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The mission of the Lake Superior State University School of Education is to promote the development of educational innovators who embrace diversity and are committed to the success of all learners.
Teacher Education Receives Satisfactory Phase 0 Rating!
LSSU’s Teacher Education Program’s overall score of 90.6 on the 2014 Michigan Educator Preparation Institution (EPI) Score Report was the fifth highest among the 33 EPIs in the state. That score put the program into the highest category, Satisfactory, and the highest phase, 0, which means that no corrective actions are required. This is the first time since 2009 that Lake State’s Teacher Education Program has not been under corrective action with the Michigan Department of Education.
Of particular note, LSSU’s pass rate on the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification was 93, the fifth highest in the state, and the teacher effectiveness rating score was 85.4, the fourth highest in the state. The teacher effectiveness rating score was generated using the effectiveness labels reported in the teacher evaluation data that is captured by the Registry of Educational Personnel each year. Teachers at Michigan public schools are rated as Highly Effective, Effective, Minimally Effective or Ineffective, according to several factors including student academic growth. Effectiveness data for LSSU-prepared teachers in their first three years of teaching was factored into the rating, indicating that those grads almost all earned Highly Effective or Effective ratings while employed in Michigan public schools within five years of graduation.
Early Childhood Education Program Update
The early childhood education curriculum has been revised to meet the National Association for the Education of Young Children standards for professional preparation, the Michigan Department of Education standards of quality for prekindergarten and teacher certification standards. There are three options available to students interested in a career working with young children:
Associate in Early Childhood Education: Graduates are prepared to be
highly qualified paraprofessionals for public schools, assistant teachers for state funded preschools and Head Start programs or for caregivers in infant-toddlers Early Head Start. Students earning an associate degree can transition to a bachelor degree easily by applying associate degree credits toward the bachelor program.
Bachelor in Early Childhood Education: Graduates are prepared to provide high quality education and care for children birth through age eight in a variety of settings. Students will be qualified to work as lead teachers and directors in private early childhood programs, state funded preschool programs, such as Great Start Readiness preschool and federally funded Head Start programs.
Bachelor in Elementary Education with an Early Childhood Education concentration: Graduates are eligible for an elementary teaching certificate with an endorsement in early childhood education (ZS), which qualifies them to teach children birth through age eight in preschool and Head Starts, and general and special education students in preschool through grade 2. Earning the specialization in early childhood provides specific teaching strategies needed to respond to the challenges of teaching the youngest children in developmentally appropriate ways while setting them on a life long course for success.
Special Education - Learning Disabilities Candidates Prepare for Student Teaching
The first cohort of candidates in the Special Education - Learning Disabilities program will begin their student teaching experience in fall 2014. This program, that expands the basic elementary education program to prepare teachers to work with students with learning disabilities from kindergarten through grade 12, has a full-year of student teaching, as candidates are placed in a general education classroom for one semester and a special education classroom for the second semester. Graduates are prepared for elementary-level teacher certification in Michigan, which permits individuals to teach in self-contained classrooms at grades K-8, and in all subjects at grade K-5, as well as a Learning Disabilities endorsement for grades K-12. Individuals may also qualify to teach the subject of an optional academic minor in grades 6-8.
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.
Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Testing Alerts:
2014 - 2015 Updates
- The Professional Readiness Examination (PRE) replaced the Basic Skills Test in October 2013. The test code, 096, remains the same.
- The new Elementary Education test began 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 2014 - 2015 test year are:
October 11 - regular registration deadline September 5, 2014
April 18 - regular registration deadline March 6, 2015
July 11 - regular registration deadline May 29, 2015
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.
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M.O.R.E Michigan Online Resources for Educators - putting more Tech in TEaCHing
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