Accreditation - Teacher Education Unit Review

Michigan Technological University
Michigan State Board of Education/Michigan Department of Education

2004 INSTITUTIONAL REPORT

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Response Matrix

Michigan State Board of Education/Michigan Department of Education
Office of Professional Preparation Services
Periodic Review/Program Evaluation

Michigan Specific Standards/Rules/Guidelines

Initial Teacher Preparation |  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5 

Content Studies |  1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5  |  6  |  7  |  8 

Field Experiences

Requirements Possible Sources of Evidence Institution's Response
Initial Teacher Preparation
1. The preparation program ensures that individuals recommended for certification have an acquaintance with the substance, concepts, and methods of the principal areas of human knowledge, and skills essential to communication and inquiry in modern society, by requiring not less than 40 semester hours in a program of general or liberal education. [See Rule 390.1122 (1).]
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Catalog pages showing general education program requirements

Response 1.

2. The preparation program ensures that individuals recommended for certification have completed 20 semester hours of theoretical and practical knowledge in the following fields:
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 a. How human beings grow and how they learn. Elementary preparation shall focus on the developmental needs of preadolescents and early adolescents. Secondary preparation focuses on the developmental needs of early adolescents and adolescents. All study includes the needs of the exceptional child, including those with handicapping conditions; the gifted and talented; and those with cultural differences; and Catalog pages showing teacher preparation program requirements

Response 2.a

 b. The structure, function, and purposes of educational institutions in our society. Catalog pages showing teacher preparation program requirements

Response 2.b

3. The preparation program addresses the Michigan State Board of Education 1993 "Entry-Level Standards for Michigan Teachers," including:
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 a. An understanding and appreciation of the liberal arts (the humanities, the social sciences, the mathematical and natural sciences, and the arts); Catalog pages showing teacher preparation program requirements

See 1. above. Requirements are in the catalog (2002-2004 edition) at, beginning on p. 142. In addition to the university’s general education requirements, all students seeking certification must complete PSY2000, Principles of Psychology, a foundational course in the behavioral sciences.

 b. An understanding of the commitment to student learning and achievement; Catalog pages showing teacher preparation program requirements

Response 3.b

 c. A knowledge of the assigned subject areas and how to teach those subjects; Highlighted syllabi from required courses

Response 3.c

 d. An ability to manage and monitor student learning; Highlighted syllabi from required courses

Response 3.d

 e. An ability to systematically organize teaching practices and to learn from experience; and, Highlighted syllabi from required courses

Response 3.e

 f. A commitment to participation in learning communities. Highlighted syllabi from required courses

Response 3.f

 g. An ability to use information technology to enhance learning and to enhance personal and professional productivity. Highlighted syllabi from required courses

Response 3.g

4. The preparation program ensures that before individuals engage in student teaching, the individuals demonstrate (from Section 1531b The Revised School Code):
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 a. High academic achievement, Summary of requirements and grade point average

Response 4.a

 b. Successful group work with children (as a condition for admission to the teacher preparation curriculum), Entry requirements for teacher preparation

Successful group work with children is a condition for admission to the Education program at Michigan Tech. Applicants document their compliance with the requirement in their portfolios. Compliance is verified by the Certification Officer before admission to the program is granted.

 c. Knowledge of research-based teaching, and Highlighted syllabi from required courses

Response 4.c

 d. Working knowledge of modern technology and use of computers. Highlighted syllabi from required courses

Response 4.d

5. State Board of Education guidelines, policies and programs and recent legislative requirements (such as the following items listed) are studied as part of the preparation program.
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 a. Entry-Level Standards for Michigan Teachers (Michigan State Board of Education, 1993, 1998). Highlighted syllabi from required courses

Response 5.a

 b. Administrative Rules Governing the Certification of Michigan Teachers. Highlighted syllabi from required courses

ED3210 includes a presentation on administrative rules, plus discussion and a handout. The Student Teaching Handbook provides students with information on the administrative rules.

 c. Michigan Test for Teacher Certification, including test objectives. Highlighted syllabi from required courses

ED3210 includes a course presentation on MTTC. This includes availability of the current MTTC registration bulletin, the MTTC web site, and the location of on-campus and web-based test objectives/study guides. The Student Teaching Application Form notifies and ascertains that students have successfully completed the MTTC Basic Skills. The Department of Education Checklist, used when a student requests Michigan licensing, ascertains that students have successfully completed the MTTC Subject Area tests needed for their certification major and minor.

 d. The Revised School Code (1996). Highlighted syllabi from required courses

ED3210 incorporates a presentation on the Revised School Code.

 e. Administrative Rules for Special Education (1996). Highlighted syllabi from required courses

ED3110 students are expected to understand typical and atypical development of children. They must understand the strategies and have the attitudes to work with special needs children in inclusive settings. The topic is normally taught in weeks 4 and 5 of the semester. The following topics are covered: why understanding exceptional learners is important; principles of legislative mandates; the nature and impact of disabilities on development; and working with families of children with needs; and working with children with disabilities; development of IES/IFSP goals and objectives. Class activities include simulation and discussion.

 f. Michigan Curriculum Framework Highlighted syllabi from required courses

Response 5.f

 g. Portions of the School Code pertaining to criminal activity:  

 

  1.) Section 1230 (criminal records check by State Police/FBI); Highlighted syllabi from required courses

The Student Teaching Handbook provides students with relevant information.

  2.) Sections 1535a, 1539a, and 1539b (Requirements for reporting, notification, criminal conviction and suspension); and, Highlighted syllabi from required courses

The Student Teaching Handbook provides students with relevant information.

  3.) Section 1809 (certificate fraud). Highlighted syllabi from required courses

The Student Teaching Handbook provides students with relevant information.

 h. Procedures for certificate denial, suspension, revocation, and reinstatement (Administrative Rules Governing the Certification of Teachers Part 10). Highlighted syllabi from required courses

The Student Teaching Handbook provides students with relevant information.

 i. Public Act 25 (School Improvement). Highlighted syllabi from required courses

PA25 is a presentation topic and subject of discussion in ED3210.

 j. Michigan State Board of Education Policy Statement on Multicultural Education (August 1992). Highlighted syllabi from required courses

Response 5.j

 k. Michigan Alternative Routes to Teacher Certification (MARTC). Highlighted syllabi from required courses

ED3210 includes a class presentation on alternative routes to certification.

Content Studies
1. Form X (Programs Offered for Certification/Endorsement) is complete and accurate. Advanced preparation programs are identified. (See definition in Glossary of NCATE Standards, Procedures and Policies, 1995.)
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Form X

2. (Rule 390.1126) Programs for State Elementary Provisional Certificates ensure that candidates complete:
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 a. Requirements of Rule 390.1122 (not less than 40 semester hours in a program of general or liberal education) (See details under I.B.). Catalog pages showing general education program requirements

Does not apply. No elementary certification program.

 b. Requirements of Rule 390.1123 (20 hours of theoretical and practical knowledge, including six hours of directed teaching. Catalog pages showing teacher preparation program requirements

Does not apply. No elementary certification program.

c. A major of not less than 30 semester hours or a group major of 36 semester hours, and a planned program of 20 semester hours in other fields deemed appropriate to elementary education; or…

Three minors of not less than 20 semester hours each, two of which shall be in substantive fields which may include a group minor of 24 semester hours and one of which may be a planned program of 20 semester hours in a combination of methods and content appropriate to elementary education. (See Rule 390.1126.)

Catalog pages showing teacher preparation program requirements

Does not apply. No elementary certification program.

 d. Six semester hours in the teaching of reading, including developmental reading, management of reading instruction, and reading in the content areas. Catalog pages showing teacher preparation program requirements

Does not apply. No elementary certification program.

3. (Rule 390.1127) Programs for State Secondary Provisional Certificates ensure that candidates complete:
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 a. Requirements of Rule 390.1122 (not less than 40 semester hours in a program of general or liberal education.) (See details under Initial Teacher Preparation.) Catalog pages showing general education program requirements

Students complete 13 credits of core courses in general education, 15 distribution electives, and 12 credits of mathematics and science, for a total of 40 semester credits (see Initial Teacher Preparation 1. above).

 b. Requirements of Rule 390.1123 (20 hours of theoretical and practical knowledge, including six semester hours of directed teaching.) Catalog pages showing teacher preparation program requirements

All students seeking certification must complete 3 credits of psychology, 3 credits of educational psychology, 2 credits of Foundations of Education, 4 credits of Literacy in the Content Areas, 2 credits of Instructional Technology, 1 credit of Clinical Experience, 3 credits of teaching methods (Fundamentals of Instruction), 2-4 credits of content-specific teaching methods, and 12 credits of student teaching, for a minimum of 32 semester credits (see Initial Teacher Preparation 1. above). Requirements are summarized for students on the department website.

 c.  

 

  (1) A major of not less than 30 semester hours or a group major of 36 semester hours. Catalog pages showing teacher preparation program requirements

Requirements for all secondary certification areas are substantially higher than the 30 credit minimum. All major and group major requirements can be accessed at the department website.

  (2) A minor of 20 semester hours or a group minor of 24 semester hours. Catalog pages showing teacher preparation program requirements

All teaching minors require at least 20 semester credits. Minor requirements are shown at the department website.

  (3) Three semester hours in the teaching of reading (including studies in reading in the content areas). Catalog pages showing teacher preparation program requirements

All students must complete ED/HU4150 (Literacy in the Content Areas), which is 4 semester credits.

4. Credit to obtain one major/minor is not used to obtain another major/minor, except in permissible areas such as special education and bilingual education. (See Rule 390.1128, which applies to already certificated persons.)
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Documents covering institution’s policies

This restriction is included in the description of the program and is on the department website in the teacher preparation program.

5. Programs that prepare candidates for K-12 endorsements have appropriate components. (Specify)
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Form XX for relevant programs

Michigan Tech offers no K-12 endorsements.

6. Appropriate program standards have been used to guide the program. (If the State Board of Education (SBE) has approved standards for the content area, those standards must be addressed.)

The program areas where standards have been adopted by the SBE are listed on the form Program Requirements Adopted by the Michigan State Board of Education or Defined by Administrative Rule.

School Psychologist programs must meet the requirements of Rule 380.201 (September 1, 1992).
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Specialty Program documentation

All content area majors and minors are designed to meet SBE approved standards. These include
DA (Biology)
DC (Chemistry)
DE (Physics)
DH (Earth/Space Science)
BA (English)
RX (Social Studies)
(Economics)
EX (Mathematics)
NR (Computer Science)
TX (Technology and Design): ITEA Standards for Technological Literacy
GX (Business)
DI (Integrated Science) – MDE approval pending.

7. Group areas leading to an ?X? code endorsement must include a fair balance of the various areas subsumed in that field.

AX Communication Arts
BX Language Arts
DX Science
EX Mathematics
GX Business Education
HX Agricultural Education
IX Industrial Technology
JX Music Education
LX Art Education
MX Health, Physical Education, Recreation (and Dance)
OX Fine Arts
PX Humanities
RX Social Studies
TX Technology and Design
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Form XX for relevant programs

All group areas have the required balance among constituent fields. Requirements can be viewed at:

EX (Mathematics)

RX (Social Studies)

TX (Technology and Design)

DI (Integrated Science) – MDE approval pending.

8. Files of certification candidates contain appropriate documentation, including transcripts, letters of recommendation, Michigan Test for Teacher Certification scores, and criminal records check.
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List of file contents

Tracking sheet includes MTTC scores, major and minor, address, email, phone number, transcripts, application to the department, conviction statement, dean of students memo, letter of acceptance, degree audit forms, student teaching application, snapshots, emergency data forms, midterm evaluations, final evaluations.

Field Experiences
The institution provides institutional supervision for a minimum of six semester hours (of the required 20 semester hours of theoretical and practical knowledge) in directed teaching at the level for which the program prepares candidates for certification. [See Rule 390.1123(2).]
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Institution’s requirements for student teaching

To be certified, each student must complete 12 credits of ED4910, Directed Teaching, at the secondary school level. Placement in area schools is full-time for a minimum of 12 weeks.

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