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LSSU Response to DI-SECONDARY 
Review Panel Recommendations - August 2006
     (original reviewer comments March 2006)

 

Itemized revisions:

  • Update to Form XX -correction endorsement requirements

  • Comments on GG108 science content

  • Update to Instructional Faculty table - additional courses/instructors listed 

  • Inclusion of BL240 in narrative section 2.b

  • New content related to multicultural and gender awareness

  • Course number changes in Biology explained

  • Familiarity with MEAP and MCF/GLCE addressed


 

Application for State Approval of DI - Secondary

 

Michigan Department of Education, Office of Professional Preparation Services

P.O. Box 30008, Lansing, Michigan 48909

Phone:  (517) 335-4610 *** Fax:  (517) 373-0542

 

Directions:

  • For each new, amended, or experimental program, a separate application is required. 
  • Application and all documentation are to be submitted electronically. 
  • Fax or mail only the cover page that is signed by the unit head. 
  • All correspondence regarding this application should be addressed to the consultant/coordinator identified on Application Attachment 1. 

 

I.  Application Information

Institution


Lake Superior State University

MDE Endorsement Area and Code (from Application Attachment 2)

 

Integrated Science - SECONDARY (DI)

Date of this Application

February 5, 2005

Name and Title of Unit Head

Dr. David Myton, Chair, School of Education

Signature of Unit Head

 

 

 

II.  Contact Information for Questions Related to This Application

Contact Person’s Name and Title

Dr. David Myton, Assoc. Prof. of Chemistry

Contact Person’s Phone Number

(906) 635-2349

Contact Person’s Fax Number

(906) 635-7565

Contact Person’s E-Mail Address

dmyton@lssu.edu

 

III.  Type of Request for Approval                                                                  (Indicate One)

New program for institution

 

U.S. Department of Education Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code, if vocational occupational area

 

Compliance with State Board of Education new or modified program criteria

X

Experimental program

 

Program amendment (See Section IX for guidelines)

 

 

IV.  Institutional Representatives                                                                 

Name/Title Specialty Mailing Address E-mail Address Phone Fax

Dr. David Myton, Assoc Prof Chemistry

General Chemistry Lake Superior State University  650 W. Easterday Avenue, Sault Saint Marie, MI  49783 dmyton@lssu.edu (906) 635-2349 (906) 635-7565

Dr. Barbara Evans, Assoc. Prof. of Biology

Physiology Lake Superior State University  650 W. Easterday Avenue, Sault Saint Marie, MI  49783 bevans@lssu.edu (906) 635-2164 (906) 635-2266
Dr. Gene Wicks, High School Science Teacher Organic synthetic chemistry Sault Area Public Schools  876 Marquette Avenue, Sault Sainte Marie, MI  49783 gwicks@eup.k12.mi.us (906) 635-3839 (906) 635-6619
Mr. Lynn Dunham, HS Science Teacher Science Education Sault Area Public Schools  876 Marquette Avenue, Sault Sainte Marie, MI  49783 ldunham@eup.k12.mi.us (906) 635-3839 (906) 635-6619
           

 


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Section 1. Summary of Course Requirements

Section 2. Program Summary

Section 3. Instructional faculty

Section 4. Candidate Preparation

Section 5. Collaborative Partnerships

Section 6. Professional Development and Support

Section 7. Standards Matrix

Section 8. Special Recognition

Section 9. Instructional Methods

Section 10. Course Descriptions

Section 11.  Course Syllabi


 


            Integrated Science - Secondary (DI) Specialty Program

            Lake Superior State University

            November 15, 2004

 

Section 1.  Summary of Course Requirements

FORM XX: Integrated Science - Secondary (DI)

revised Form XX (corrected to indicate 74 hours for major and endorsement programs - Aug-06)

 

 

 

 

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Section 2. Program Summary

(Narrative below)

 

 

 

a. Describe the philosophy, rationale, and objectives of the specialty program and explain how the program is consistent with the philosophy, rationale, and conceptual framework of the unit.

 

The comprehensive major in integrated science for secondary teachers is a cooperative program between the School of Education, the School of Environmental and Physical Sciences, and the School of Biological Sciences.  The primary goal is to prepare highly qualified science teachers to assume leadership roles in teaching and service in secondary school classrooms of our region and state.  Lake Superior State University academic programs are contained in either of two units, the College of Professional Studies (containing the School of Education) or the College of Arts and Letters (containing chemistry department).  Two faculty members hold dual appointments with the two Colleges, Dr. Myton (chemistry and education) and Dr. Brown (geology and education).  The School of Environmental and Physical Sciences is comprised of the Departments of Chemistry and Geology/Physics.  The mission of the School is to facilitate student development by helping them identify and achieve their academic, personal, and professional objectives.  We focus on active student involvement in order to create a powerful learning environment, making special use of the abundant natural resources unique to the Upper Great Lakes region. Candidates are engaged in the enterprise of science through undergraduate research, inquiry-based learning, critical thinking, and progressive integration into its community of scholars.

 

The mission of the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science is to deliver a rigorous and relevant curriculum that contributes to the intellectual and personal growth of its candidates. We offer the B.S. Chemistry, B.S. Forensic Chemistry, the B.A. Chemistry, and integrated B.S. degrees in Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Science, Environmental Health, and Environmental Management in a mutually supportive environment of teaching, learning, and student-centered research. The primary goal of the Department of Chemistry and Environmental Science is to prepare a diverse group of candidates for careers in industry, government, or for entry into graduate and professional schools. The preparation of our candidates includes developing their critical thinking and communication skills, their knowledge of modern instrumentation, their ability to adapt to changing work conditions, their ability to work productively and cooperatively with other people, and their inclination for lifelong learning. The department is committed to the preparation of highly qualified and well prepared teacher candidates.  The School of Environmental and Physical Sciences offers majors and minors in teachable programs for both the elementary and secondary level.  These include (pending approval by the MDE) programs in chemistry (Major/minor), Earth/space science (Major/minor), physical science (Comprehensive Major and Major only) and integrated science for both the elementary (M/m) and secondary (Comprehensive Major only) levels.  With two of our faculty members holding dual appointments to the School of Education our programs are closely aligned with state standards, our instructors well informed of the mission and values of the teacher preparation program, and our course content accessible and focused on the preparation of high quality teacher candidates.

 

The mission of the Department of Geology and Physics is to deliver a challenging and relevant curriculum that contributes to the intellectual and personal growth of its students. This is accomplished in a mutually supportive environment of teaching, learning, and student-centered research. The primary goal of the geology program is to prepare a diverse group of students for geoscience careers or for entry into graduate school. Preparation of students includes developing their critical thinking and communication skills, their adaptability to changing work conditions, their ability to work productively and cooperatively with other people, and their inclination for lifelong learning.

 

The School of Education Vision Statement states that we are a community of learners bound by the shared values that exemplify excellence in the professional education of teachers.  The School of Education Mission Statement affirms that we are committed to provide opportunities for research, reflection and response in the education of teachers.  We achieve these opportunities through situated and contextual learning experiences, and in the foundations for the development of content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, and professional dispositions.  We value a commitment to learning communities, and are dedicated to meeting the diverse needs of learners. 

 

In keeping with the logo of Lake Superior State University, the School of Education summarizes its mission in the motto: EDUCATING TEACHERS FOR TOMORROW’S SCHOOLS
PERSONAL

With respect and understanding for individual differences and shared heritages
NATURAL

For whom learning is an ongoing lifelong process, and
SUPERIOR

With high academic and professional standards

 

We believe that the act of teaching and learning involves a framework of research, reflection, and response.  We see these elements as an evolving cyclical process, a pathway that learners and leaders of learning must employ to create powerful knowledge bases, develop as participatory members of a democratic society, and establish and maintain environments conducive to learning. The process of research, reflection, and response is focused upon four areas that we believe are the essential elements of expert teaching.  These areas include: content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, professional dispositions, and learning communities.  At the center of the process of acquiring and applying the skills and knowledge of professional practice we place the learner. 

We see the learner as inclusive of all stakeholders in schooling and education. 

 

What is

Research:  Expert teachers understand the need to maintain a current perspective on the numerous facets of education.  A professional educator strives to engage in the study of pedagogy, examination of the literature related to teaching and explore avenues for the transformation of theory to practice. The act of research is often precipitated by observed events in the classroom and school.  When dilemmas arise, expert teachers ask questions and then seek answers through research.

 

Reflection:  John Dewey stated “The active, persistent, careful consideration of any belief or supposed form of knowledge in light of the grounds that support it is reflective thought” (1933, p.9).  Expert teacher are continuously reflecting upon their practice.  Engaging in critique, they look at the elements of teaching as well as their whole practice within the contexts in which pedagogy is engaged.  The act of reflection requires the teacher to question their behavior, their beliefs as determinants of practice, and carefully consider the responsibility of being a leader of learning.

 

Response: The act of engaging in pedagogy should be responsive.  To implement change or modifications in one’s practice to better facilitate learning is a key element in the repertoire of an expert teacher.  Response however is not change for the sake of change.  Response is the act of planned change given careful research and reflection.  The professional educator employs change in relationship to perceived need, then after review of literature and active research within the classroom, supported by careful reflection, the teacher implements the change.  The expert teacher then monitors the response, actively engaging in continued research and reflection to better their pedagogical practice.

 

Content Knowledge: Teachers need to be broadly educated in the liberal arts and sciences, and be able to knowledgeable of the interdependence of the disciplines. They must be able to analyze and synthesize ideas, information, and data and make applications of knowledge in inquiry, problem-solving, and critical thinking. The professional educator must be an effective communicator, possessing the skills and abilities of listening, speaking, writing, and reading.

 

Pedagogical Knowledge: Professional educators must have the knowledge to effectively engage individuals in the learning process.  In order to engage in teaching excellence they must posses a strong understanding of cognition, the multidimensional dimensions of learners and learning, and demonstrate the skills of research, reflection, and responsive pedagogy.   Via an understanding of human growth and development, a variety of instructional techniques, assessments, materials and technologies, and an abundance of practical experience in classrooms, teacher candidates should be able to mature as exemplar professional educators.

 

Professional Dispositions: Teachers are stewards of society.  They are the models and guides of future generations. In light of their influence in classrooms and schools, all teachers and teacher candidates must model the ethics, values and dispositions of professional educators. They should be able to engage in active reflection, self-critique and accept constructive criticism from others.  The developing professional educator should invite and respect others' points of view and incorporate reasonable suggestions from peers and experts.  Teachers and teacher candidates should be committed to life-long learning and the belief that all candidates can learn.  

 

Learning Communities: Schools and classrooms are microcosms of society, and as such are the venues for candidates to learn and grow as participatory members of the community.  The themes of caring, responsibility, democracy, and stewardship are woven into the fabric of curriculum as teachers and teacher candidates take on the role of facilitators of environments conducive to learning while modeling tolerance, dignity, participation and shared decision making.

 

As secondary-level science educators, our teacher candidates have a solid foundation in the content knowledge of their discipline.  Their content knowledge has a research basis as faculty incorporate their own research interests into the curriculum, as current developments in the discipline are incorporated into the classroom dialog, and as research into how students learn and understand is applied to the teaching of science disciplines.  Candidates are frequently engaged in dialog through their courses, like TE443 Secondary Science Methods, in reflecting on their own understanding of science concepts, how to communicate those clearly to novice learners, and to assess student understanding through authentic experiences and exercises.  As candidates apply their pedagogical knowledge gained in the professional education sequence to the teaching of science topics with progressively higher levels of responsibility and autonomy - moving from early field experience, through presentation of single topics, lessons, units to the full responsibility of the student teaching internship.  Candidates are assessed throughout these experiences, field work and internship, against the standards of the ELSMT, against content knowledge expectations, and in their demonstrations of appropriate professional dispositions.  In ever increasing steps the candidate prepare for their full assimilation into the learning community of their school and profession during their student teaching internship as a science teacher under the mentorship of a highly qualified classroom teacher and a seasoned veteran who serves as the university supervisor and evaluator.

 

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b. Describe the sequence of courses and/or experiences to develop an understanding of the structures, skills, core concepts, ideas, values, facts, methods of inquiry, and uses of technology.

 

Lake Superior State University teacher candidates seeking a comprehensive group science endorsement complete a 74-semester hour program, as listed on Form XX.  The sequence of courses builds a foundation of content knowledge in each of the three domains: biology, physical science (chemistry and physics) and Earth/space science.  This comprehensive group major contains the equivalent of three minors (biology, chemistry and Earth/space science) plus one year of physics. By addressing the same core concepts as the individual minor programs we ensure that the same facts, methods of inquiry and uses of technology will be present in this group major as in the individual disciplines.  The Comprehensive group major is comprised of:

BL122 Human Anatomy and Physiology II

BL131/132 General Biology I/II

BL220 Genetics

BL240 Natural History of Vertebrates

BL337 General Ecology

CH115/116 General Chemistry I/II

CH105 Life Chemistry II

CH231 Quantitative Analysis

CH332 Instrumental Analysis

GE121/122 Physical and Historical Geology I/II

GG108 Physical Geography: Meteorology and Climatology

NS116 Oceanography

NS119 Astronomy

PH221/222 Elements of Physics I/II

TE443 Secondary Science Methods

 

Additional electives are available in each discipline for students seeking additional enrichment or advanced study.  A complete listing of courses by department is found in Section 10 of this application.  The candidate completing the secondary DI program will complete prerequisite mathematics courses through calculus (MA112 or higher calculus) as prerequisite for CH231.  

 

All candidates completing the university degree program through the department of chemistry also complete a senior thesis project including a formal paper, poster and presentation at our annual undergraduate research day.  These projects are also often presented at our regional science conferences; many in recent years have been recognized for their innovation and scientific merit.  As a capstone event, the senior project including the presentation of the project outcomes.  These presentations serve as a landmark event whereby the candidate moves from recipient of knowledge prepared by others (a student) to become the expert in a field, to uncover and develop new knowledge and to participate in the dissemination of this knowledge to others (a researcher/teacher).  Candidates use appropriate technologies in the conducting of this research (analytical chemical instrumentation, library research, quantitative and statistical analysis, etc) and in the presentation (computer software suites, presentation software, audio/visual presentation equipment, posters, etc).

 

Formal admission to the School of Education teacher certification program also requires (in addition to university general education requirements of one year English, one semester of speech, one year of social sciences, on year of humanities and a course in student diversity), the following items:

CS101 Introduction to Computer Science – addressing basic competencies in technology

MA207 Statistics

Michigan Test for Teacher Certification Basic Skills Test

Formal Interview

Impromptu timed essay – assessing written communication skills

2.70 minimum overall GPA with no grade below C in major/minor, and

B- minimum grade in professional education sequence courses.

 

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c.  Describe how candidates are prepared to utilize a variety of instructional approaches to address the various learning styles of candidates.

 

Student learning styles are a significant topic addressed in the professional education core sequence, especially in TE250 Student Diversity and Schools and TE301 Learning Theory and Teaching Practice.  In TE301 candidates analyze various approaches to teaching and learning and the decisions which teachers make in applying theory to diverse classroom situations.  TE443 Secondary Science Methods extends these topics to the science classroom and provide a discipline specific context for continuing these discussions while candidate’s field placements are focused on instructional practice in their science specialty.

 

d.  Describe any differences that may exist between elementary or secondary preparation to teach in each major or minor area (e.g., instructional resources, field placements, instructional techniques), if applicable.

 

The comprehensive group secondary science endorsement is only available to secondary-level teacher candidates

 

e.  Describe how the program incorporates gender equity, multi-cultural, and global perspectives into the teaching of the subject area.

 

Student diversity, and developing an appreciation of diversity issues in science education is addressed in TE443 Secondary Science Methods, a course required for all majors/minors.  The professional education core sequence contains a course devoted to this issue: TE250 Student Diversity and Schools.  TE250 is required for all teacher candidates prepared by Lake Superior State University.

 

New content from August 2006 revisions:

Discussion of the multicultural perspectives in the preparation of teachers is initially covered in TE250 “Student Diversity in the Classroom”.  The initial DI application did not contain the course syllabi for the education related courses, but these course syllabi and descriptions are now included in a linked document from the PRPE index page and directly from this link: Education Courses.  TE250 objectives include to

"study ...the forms of diversity found among students and how these differences affect students' participation in school. History and philosophy of American schools are also studied as are the legal responsibilities and rights of teachers and school districts. Student study cooperative learning, questioning techniques, make school visits and plan and tutor elementary or secondary students as part of a 15-hour fieldwork component.”

In-class assignments and assigned readings address the stated course objective to “Explain the meaning of diversity in schools and describe ways that schools may respond to diversity”

 

The biographical poster assignment, described as in the excerpt below from the TE443 Secondary Science Methods (table of contents) (revised July 2006 to include explicit reference to the Council of State Science Supervisors), requires candidates to generate a student assignment, including assessment rubric, in which the learner will identify the contributions of a minority or woman from the content area under examination.  The teacher candidate prepares a lesson, rubric, and exemplar of the assignment poster, as a model for their subsequent use as an assignment for their classroom.  Individuals in the student teaching internship often report the successful use of such assignments in their classes.

 

Biographical Poster (5%) – as described in the syllabus for TE443

Prepare a lesson plan for an activity where you assign your students to prepare a poster display of a biographical nature on a scientist (from your areas of endorsement).  Create a series of overhead transparencies, or use other appropriate instructional technology, to use in your classroom to define the assignment, its grading rubric.  Prepare a poster to model the assignment for the class.  The focus should be to emphasize the wide diversity of cultural and ethnic backgrounds of scientists (scientists other than white men of European descent).  Outline their background, scientific contributions, and information on their life to help understand them as a whole person, and to demonstrate the interconnectedness of all science.  In-class presentations will allow each person to present their poster before they are placed on display in the school offices.  Turn In: lesson plan, poster and webpage evaluation rubric

 

 

f.  Describes how the program prepares candidates to use multiple methods of assessment appropriate to this specialty area.

Assessment, in addition to experiences gained through the content courses in chemistry, is addressed in TE 443 Secondary Science Methods.  There candidates develop traditional and authentic assessments for both classroom and laboratory based activities, and apply the concepts learned in the professional education core courses such as TE431 Secondary Methods to the chemistry classroom.  In TE443 candidates develop assessment instruments for curriculum units they develop based on their specialty area.

 

 

Section 3 Faculty

Instructional Faculty

Revised Instructional Faculty - August 2006 (modified to include all courses identified in Form XX and the program narrative)

 

 

 

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Section 4 Candidate Preparation

Submit available data specific to the program area being reviewed

 

 

 

The comprehensive group integrated science major is new to the state and the institution, no cumulative pass rate data is available for DI.  The university has had an approved DX program for many years, pass rate data for this endorsement program is provided below.  Our pass rates on the science exam are very good, although it should be noted that test code 16 is also used to earn a DX certification on an elementary certificate.   Also provided below are pass rate data for our individual programs in biology and chemistry.  LSSU does not have a physics program, although one DX candidate did take the test in order to demonstrate HQ status.  Biology pass rates have improved significantly over the past four years.  Chemistry examinees are often biology majors with a chemistry minor.  These students often report difficulty with the content of the chemistry exam - topics which were covered early in their academic career during general chemistry.  These students have all been successful when they studied and retook the exam. 

Subject Test Code Test Date Scaled Mean Score # Pass % Pass # Not Pass % Not Pass Sub area pass %    
Science 16 7/15/2000 2 271.5 2 100 0 0 100 100 100 100 100  
Science 16 10/7/2000 2 275 2 100 0 0 100 100 100 100 100  
Science 16 1/13/2001 4 267.4 4 100 0 0 100 100 100 75 50  
Science 16 4/21/2001 4 266 4 100 0 0 100 100 100 100 50  
Science 16 7/14/2001 2 255 2 100 0 0 100 100 50 100 50  
Science 16 10/6/2001 1 249 1 100 0 0 100 100 100 100 100  
Science 16 4/20/2002 6 260 6 100 0 0 100 100 100 100 100  
Science 16 10/5/2002 2 258 2 100 0 0 100 100 50 100 100  
Science 16 1/11/2003 5 272.2 5 100 0 0 100 100 100 100 100  
Science 16 4/12/2003 5 254.4 5 100 0 0 80 100 80 100 80  
Science 16 10/18/2003 3 238 2 67 1 33 100 100 67 33 33  
Science 16 1/10/2004 3 234.7 3 100 0 0 100 100 67 100 33  
Science 16 4/3/2004 3 250.3 3 100 0 0 100 100 100 100 67  
Science 16 7/10/2004 1 215 0 0 1 100 100 0 100 0 100  
Science 16 10/16/2004 5 236.2 5 100 0 0 100 100 60 60 40  
Statewide Science 16     235.9   74   26 90 82 65 53 60  
Biology 17 7/15/2000 2 209 1 50 1 50 50 50 50 100 50 50
Biology 17 10/7/2000 2 228.5 1 50 1 50 50 100 100 50 50 50
Biology 17 1/13/2001 7 222 4 57 3 43 43 71 29 57 43 86
Biology 17 4/21/2001 7 225.6 5 71 2 29 71 14 57 57 71 86
Biology 17 7/14/2001 1 218 0 0 1 100 100 0 0 100 0 0
Biology 17 1/12/2002 3 242.3 3 100 0 0 100 67 67 67 67 100
Biology 17 7/13/2002 1 254 1 100 0 0 100 100 100 100 0 100
Biology 17 1/11/2003 4 240.5 4 100 0 0 50 75 75 100 75 75
Biology 17 4/12/2003 1 252 1 100 0 0 100 100 0 100 100 100
Biology 17 4/3/2004 1 205 0 0 1 100 0 100 100 0 0 100
Biology 17 10/16/2004 1 223 1 100 0 0 0 100 0 0 0  
Statewide Biology 17     222.7   57   43 60 58 64 47 55 64
Chemistry 18 7/15/2000 2 228 1 50 1 50 100 100 0 50    
Chemistry 18 10/7/2000 1 242 1 100 0 0 100 0 100 100    
Chemistry 18 1/13/2001 4 224.5 3 75 1 25 75 75 50 0    
Chemistry 18 4/21/2001 1 217 0 0 1 100 100 0 0 100    
Chemistry 18 7/14/2001 1 239 1 100 0 0 100 100 100 0    
Chemistry 18 7/13/2002 1 297 1 100 0 0 100 100 100 100    
Chemistry 18 1/11/2003 4 231.8 2 50 2 50 100 50 50 75    
Chemistry 18 7/12/2003 2 226 1 50 1 50 100 100 50 0    
Chemistry 18 10/18/2003 2 250.5 2 100 0 0 100 100 50 100    
Chemistry 18 4/3/2004 1 217 0 0 1 100 100 0 0 0    
Chemistry 18 10/16/2004 3 237.7 3 100 0 0 67 100 67 33    
Statewide Chemistry 18     235.4   71   29 92 55 55 61    
Physics 19 4/3/2004 1 225 1 100 0 0 100 0 0 0 100  
Statewide Physics 19     221.7   47   53 93 51 27 29 49  
GE/Earth 20 4/21/2001 1 240 1 100 0 0 100 100 100 100 100  
GE/Earth 20 7/13/2002 1 257 1 100 0 0 100 100 100 100 0  
GE/Earth 20 4/12/2003 2 250 2 100 0 0 50 100 100 100 100  
GE/Earth 20 10/16/2004 1 211 0 0 1 100 100 0 100 0 0  
Statewide Earth/Space Science 20     226.4   66   34 79 57 66 56 50  

     

The subareas for each test are identified below:

Test\Subarea 1 2 3 4 5 6
Science Constructing new scientific knowledge Reflecting on scientific knowledge Using knowledge of life science Using knowledge of physical science Using knowledge of Earth/space science  
Biology Foundations of scientific inquiry Cellular function Heredity and evolutionary change Organization of living things Ecological systems  
Chemistry Constructing and reflecting on scientific knowledge Properties of matter Energy, chemical bonds, chemical reactions Organic, biochemistry, nuclear and environmental chemistry    
Earth/Space Constructing and reflecting on scientific knowledge Geosphere Hydrosphere Atmosphere and weather Solar system, galaxy and universe  

 

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Section 5 Collaborative Partnership

  • Describe how candidates for majors and minors in specific specialty programs participate in early field experiences in K-12 schools. 
  • Describe aspects of the student teaching experience for certification candidates that enhance the applicants’ abilities to teach in this specific specialty area.  Are candidates in your institution assigned to K-12 classrooms as student teachers in both their major and minor (if applicable)? 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Field placements are integrated throughout the professional education sequence beginning with TE250 Student Diversity and Schools where the focus is on tutoring experiences.  In subsequent courses, after admission to the School of Education, candidates have diverse and varied experiences of increasing responsibility and duration.  These early field experiences require a minimum of 15 hours per semester per course in focused experiences coupled with reflective journaling and fulfillment of additional course outcomes focused on the experiences.  Field experiences are required in each of the professional education core courses (TE250, TE301, TE430, TE431, TE440 and TE443) prior to entering the student teaching internship.  During the internship candidates work for approximately 22 weeks under the direct supervision of a classroom teacher and the periodic oversight of a university supervisor.  Candidates meet regularly with a university instructor for a seminar course, and are also concurrently enrolled in a graduate course each of the two semesters of the internship.  During the fall semester, candidates complete TE602 Reflection and Inquiry in Teaching Practice I examining qualitative and quantitative research methods and developing their own research based question addressing student learning.  During the spring semester students complete a second graduate level course on curriculum planning and implementation, TE605.

 

Student teaching internship placements extend across two university semesters, beginning generally with the start of the academic year in August/September and continuing through mid-April.  Candidates are strongly advised to use the transition at mid-year to change their placement venue to gain experience at a second level or subject area in the spring.  Such changes in placement do require the consent and concurrence of the building principals and teachers, and in some cases teachers wish to continue with a single student the entire time.  Wherever possible candidates are placed in situations where they can teach in both their major and minor fields, either through split morning/afternoon assignments with different teachers, or placements in different schools for each semester.

 

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Section 6 Professional Development and Support

Postponed until 2005-20012

 

 

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Section 8 Special Recognition

Optional

 

 

 

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Section 9 Instructional Methods

Describe how candidates are prepared to teach in this specific specialty area. 

Describe how this program will utilize technological resources.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lake Superior State University teacher candidates are prepared in instructional methods through both the professional education sequence (TE150-TE443) and through courses in their chemistry curriculum.  In the professional education sequence, the secondary candidate completes TE430 General Methods for Secondary Teachers (a study of strategies and methodologies to facilitate learning...), TE440 Reading in the Content Area (a study of reading methods) and TE443 Science Methods for Secondary Teachers (curriculum, objectives, content, materials, organization methods and assessment).  Each of these courses has a required fieldwork component where the candidate applies the concepts and theories through modeling and practice lessons in secondary classrooms as appropriate to their certification. 


Candidates in biology courses complete activities and exercises both in the lab and in the field, using a wide range of tools and instruments to collect and analyze data. This can include the use of DNA sequencing instruments, microscopes and fluoroscopes, field sampling devices, elemental analzyers and other technological resources.  Geology students routinely make geotectonic measurements using state of the art technology, utilize microscopes and other relevant instruments.  The physics curriculum provides hands-on experiences with a wide range of physics apparatus and data collection devices. Candidates are familiar with a wide range of analytical chemical instrumentation, and use that equipment in the laboratory component of their chemistry curriculum, and in fulfillment of their senior research projects (project applies only to majors).  Technology in this context includes familiarity and use with spectrophotometers (UV/Vis, IR, Mass, Fluorometry, ICPMS), chromatography (solid, gas, liquid, ion), and analytical (balances, electrodeposition, sample collection, digesters).  Candidates also become proficient in the use of computer-based technologies used as instrument interface/acquisition devices, for preparation of reports and papers, for quantitative analysis, regression and statistical analysis, and presentation software with A/V projectors present in many of our instructional classrooms and laboratories.

 

Technology is integrated throughout the professional education sequence, in fulfillment of the 7th standard of the Entry Level Standards for Michigan Teachers (ELSMT).  The School of Education uses extensive resources available for Michigan teachers to enhance their preparedness for the effective use of technology, including, for example, the Preparing Teachers for Tomorrow project through Merit (http://ptft.merit.edu) and Intel's Teach to the Future project into our professional education sequence.  This integration is reflected in many of our internal documents which are archived on the School of Education website, including the PTFT alignment matrix and the PTFT assessments per module summary.

 

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Section 10 Course Descriptions

Provide descriptions of all courses contained on Application Attachment 3.  Descriptions must provide enough information to show that standards could logically be met in these courses. 

 

 

 

 

Course descriptions for each course are published in the university calendar (catalog), and reproduced here for reference.  Catalog course descriptions broadly describe course objectives, credit earned and prerequisites.  The course syllabi, provided in Section 11, are the more complete record of course content, objectives, assessment, and alignment to the content standards.

 

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Section 11 Syllabi

 

Provide a representative syllabus for each required course (those listed on Application Attachment 3 and referenced in the standards matrix).

 

 

 

 

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