UMM ACADEMIC AFFAIRS

DISCIPLINE COVER SHEET #1

SEMESTER

CURRICULUM CHANGES

FORM A

(2/00)

FORM A: DISCIPLINE SUMMARY

(Submit to Division Chair)

Discipline:

Elementary Education

Date

9/29/00

Note: All changes become effective with the 2001-2003 catalog.

Statistical Summary of Proposed Changes:

 

(a)

(b)

(b) — (a)

 

Present

Proposed

Net Change*

The Major

     

Total courses required for a major**:

16

18

+2

Total credits required for a major**:

42.5

50

+7.5

The Minor

     

Total courses required for a minor**:

0

0

0

Total credits required for a minor**:

0

0

0

General Education

     

Total General Education courses:

0

1 (Honors)

+1

Total General Education credits:

0

0

0

Entire Discipline

     

Total courses taught in the discipline***:

16

18

+2

Total credits taught in the discipline***:

44.5

48

+3.5

       

*"Present" counts are to be taken from the current 1999-2001 catalog and "Proposed" counts from copy for the new 2001-2003 catalog. The "Net Change" may reflect changes made earlier between catalogs.

**Includes required courses from other disciplines. ***Does not include Directed Studies or Senior Honors Projects.

Narrative Summary

If individual course changes are part of an overall plan for change within the discipline's curriculum, please summarize the intent of the changes in the space below. Use additional sheets as needed.

The state of Minnesota has approved new licensure laws and regulations that will affect UMM students who apply for their teaching license after September 1, 2001.

A major part of the licensure rule is referred to as the Standards of Effective Practice. These standards have been addressed in the elementary education discipline for the past several years, and in fact, have formed the basis for our student teaching evaluations, student portfolio assignment, and senior presentations.

Two aspects of the new law, however, require additional changes to the major. First, the state is focusing on a level of specificity in particular areas of content knowledge that requires a redistribution of credits as well as a careful consideration of courses taken by students to fulfill general education requirements. The second aspect is even more significant. Under the new law, elementary teachers will be licensed kindergarten through 6th grade and will be required to obtain a specialty licensure.

The credit and course increases for the major are due to the required additional license.

Financial Implications

Are there any financial or staffing implications of this proposal? If so, explain.

Additional elementary education support is needed to meet expanded state requirements.