The major purpose of the professional education programs in teacher education is to prepare candidates for teaching in pre-school, and in elementary and secondary schools. Preparation is also provided for teachers of students with mild to moderate disabilities in public schools under the special education mild/moderate license. The department prepares students for endorsements in Mathematics, ESL (English as a Second Language), Bilingual, Basic Reading (graduate level only), and Education of the Gifted (graduate level only). All programs are approved by the Utah State Board of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and Northwest/North Central Associations.
The preparation for teaching falls academically within four major categories: University General Education, support courses, subject specialization, and professional education.
Professional course work in the program is organized into sequential levels. As students move through the program, they are required to demonstrate in a variety of ways the knowledge, skills and dispositions that embody the department's organizing theme and program model.
It is important that interested students contact the Teacher Education Advisement Center (ED 230) as quickly as they decide to become a teacher. Specific program admission requirements, required courses, and recommended general education course work are available.
The Department of Teacher Education's conceptual framework theme is "Student Achievement: Students, Teachers, & Communities Working Together." The model that illustrates the program's purposes, philosophy, outcomes and evaluation is represented by an easel, at the center of which are three overlapping components: Reflecting, Engaging, and Collaborating. The program standards are performance-based: that is, they describe what teachers should know and be able to do in order to be awarded a license. Course outcomes and objectives are geared around the conceptual framework. Students may view the conceptual framework, INTASC Standards and the critical performances for each level on the teacher education Web site (http://departments.weber.edu/teachereducation).
Admission to the Teacher Education Programs is a separate process from general university admission. The Teacher Education programs maintain a competitive admissions process. A specific number of applicants are provisionally admitted each semester after having made application and met the minimum admission criteria listed below. Meeting the minimum requirements only qualifies a student to be considered for admission. Students are admitted two times per year: fall semester and spring semester. Applicants are evaluated using a 100 point system: 30 points maximum for GPA; 30 points maximum for the Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP); 40 points maximum for interview/biographical statement.
The Professional Education component of the Special Education major and the Elementary Education major requires four semesters to complete. Therefore, it is very important that candidates have completed the General Education requirements and have taken at least some of the required Support Courses prior to entering the program. Because of possible scheduling difficulties, failure to do so could mean spending an extra semester (or more) in completing the program.
- Those intending to teach Special Education or teach at the elementary level, please note:
The Professional Education component of the Secondary Education program requires two semesters to complete. Therefore, it is very important that candidates have completed the General Education requirements and most of the teaching major and minor requirements prior to entering the program. Because of possible scheduling difficulties, failure to do so could mean spending an extra semester (or more) in completing the program.
- Those intending to teach at the secondary level, please note:
The Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency Test (CAAP) tests reading, mathematics, writing, and critical thinking. Each are separate standardized achievement tests designed to measure basic proficiency in these areas and require 40 minutes for completion.
The Reading test measures student achievement in reading comprehension, using questions based on reading selections in prose fiction, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Each passage is accompanied by a set of multiple-choice questions that require students to derive meaning, manipulate information, make comparisons and generalizations, and draw conclusions. The Mathematics test measures the development of math skills generally. The test emphasizes the solution of quantitative problems encountered in many algebra courses and also beginning-level trigonometry and calculus. The test stresses applications and quantitative reasoning. The Writing test is assessed in two ways. The multiple-choice Writing Skills Test is an indirect measure of writing skills. The Writing (Essay) Test offers a direct approach to the measurement of writing skills. The Critical Thinking Test measures the ability to clarify, analyze, evaluate, and extend arguments. The total cost of the tests is $55.00. Study guides are available at the testing center or online at act.org/caap.
Dual Licensure is a possibility for a student who desires to qualify to teach at early childhood and elementary, or elementary and secondary levels. Ordinarily, this requires two or more semesters of work beyond that required for the single license.
Returning Early Childhood Education students desiring the dual licensure in Elementary Education must complete at least one Exceptional Child course (usually EDUC DV3260 The Exceptional Student).
The Departments of Child and Family Studies and Teacher Education offer a major in Early Childhood Education with licensure for teaching in programs which serve children from age three through eight years of age (pre-school - grade 3). Requirements are listed under the Department of Child and Family Studies. See Room ED 248 for additional information.
Students preparing to teach in first through sixth grade graduate with a major in Elementary Education. Elementary Education majors select either two 9-hour or one 18-hour concentration(s) or a teaching minor that permits the student to teach the minor through eighth grade.
The Teacher Education Advisement Center and faculty advisors from the Department of Teacher Education are available to advise prospective teachers. A program requirement sheet is available from the Teacher Education Advisement Center in Room 230 in the McKay Education Building. It is to the student's advantage to begin program planning early.
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