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Master of Arts: Curriculum and Instruction

Assessment 

The SOE will collect and archive information on individual candidate performance and satisfaction.  These data may include candidate GPA, time to completion, satisfaction, endorsements added, review of curricular units, and reports of internal/external program evaluators.  Each candidate will present a capstone public presentation, and stand for an oral defense before the candidate’s graduate committee.  Each candidate will be periodically assessed at predetermined points in the program:

1. Admissions requirements (to assess that the candidate has an established record of meeting the Michigan entry level standards for Michigan teachers.

A. Successful Entry

  1.  GPA—2.8 or higher
  2.  Essay—proficient rating or higher
  3.  Interview—proficient rating or higher
  4.  Letters of recommendation
  5. Entry examination—proficient rating or higher
  6.  Application form(s) completed

B. Unsuccessful Entry

1. Candidate has not met minimal requirements in any area of the admissions’ process.  Candidate will be notified via letter that application has been rejected; entry denied

2. After 12 completed hours of the program:  Checkpoint A 

A. Satisfactory:  minimal GPA must be 3.00; must have satisfactory responses on Standards for Professional and Ethical Behavior; satisfactorily completed a proposal for the capstone research project (TE 695)—Continue in program

B. Unsatisfactory:  Repeat courses below “B-”; and/or successfully complete a Plan of Assistance for Professional Behavior; and/or work with advisor to satisfactorily complete the proposal for the capstone research project; and/or a combination of these measures at remediation—at successful completion of remediation, continue in program

3. After 24 hours of the program:  Checkpoint B 

A. Satisfactory:  minimal GPA must be 3.00; must have satisfactory responses on Standards for Professional and Ethical Behavior; approval of advisor on progress on capstone research project

B. Unsatisfactory:  Repeat courses below “B-”; and/or successfully complete a Plan of Assistance for Professional and Ethical Behavior; and/or work with advisor to satisfactorily complete the proposal for the capstone research project; and/or a combination of these measures at remediation—at successful completion of remediation, continue in program

4. After 32 hours of the program:  Final Assessments 

A. Satisfactory:  minimal GPA must be 3.00; must have satisfactory responses on Standards for Professional and Ethical Behavior; approval of advisor on completion of capstone research project; successful completion of final oral exam

B. Unsatisfactory:  Repeat courses below “B-”; and/or successfully complete a Plan of Assistance for Professional and Ethical Behavior; and/or work with advisor to satisfactorily complete the capstone research project, and/or one repeat of final oral exam for successful completion

At the course level, we will evaluate courses individually through student evaluations, faculty review and feedback, and alignment with state level content standards.  Students will be assigned letter grades for curriculum units and projects in those courses, and must achieve a minimum grade of B- to receive graduate credit. All syllabuses for program must align learning objectives with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards’ five domains.  At the programmatic level, the SOE will follow the protocols implemented for the recent university-level NCA self-study.

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