Principles & Contemporary Thought

Purpose and nature of change:
Add prerequisite requirement for the upper level graduate course

Prerequisite:
Certification in an area of education or one of the following courses: ED 5545 Analysis and Evaluation of Pupil Growth, ED 5531 Social Foundations of Education, ED 5532 Historical Foundations of Education, ED 5533 Philosophical Foundations of Education, ED 5535 Foundations of Education.


2. Program Change: M.S. Ed and M. Ed programs (Elementary & Secondary programs)

Rationale: To parallel undergraduate PDE 354 requirements

List all changes:

  • Probationary graduate students may enroll only in the following courses prior to acceptance into M.Ed. or M.S. Ed. programs: ED 5500 Methods and Materials of Research, ED 5505 Educational Psychology, ED 5545 Analysis and Evaluation of Pupil Growth, ED 5531 Social Foundations of Education, ED 5532 Historical Foundations of Education,
  • Probationary students applying for Track IV (Elem. and Secondary Education masters programs) may not go beyond 9 credit hours without passing Praxis I.
3. Program Change: M.Ed. and M.S. Ed. -Elementary and Secondary
Programs (does not affect ER)
Rationale: To parallel undergraduate PDE Chapter 354 requirement for
certification only students (post baccalaureate)

Change: Add to Graduate Catalog

Obtaining Certification in Education While Pursuing Graduate Degree (Track IV)

Statewide regulations governing teacher education in Pennsylvania require that admission and retention in teacher education programs be carefully monitored. Mansfield University teacher education programs must meet the admissions standards developed by the PDE and NCATE. Both of these organizations require teacher education programs to screen teacher education candidates to assure that only those individuals with the requisite dispositions and abilities for successful teaching are admitted to programs and advanced to certification.
The Pennsylvania regulations, known as Chapter 354, require a two-tier system for teacher education programs. Students may be admitted to the university as majors within elementary, secondary, special education, art, or music education, but they must satisfy certain requirements to advance to upper division course work numbered 3000 and above. Further information can be found at the website below: http://www.teaching.state.pa.us/teaching/

Gates Descriptions

In the Education and Special Education Department, the admissions requirements for Track IV (elementary and secondary education masters programs) begin with initial acceptance into elementary or secondary education graduate programs. At that time, students are designated as “teacher education majors” (TEM). Students with TEM status may only take ED, ELE, SPE, ARE, and some MU courses with prefix courses numbered below 3000 while undergraduates, and if admitted to a graduate education program, ED 5500 Methods & Materials of Research, ED 5505 Educational Psychology, ED 5545 Analysis & Evaluation of Pupil Growth, and one of the Foundations courses (ED 5531, ED 5532, or ED 5535). Students must achieve “teacher education certification candidate” (TECC) status to take any other graduate education courses.
The achievement of TECC status is the first of three “gates” in the teacher education programs. The requirements for each gate are specified below and on the Department’s website: http://edspeced.mansfield.edu/

Gate One: Students completing the following requirements will be designated a Teacher Education Certification Candidate (TECC). Students must hold TECC status in order to take any courses other than ED 5500 Methods & Materials of Research, ED 5505 Educational Psychology, ED 5545 Analysis & Evaluation of Pupil Growth, and one of the Foundations courses (ED 5531, ED 5532, or ED 5535).

To receive TECC designation, the student must:
  • pass Praxis I certification subtests (PPST Reading, PPST Writing, PPST Math). Students have one semester after admission to Mansfield University to pass the Praxis I tests;
  • have a Quality Point Average (QPA) of 3.0 or higher;
  • pass one of the Foundations courses: ED 5531 Social Foundations of Education, ED 5532 Historical Foundations of Education, 5533 Philosophical Foundations of Education, or ED 5535 Foundations of Education.
  • successfully complete 12 credits of Chapter 354 mandated college level course work: (a) 6 credits mathematics, (b) 3 credits English Literature, (c) 3 credits English Composition;
  • Obtain Act 34 (criminal background) and Act 151 (child abuse) clearances. A negative TB test is also required. Non-Pennsylvania residents must also obtain a fingerprint clearance. A Negative TB test is also required. Applications for these clearances can be obtained from on line: www.mnsfld.edu/~teacher <http://www.mansfield.edu/~teacher>
  • See program advisor for additional program specific requirements.
Gate Two: Students wishing to be admitted to Student Teaching must complete the following requirements AND apply for Student Teaching (Regularly check the web site for information concerning registration meetings, www.mnsfld.edu/~teacher <http://www.mansfield.edu/~teacher> ) up to a year and a half in advance:
  • have a Quality Point Average (QPA) of 3.0 or higher for students admitted to TECC;
  • complete all education courses required for student teaching and professional seminar; students wishing to take non-education courses after student teaching must petition the appropriate department chair and the Director of Teacher Education;
  • complete new criminal background, child abuse, and TB clearances*;
  • see program advisor for additional program specific requirements.
*Updated criminal background and child abuse clearances are absolutely necessary in order to student teach. All students must have the appropriate documentation by the following deadlines. Student teaching placements will be revoked unless this requirement is met. Fall Student Teachers: Clearances must not be dated prior to February 1st of the year that student teaching will take place. In addition, all clearances must be turned into The Educational Field Experience Office in Retan Center no later than June 30th. Spring Student Teachers: Clearances must not be dated prior to June 15th of the year that student teaching will take place. In addition, all clearance must be turned into The Educational Field Experience Office in Retan Center no later than September 30th.

Fall Student Teachers – Fall student teachers will need to provide a TB Test, Act 34 Criminal Record check, Act 151 Child Abuse Clearance, Professional Liability Insurance, and Fingerprint Clearance (if non-resident) dated NO EARLIER than February 1 and NO LATER than June 30 of the year they are student teaching. Spring Student Teachers must provide the same documentation as Fall Student Teachers; however, their clearances must not be dated earlier than June 15 or later then September 30 of the prior year. Student teaching assignments will be canceled if appropriate documentation is not on file in the Educational Field Experience Office by the respective deadline, (Fall – June 30 and Spring – September 30 .

Gate Three: Students who wish Mansfield University to recommend them to for
Pennsylvania Teacher Certification must complete the following requirements:
  • pass the Praxis II certification test(s);
  • complete the appropriate education degree with a QPA of 3.0 or higher for those students admitted to TECC after August 29, 2004;
  • apply for Pennsylvania Teacher Certification, repeating criminal background, child abuse, and TB clearances if they have expired.
For more information about TECC designation, obtaining clearances and participating in Field Experiences, contact your education program advisor or the Office of Teacher Education at 570-662-4024 or the following websites:
http://www.mansfield.edu/~teacher/exam1.html
http://www.mansfield.edu/~careserv/Testing.htm

Praxis Exams

The Praxis exams are professional teacher education tests that are required for teachers by most states. The Pennsylvania Department of Education requires all students to take both Praxis I (Pre-Professional Skills Test) and one or more Praxis II exams.. Praxis I is a three-part exam over the following areas: reading, writing, and math. These exams assess basic skills needed to be an education major, and students must earn passing scores on each section to move through Gate One. Students should take the Praxis I exam as soon as possible, since these tests do not measure teacher educational course material but basic skills.

The Praxis II exam(s) assess students' teacher preparation and should be taken close to the end of their educational programs. Each program (Elementary Education, Special Education, Secondary Education subjects, etc.) has its own specific exam(s). Information about which Praxis II exam(s) to take can be found on the Educational Testing Service website (http://www.ets.org) and also linked to from the Teacher Education and Education Field Experiences website (http://www.mansfield.edu/~teacher/) and also http://www.mansfield.edu/%7Eteacher/Pa%20Instructional%20I%20Cert%20Chart%20040924.pdf.
Starting the 2005-2006 testing year, ETS strongly encourages on-line registration; therefore, only limited paper copies of the Praxis booklets will be available in the department offices of Education and Special Education. Information and registration for Praxis I and Praxis II exams can be obtained from the websites above or at the Office of Career Development at 570-662-4133. Further information on specific program requirements, see the individual program descriptions in the Mansfield University catalog or contact your education program advisor.

Because these exams are required, high-stakes exams, students should begin their test preparation well ahead of the testing date, depending on their individual readiness. ETS research indicates that most test takers who failed the tests did not prepare for them adequately. The MU Department of Education and Special Education presents Praxis preparation workshops every semester for Praxis I (PPST), Praxis II Elementary Education, & Praxis II Secondary Education. In addition, an on-line Praxis I tutorial, PLATO, is available through the Teacher Education and Education Field Experiences Office; and application forms can be picked up on the bulletin board across from 204 Retan.

Also, on the “Test Preparation” section of the ETS website is the "Tests at a Glance" feature, which offers information about formats, knowledge bases and skills tested in each test. ETS also provides sample questions and answers are available for independent practice. Students taking the exam at MU also have the option of taking it on the computer, instead of the paper-pencil format.

Further information about Praxis requirements and passing scores can be found in the following places: the bulletin board across from 204 Retan, direct link to the ETS website (below), links from individual Program descriptions from the Department of Education and Special Education (below), Frequently-Asked Questions (from Department of Education and Special Education (below), the link on the Teacher Education and Education Field Experiences website (below), and the Office of Career Development (below).

http://www.ets.org (ETS)
http://www.mansfield.edu/~teacher/ (Teacher Education and Education Field Experiences)
http://edspeced.mansfield.edu/Web%20Pages/programs/ed%26speced%20programs.htm (Department of Education and Special Education)
http://web.mansfield.edu/career/testing.htm (Office of Career Development)

 

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