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The School of Education mission is to serve LEARNERS through the ongoing development of professional educators and teacher candidates in a commitment to effective teaching.
Teacher Education Receives National Accreditation!
The Teacher Education Program at Lake Superior State University is awarded TEAC initial accreditation by the Inquiry Brief Commission of Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) for a period of five years, from 2013-2018. The accreditation does not include individual education courses offered to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.
The accreditation announcement was posted on the TEAC webpage on November 1, 2013. LSSU's status can also be found on the TEAC site at TEAC » TEAC Members.
The Teacher Education Program claim statements frame institutional expectations for our teacher candidates, and are used in defining all aspects of the curriuculum that produces competent, caring, and qualified teachers. Evidence from key assessments throughout the program is gathered, verified through audits and then evaluated for its consistency and sufficiency.
Teacher Education Program Claim Statements
- Candidates analyze and synthesize ideas, information, and data to make applications of subject knowledge in inquiry, problem solving, and critical thinking.
- Candidates demonstrate deep subject knowledge through their ability to engage learners in concepts and problem solving from multiple perspectives.
- Candidates intentionally infuse technological tools into curriculum, instruction and assessment to enhance differentiation, collaboration, and student achievement.
- Candidates respond to the results of self-evaluation and reflection for continued improvement in their implementation of research-based pedagogical practices that result in student learning.
- Candidates demonstrate professional dispositions throughout coursework, field experience, and student teaching.
- Candidates demonstrate commitment to equity and democracy in their active participation in learning communities at the university, school, and community levels.
- Candidates value the uniqueness of each individual through their commitment to learners and learner-centered processes.
21st Century Learning Environment Opens in CAS 102
Learners are starting to explore the new environment in CAS 102 this fall, with a few classes having been moved to the room for the remainder of the semester. Designed to promote the development of the 21st century skills of collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking in all disciplines, the room offers flexibility in how learners engage in developing the knowledge and skills for their future careers. Wireless access supports the BYOD (bring your own device) nature of the room.
Student Teaching Information Meetings
Students who anticipate being eligible to student teach in the 2014 - 2015 academic year must attend an information meeting this fall. Topics to be discussed include the overall purpose and design of student teaching, the application process and timeline, and the expectations of all members of the student teaching teams.
If you have not yet attended a Student Teaching Information Meeting, contact Brenda Cooper as soon as possible.
Questions or concerns? Please contact Dr. Donna Fiebelkorn.
Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Testing Alerts:
Changes for the 2013 - 2014 Test Year:
- The Professional Readiness Examination (PRE) will replace the Basic Skills Test in October 2013. The test code, 096, remains the same.
- The new Elementary Education test will be administered beginning in October 2013. The new test code is 103. This test will be an extended length test, consisting of 150 multiple-choice questions.
- The test objectives for these new tests are posted on the MTTC website, under the Prepare link.
Plan Ahead: All student teachers must receive a passing score on their Michigan Test for Teacher Certification subject test in their major area of concentration prior to beginning student teaching. Elementary level students must pass the Elementary MTTC; secondary level students must pass the specific test for their major.
Lake Superior State University Paper-based Test Dates for the 2013 - 2014 test year are October 5, 2013; April 12, 2014; and July 12, 2014. Note that the usual January test date is not available in Sault Ste Marie. LSSU is a testing center for the computer-based MTTC test dates.
Refer to the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification website www.mttc.nesinc.com for up-to-date information.
Early Childhood Education Programs
We are pleased that Assistant Professor Becky Davis has joined the School of Education faculty as the champion for all levels of preparation of early childhood educators. We have submitted our application to the Michigan Department of Education for our Early Childhood General and Special Education endorsement (ZS) for elementary teacher certification and expect to hear in the next few weeks as to the status of the application. As we revised courses to meet the ZS standards, we also focused on the associate and bachelor Early Childhood Education programs to align them with the National Association for the Education of the Young Child, Michigan Department of Education, and HeadStart standards. Curriculum changes for all three of the programs will be presented to the LSSU Curriculum Committee for approval this fall. More details regarding the proposed changes will be presented at upcoming School of Education and Early Childhood Education meetings.
Teacher Education Program Status with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE)
Lake Superior State University has improved to the Satisfactory level on the 2013 Teacher Preparation Institution Performance Score Report that was presented to the State Board of Education on August 13! While we continue to strive for an Exemplary rating, we are pleased with the improvement for this year. The hard work on the part of the students and faculty across the institution deserves recognition - congratulations!
In addition to the improvement shown on this report, we have also received positive initial feedback from the MDE-appointed Committee of Scholars when they visited campus in June 2013. Although we will continue under the Level 3 Corrective Action guidelines until there is a recommendation from the Committee regarding a change in status, we are able to begin work on reinstating the secondary English and Biology programs with a projected timeline of being able to recommend candidates for endorsements in these subjects beginning in Fall 2015. The Committee's second visit to campus is tentatively scheduled for February 2014, at which time they will review our continued progress.
Transition to the new Professional Education Sequence (EDUC courses) and the new Elementary Planned Program continues. Check your online degree audit to be sure you are on the correct version, and contact your academic advisor with any question. Degree audits with the approved changes to the Elementary Planned Program and to the Professional Education Sequences for all elementary and secondary programs have been posted on the Degree Audit page. A comparison of the existing and new program components for each level are found here: Elementary Program Revision Secondary Program Revision
EDUC423 Arts Methods for Elementary Teachers and EDUC424 Health/Physical Education Methods for Elementary Teachers are required for elementary education students who will graduate in Spring 2014 and later. Students should contact their education advisor if they have questions regarding this requirement.
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M.O.R.E Michigan Online Resources for Educators - putting more Tech in TEaCHing
view the many resources focused on educators at http://more.mel.org