September 29, 2005 - Minutes
Tom Johnson, Teacher Education Committee Chair, Division of Social Science Psychology
Keith Brugger, Division of Math & Science - Geology
John Ross, Division of Humanities Music
Judy Kuechle, Division of Education Chair and Secondary Education, Exofficio
Jana Koehler, Division of Education Principal Administrative Specialist
Heather Pennie, Division of Education Wellness & Sport Science
Joe Basel Student
Gabe Maravelas Student
Teacher Education Committee Function
Adjunct committee of Curriculum Committee & Bylaws state:
The Teacher Education Committee consists of seven members, including four faculty members, with representation from each division, two students, and the chair of the Division of Education or representative, who serves ex officio and without vote.
Duties and Responsibilities
The Teacher Education Committee reviews the teacher education programs. The Division of Education consults with the Teacher Education Committee as a means of assisting that division in its task of keeping programs current with respect to the needs of elementary and secondary students and licensure requirements.
This committee meets very regularly during catalog changes and NCATE accreditation review
Accreditation teacher ed programs are strongly linked to liberal arts and we need to communicate and coordinate with the other academic programs. Accreditation process requires that education programs are understood by other disciplines and majors. All licensure areas will be reviewed for license continuance and accreditation. License requirements are standards-based and we must demonstrate that courses continue to cover and assess these standards.
Issues for this Committee to discuss in 2005-06
License issues may come up during the year and science may change this year with the No Child Left Behind act MN allows licensure variances for up to 3 years with conditions
A P-16 state committee is discussing what prior knowledge and skills are needed by students to begin college. The areas of reading, writing, and mathematics are being examined.
Exams continue to be a major part of entrance and exit points in teacher education programs. ETS prepares and monitors these exams the MN Board of Teaching (BOT) is considering changing the cut scores to a higher passing rate state have a different rates MN sets pass rate by percentages our students have done well on all exams
MN wants every teacher ed institution to have a report card like the P-12 schools finding a way to report the results in a reliable and valid manner is a concern
Online learning in K-12 schools is an upcoming issue in many locations. Karen Johnson is willing to meet with this committee to discuss the future of online learning
Overview of UMM Teacher Education Program
Elementary Education and Secondary Education License areas
Within ElEd students receive their K-6 and a specialty license
(Pre-K, Math, English, Science, Social Studies, World Languages)
Within SeEd students receive a 5-8, 9-12, or k-12 license
(Chemistry, Communications Arts and Literature [English-speech], Dance and Theatre Arts, Earth and Space Science, French, General Science, German, Instrumental Music, Life Science, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies, Spanish, Visual Arts, and Vocal Music)
Next Meeting November 2005
Prepared By ~ Jana Koehler