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DEPARTMENT OF TEACHER EDUCATION

The primary mission of the Lander University Department of Teacher Education is the development of each student as a Professional Educator. In an ethical, caring environment, the Professional Education Unit seeks to empower and encourage students to become competent professionals, lifelong learners and responsible citizens. The programs within the Professional Education Unit are designed to help students gain knowledge, skills and preferred dispositions that characterize Professional Educators. All Teacher Education Programs are accredited by the appropriate specialty professional association and the unit is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

All teacher education programs at Lander University are guided by Lander's conceptual framework for teacher education. This framework provides direction for programs, courses, teaching and teacher candidate assessment. The following four broad learner outcomes, and associate elements, delineate expectations for all teacher education candidates.

The Professional Educator demonstrates these Learner Outcomes:

Learner Outcome #1: The Professional Educator integrates content knowledge and skills of scholarly inquiry to teach all students.

1.1 Candidate demonstrates a command of appropriate knowledge of content area(s) subject matter. 1.2 Candidate implements standards of content area appropriately on a regular basis. 1.3 Candidate provides developmentally and age appropriate activities that address physical, cognitive, social and

emotional needs. 1.4 Candidate structures content to make connections among content areas for contextualized, meaningful learning.

Learner Outcome #2: The Professional Educator plans, provides and assesses learning experiences that are supported by research, knowledge of best practice and professional standards.

2.1 Candidate demonstrates use and adaptation of Long Range Plans to reflect students' needs and interests within the logical sequence of the curriculum.

2.2 Candidate demonstrates the use of Short Range Plans that are prepared ahead of time, align state standards with goals and objectives of discipline and provide a clear connection to prior and future learning.

2.3 Candidate demonstrates use of a variety of formal and informal assessments to measure student learning on a regular basis. Accurate records are maintained and evidence of use for future planning is present.

2.4 Candidate communicates expectations for student achievement with opportunities for additional support and student choice provided through varied assignments.

2.5 Candidate demonstrates a variety of appropriate instructional strategies that are used effectively to meet the needs of diverse learners including multimedia and technology.

2.6 Candidate uses multiple resources for teaching that are accurate, current and diverse with evidence of deliberate attempts to respect diverse perspectives in delivering content.

2.7 Candidate delivers specific and appropriate instructional feedback that results in student learning and displays a general understanding of the changing dynamics of the learning environment.

2.8 Candidate creates and maintains a safe, positive emotional and physical environment that is conducive to learning through active engagement of students and the display of a caring attitude.

2.9 Candidate ensures standards of conduct are clear, reviews and prompts behaviors when appropriate and uses preventative discipline techniques, instructional and non-instructional time effectively.

Learner Outcome #3: The Professional Educator communicates and collaborates with diverse populations (students, educators, families, and community members) exhibiting professional behaviors and dispositions.

3.1 Oral and written communication is generally correct, accurate, clear and relevant to the listening or reading audience (students, educators, families, and community members).

3.2 Candidate demonstrates professional responsibilities and behaviors (e.g. appearance, attendance, punctuality, confidentiality, etc.) in interactions with students, educators, families, and community members that support the learning environment.

3.3 Candidate demonstrates professional dispositions (initiative, responsibility, self-control and flexibility) in interactions with students, families, community and colleagues.

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Learner Outcome #4: The Professional Educator engages in reflection and professional development to foster student learning and inform instructional decisions.

4.1 Candidate systematically uses assessments that are appropriate to evaluate student learning before, during and after instruction to assess impact of instruction and provides evidence of positive impact on student learning.

4.2 Candidate recognizes effectiveness of lessons and notes strengths and weaknesses. Candidate uses the reflective cycle to implement change in the teaching-learning process as evidenced by lesson reflections and modifications.

4.3 Candidate is involved in professional opportunities, uses available resources to develop as a reflective professional and intentionally advocates for educational values.

Department of Teacher Education Preferred Dispositions

Each semester, Teacher Candidates are assessed using these learner outcomes and preferred dispositions and must embrace and demonstrate the knowledge, skills and preferred dispositions set forth by the conceptual framework. The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) defines dispositions as "values, commitments, and professional ethics that influence behaviors toward students, families, colleagues, and communities and affect student learning, motivation, and development as well as the educator's own growth and professional development." Teacher Candidates are expected to exhibit exemplary dispositions.

Teacher Candidate dispositions are documented and evaluated each semester. In order to ensure the quality of the Teacher Education program, Teacher Candidates who exhibit unacceptable dispositions may be removed from the program. The Department of Teacher Education expects its Teacher Candidates to exhibit the following dispositions:

1. The Teacher Candidate demonstrates a commitment to Lander's Department of Teacher Education and its school and professional partners by:

a. Being punctual for classes and clinical experiences b. Completing all readings and assignments. c. Communicating honestly with instructors and supervisors d. Dressing in a professional manner. e. Using standard oral language that is appropriate to its audience. f. Using standard written language that is appropriate to its audience. g. Taking responsibility for one's behavior.

2. The Teacher Candidate demonstrates a commitment to student learning by:

a. Treating all students in an equitable manner. b. Respecting diversity in abilities, learning styles and cultures. c. Exhibiting a caring attitude. d. Exhibiting enthusiasm for the learning process. e. Protecting the health and safety of students. f. Communicating effectively with families. g. Advocating for students

3. The Teacher Candidate demonstrates a commitment to the profession by: a. Being prepared for all tasks and functions of the workplace. b. Maintaining confidentiality. c. Seeking advice and feedback. d. Being a reflective practitioner. e. Collaborating with others. f. Presenting one's qualifications with honesty. g. Participating in opportunities for professional development.

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Undergraduate Teacher Education Programs

Students may take courses leading to teacher certification in a variety of fields including early childhood education, elementary education, special education, secondary content areas, and PK-12 education. Students should consult with their academic advisors early in their college careers to ensure all required courses are completed.

Student Eligibility Guidelines

The student planning to complete a teacher education program should be aware of state laws and regulations governing teacher certification. Although the administration of Lander University attempts to incorporate all such laws and regulations within the programs described in the University catalog, there always exists the likelihood that the State Board of Education will take action on teacher certification matters not addressed in the catalog. A teacher education major is required to complete the major program and teacher education requirements under the catalog current at the time of his or her admission to the teacher education program or any appropriate subsequent catalog and to meet all state regulations governing teacher certification.

Students are encouraged to discuss the teacher education program and teacher certification with their advisors on a regular basis. Students are also invited to discuss these issues with the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education.

Students enrolled in an undergraduate program leading to initial certification must meet specific requirements to enter into and progress through the teacher education program. Progression through the Teacher Education program occurs in four stages: (1) Initial Status (freshman year), (2) Provisional Status (sophomore year), (3) Formal Status (junior year) and (4) Candidate Status (senior year). Program specific requirements must be met before students move from one stage to the next. The progression for each program is explained below. (Transfer and second degree students please note special sections.)

Students enrolled in Early Childhood, Elementary, or Special Education:

Requirements for students will to move from the Initial (Freshmen) Status to Provisional (Sophomore) Status if the following requirements are met:

1. Submit a passing score on at least one section of PRAXIS Core (reading, writing and math) no later than by August 1 prior to beginning of sophomore.

PRAXIS Core Exemptions: ? Students scoring 22 on the ACT, 1100 on the redesigned SAT (Evidence-based Reading and Writing and Math), or 1650 on the three-part SAT (Math, Reading and Writing) in lieu of PRAXIS Core may exempt all three subtests of PRAXIS core. ACT Core Score of 22 exempts all 3 sections of PRAXIS Core. ? Students with a score of 550 on the Evidence-based Reading and Writing portion of the SAT may exempt the Reading and Writing subtests of PRAXIS Core. SAT 1650 (Math, Reading, and Writing) exempts all 3 sections of PRAXIS Core. ? Students with a score of 550 on the Math portion of the redesigned SAT may exempt the Math subtest of PRAXIS Core. SAT 1100 (Evidence-Based Reading, Writing, and Math) exempts all 3 sections of PRAXIS Core. ? Students who earned a score of at least 22 on the ACT English Test may exempt the Reading and Writing subtests of PRAXIS Core. PRAXIS Math: ACT Math Score of 22; or SAT Math Score of 550. ? Students who earned a score of at least 22 on the ACT Math Test may exempt the Mathematics subtest of PRAXIS Core. PRAXIS Reading and Writing: ACT English Test Score of 22; or SAT Reading and Writing Score of 550.

2. Complete EDUC 210 and EDUC 106 with a "B" or higher and demonstrate at target professional behaviors and dispositions in this course.

3. Complete EDUC 106.Field Experience with a "B" or higher and demonstrate at target professional behaviors and dispositions in this experience.

3. Successfully complete an oral interview with Teacher Education faculty

4. Demonstrate at target professional behaviors and dispositions at all times.

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Students not meeting one or more of the requirements will not progress to Provisional Status and should meet with their advisor to discuss options.

Requirements for students to will move from the Provisional (Sophomore) Status to Formal Junior Status: if the following requirements are met:

1. Maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA on Lander coursework prior to beginning of Junior year. by the end of the second summer session

2. Submit a passing score on all 3 sections of PRAXIS Core by August 1 prior to beginning of Junior year or meet the PRAXIS Core Exemptions above. Complete EDUC 223 and EDUC 321 (ELEM/SPED) or MONT 474 (ECE) with a "B" or higher and at target professional behaviors and dispositions

3. ELEM/SPED Majors: Complete EDUC 206, Field Experience and EDUC 207, Field Experience EDUC 223, and EDUC 321 with a "B" or higher and demonstrate at target professional behaviors and dispositions in these experiences

4. ECED/ Majors: Complete EDUC 206, EDUC 207, EDUC 223, and MONT 474 with a "B" or higher. Submit and earn a passing score on the Sophomore Portfolio

5. Demonstrate at target professional behaviors and dispositions

Students not meeting one or more of the requirements will not progress to Formal Status and should meet with their advisor to discuss options.

Requirements for students to will move from the Formal (Junior) Status to Candidate (Senior) Status: if the following requirements are met:

1. Maintain a minimum 2.75 GPA on Lander coursework prior to beginning of Junior year by the end of the second summer session

2. Submit Provide evidence of obtaining a passing score on PRAXIS II by August 1 prior to beginning of Senior year

3. Complete EDUC 329, SPED 3229, or ECED 329 EDUC/ECED/SPED 329.Field Experience with a "B" or higher and demonstrate at target average professional behaviors and dispositions in this experience

4. Demonstrate at target professional behaviors and dispositions at all times 5. Complete University General Education FALS requirement

Students not meeting one or more of the requirements will not progress to Candidate Status.

Students enrolled in Secondary or PK-12: Initial Level (First Year)

1. Participate in initial Advising and Induction. 2. Take PRAXIS Core or exempt with 22 ACT or 1100 SAT score. 3. Maintain a 3.0 GPA in all professional courses; achieve a grade of "B" or higher in each field experience;

achieve a grade of "C" or higher in all EDUC, ECED, and SPED courses (see catalog for further details, including each department's GPA requirements within the specific content area).

Provisional Level (Second Year) 1. Complete Initial Level requirements. 2. Complete a SLED check. 3. Display professional dispositions and behavior at target levels. 4. Obtain a minimum 2.75 GPA on Lander coursework; maintain a 3.0 GPA in all professional courses; achieve a grade of "B" or higher in each field experience; achieve a grade of "C" or higher in all EDUC, ECED, and SPED courses (see catalog for further details, including each department's GPA requirements within the specific content area). 5. Pass PRAXIS Core or exempt with 22 ACT or 1100 SAT score. 6. Submit Sophomore Portfolio. 7. Gather and submit references. 8. Successfully complete an (April) oral interview with Teacher Education faculty. 9. Successfully complete other reviews as required by departments in specific content areas.

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Formal Level (Third Year) 1. Complete Provisional Level requirements. 2. Display professional dispositions and behavior at target levels. 3. Obtain a minimum 2.75 GPA on Lander coursework; maintain a 3.0 GPA in all professional courses; achieve a grade of "B" or higher in each field experience; achieve a grade of "C" or higher in all EDUC, ECED, and SPED courses (see catalog for further details, including each department's GPA requirements within the specific content area). 4. Participate in Induction and Pinning Ceremony. 5. Successfully complete departmental requirements for PRAXIS II. 6. Successfully complete other departmental requirements, reviews, projects, or milestones.

Candidate Level (Fourth Year) 1. Complete Formal Level requirements. 2. Complete FALS requirements before student teaching semester. 3. Enter candidacy with formal admission to the teacher education program. 4. Display professional dispositions and behavior at target levels. 5. Obtain a minimum 2.75 GPA on Lander coursework; maintain a 3.0 GPA in all professional courses; achieve a grade of "B" or higher in each field experience; achieve a grade of "C" or higher in all EDUC, ECED, and SPED courses (see catalog for further details, including each department's GPA requirements within the specific content area). 6. Successfully complete departmental requirements for PRAXIS II. 7. Successfully complete departmental requirements for PLT. 8. Successfully complete other departmental requirements, reviews, projects, or milestones.

Criteria Governing Admission to Clinical Practice (Student Teaching)

To be recommended for clinical practice, a student must:

1. Meet all requirements to progress to Candidate Level Status.

2. Submit an application for Student Teaching Approval and Initial Certification and required documentation to the State Department of Education six (6) months prior to scheduled student teaching semester.

Fall clinical practice applications are due February 15th.

Spring clinical practice applications are due by June 15th.

Late applications cannot be accepted.

3. Submit an additional Student Teacher Placement Request Form to the Field Experience Coordinator by the second Monday in September for spring clinical practice and the second Monday in February for fall clinical practice.

4. Complete all general education courses. If more than two general education courses have not been completed, approval by the Dean of the College of Education and the dean of the student's academic major is required.

5. Be approved by the Unit Faculty.

Students who fail to meet these criteria and are not granted admission to clinical practice will have the right to request an appeal through the Teacher Preparation Assessment Sub-Committee. Such requests will be directed to the Sub-Committee through the Dean of the College of Education.

Criteria Governing Submission of Recommendation for South Carolina Certification South Carolina requires all applicants for teacher licensure to successfully complete a criminal background check. South Carolina /Teacher Licensure requirements can be found at Additional criteria include:

1. Successful completion of all program requirements.

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2. A grade of "B" or higher must be earned in Clinical Practice.

3. Minimum GPA of 2.75.

4. Satisfactory performance on:

a. South Carolina performance assessment instrument for teacher candidates;

b. PRAXIS II specialty subject test or the State-Sponsored Testing Program for the proposed area(s) of certification; and

c. State-required Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) for area of certification.

5. Demonstrating "Target" or "Exceeds Target" level of competence in all learner outcomes on the Clinical Practice Final Assessment.

Although failure to meet the above GPA and testing requirement will not preclude a student from receiving a baccalaureate degree, a student cannot be recommended for South Carolina certification without meeting these requirements. Lander University offers teacher education programs that have been approved by the State Board of Education in the following areas:

Certification Areas Art (PK-12) Chemistry Education (Secondary) (9-12) Early Childhood (PK-3) Elementary (2-6) English (Secondary) (9-12) Mathematics (Secondary) (9-12) Music (choral, instrumental, or keyboard) (PK-12) Physical Education (PK-12) Social Studies - History (Secondary) (9-12) Special Education (Multi-categorical) (PK-12)

Students are best prepared to teach when they complete a full program of study. Lander University will recommend candidates for certification in one teaching area. Students who have completed a program of study in one area and are interested in adding an additional certification should work closely with their advisor. Updated requirements for certification are published by the South Carolina Department of Education annually on July 1. For this reason, we strongly advise students to contact the South Carolina State Department of Education concerning the required coursework.

Students Transferring to Lander and Enrolling in an Undergraduate Teacher Education Program: 1. Have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75. 2. Submit a passing score on Math, Reading, and Writing sections of PRAXIS Core. Students can provide evidence of a composite score of 24 on the ACT or combined score of 1650 (or 1100 on combined math/reading scores) on the SAT in lieu of PRAXIS Core scores.

Coursework required to complete an undergraduate teacher education program will be determined by examining prior experience and coursework completed at other institutions. Specific program requirements will be addressed on an individual basis by the Dean of the College in consultation with the student's advisor.

MONTESSORI EMPHASIS

Undergraduate students majoring in early childhood education may add the Montessori emphasis by completing 18 additional hours in Montessori methods. Students must be fully admitted to the teacher education program and be recommended by the Director of the Montessori program to enroll in Montessori classes.

Additional courses:

MONT 470 Montessori Methods: Practical Life

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MONT 471 Montessori Methods: Sensorial

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