Document Type

Program Change

Publication Date

Spring 2010


KEENE STATE COLLEGE 2009-2010 ACADEMIC PROGRAM PROPOSAL FORM DATE OF SUBMISSION: September 28, 2009 SPONSORING PROGRAM AND CHAIR: Melinda Treadwell, Dean of Professional and Graduate Studies PROPOSAL SPONSOR: Melinda Treadwell, Dean of Professional and Graduate Studies Steve Bigaj, Professional and Graduate Studies, Assistant Dean, Director of Graduate Studies PROPOSED ACTION: Underline or bold face proposed changes. Program addition Change in requirements* Program redesign Program deletion Other: *Please note that changes pertaining to admission requirements for a major require approval of the Senate Academic Standards Committee. CURRENT PROGRAM: Master of Education Curriculum and Instruction Option Curriculum and Instruction: Initial Certification/World Educational Links Track (39 credits) The Initial Certification/World Educational Links (WEL) Track of the C&I Option is designed for individuals who have completed a baccalaureate degree in a liberal arts discipline. Additional coursework will be required if an applicant's baccalaureate degree does not directly relate to the area of certification they are seeking. There are two certifications associated with this program: Elementary Education (grades K to 8) or Early Childhood Development (nursery to age 3). Applications for secondary certification are not being accepted for the 2008.09 academic year. All students in the WEL program must be enrolled full.time and are placed in a field setting for an entire public school year (August to June). Students develop individual learning plans referenced to state and national standards for teachers. A mentor teacher in the classroom in which the student is assigned provides critical instruction and guidance in the development of a portfolio, documenting competence in certification standards and completion of the individual learning plan. Students meet as a cohort every Friday and on selected Saturdays Updated 29 April 2008 2 during the fall and spring semesters. Courses in the Initial Certification/WEL program are offered only to full.time graduate students. The WEL program requires an initial review of previous course work to determine missing competencies required to meet state standards for teacher certification. Students must design activities, in consultation with WEL faculty, to address missing competencies. The Initial Certification/WEL Track includes content and experiences that address both the Teacher Education Themes and the New Hampshire State Standards for Teacher Certification. In addition to the content in portfolio development and assessment, design and reform of American education, assessment in the classroom context, and curriculum development, students enrolled in the C&I Initial Certification/WEL Track are required to gain competence in life span development and classroom instructional management. Literacy and methods experiences at the level appropriate for the area of certification being sought are also required. Students who successfully complete all requirements in this program option receive the Master of Education degree and are recommended for initial teacher certification. Admission Criteria – Initial Certification/World Educational Links Candidates for admission to the C&I Initial Certification/WEL Track must submit an Application for Advanced Study in Education, including required materials, to the KSC Admissions Office. Furthermore, the following criteria must be met: o observe and interact with children of various ages in different public school environments for at least 100 hours before completing the application process . strongly recommended o program planning sheet . to be completed with the academic counselor in the KSC Office of Teacher Education & Graduate Studies after the application and transcripts have been submitted o demonstrated competence in the selected area of certification o a personal interview with a member of the WEL faculty C&I Option – Initial Certification Requirements (39 credits) o PHASE 1 ( Exploring the Self as Teacher (Summer) EDUC 602 Students, Families, Schools, and Society (2 credits) EDUCCI 610 Portfolio Development and Assessment (1 credit) EDUCCI 621 Design and Reform of American Education EDUC 630 Life Span Development o PHASE 2 ( Knowing the Present (Fall) EDUC 601 Research Strategies in Education Updated 29 April 2008 3 EDUCCI 631 Assessment and Evaluation in Schools EDUCCI 651 Curriculum Development EDUCCI 687 Classroom/Instructional Management EDUC 595 Methods with Field Placement o PHASE 3 ( Teacher Leadership (Spring) EDUC 560 Internship: Teaching EDUC 699 Capstone PROPOSED PROGRAM: N/A PROGRAM OBJECTIVES AND /OR LEARNING OUTCOMES: N/A RATIONALE: Between the 2005/2006 and 2007/2008 academic years, Keene State College moved to a four-credit curriculum. The teacher candidate preparation programs at Keene State College also participated in a National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) site visit in the Spring of 2007. During this intensive period of curricular transformation and in direct response to NCATE reviewer’s critique following the site visit, a revised curriculum for the Curriculum and Instruction: World Educational Links Track initial certification and Masters’ degree program was developed and advanced through the college curriculum review process. This revised curriculum did not receive Senate approval. In 2008/2009, the WEL program limited enrollment to students seeking elementary and early childhood certification and the faculty in the early childhood, elementary and special education programs considered necessary revisions to the curriculum to submit a second proposal to the Senate. In March of 2008 it was determined that the most appropriate course of action was to discontinue the WEL program. This administrative discontinuance of the WEL track was supported by the faculty participating in this program, the Assistant Dean, the Education Department Chair, the Teacher Education Council, the Dean of Professional and Graduate Studies, and the Provost. The Graduate Studies Office has removed the WEL from its application, marketing activities, and no candidates have been enrolled for the 2009/2010 academic year. All students who were enrolled through the 2008/2009 academic year will be supported in completing their requirements or will be discontinued for failure to complete requirements as appropriate. With this proposal, we seek to delete the Curriculum & Instruction: World Educational Links Track from the Keene State College Catalog. Updated 29 April 2008 4 SOURCES: N/A ADVISORY OPINIONS: N/A Updated 29 April 2008 5 Attachment earlier correspondence and justification for WEL Program deletion From: Favreau, Felicia Sent: Friday, June 27, 2008 12:35 PM To: Alvarez, Kristin; Archer, Christine; Bassarear, Thomas; Bauer, Dottie; Beaudry'Torrey, Ann; Bersh, Carime; Bigaj, Jessica; Bigaj, Stephen; Black, Deborah; Brackett, Pauline; Brown, Jane; Chase, Cynthia; Couture, John; Cuper, Prudence; Dubois, Anthony; Dubois, Elizabeth; Edge, Ellen; Endacott, Jason; Fairbanks, Carol; Favreau, Felicia; Fleischer, Leonard; Gleckel, Evie; Gleckel, Garry; Gong, Yi; Herget, Debra; Jean, Sally; Jobin, Ray; Johnsen, Gladys; Johnson, Ockle; Kaletsky, Tracy; King, Beverly; Lafleur, Daniel; Larracey, Merle; Lister, Judy; Lory, Nancy; Manning'Osborn, Mia; McCaul, Edward; McLoughlin, Shirley; McPartlin, Deirdre; Merchant, Deborah; Nuffer, Ellen; Reed, Judith; Rousseau, Joseph; Sheaff, Kimberly; Snow, Susan; Tandy, Peter; Theberge, Susan; Tschannerl, Janaki; Vermouth, Linda; Waisman, Andi; White, David; Youga, Jan; Lim, Molly; Treadwell, Melinda Subject: WEL Program This message is being sent on behalf of Ockle Johnson and Steve Bigaj: Dear Colleagues, Although June is not an ideal time for the communication of major decisions, we felt that it was important to share a decision about the future of the WEL program now rather than waiting until the fall. As you know, the WEL program has been in transition this year. As a result of the Senate vote not to approve the revised WEL curriculum and strong concerns of the Secondary faculty, and after consultation with those affected, it was decided to restrict admissions into the WEL program for the 2008-2009 academic year to students seeking elementary and early childhood certification. Focusing on these certifications would provide an opportunity to review the program, address concerns and make modifications. As a first step, we met with Judy Reed and Janaki in March to discuss various options for the future of the WEL program and identify what would need to be done for different options to occur. At that meeting, Judy and Janaki suggested that the WEL program might need to be phased out after the 2008-2009 academic year. Teacher education faculty would then be asked to construct a new initial certification program that could be fully supported by all. To allow for appropriate planning, Judy and Janaki requested that an administrative decision be made this spring. Discussions of whether and when to close the WEL program continued throughout the spring. Earlier this month the decision was made to close the WEL program following the 2008-2009 academic year. That decision was supported by the Provost and the President and presented to the President’s cabinet this week. Our hope is to propose a new Masters level initial certification program for curricular review next spring to be implemented in 2010-2011. The Post Baccalaureate Teaching Academy will be available for 2009- 2010. The Secondary Committee is discussing initial certification at the Masters level as well. They also expect to have a program in place for 2010-2011 and are offering a Post Baccalaureate option for 2009- 2010. The experience gained from both the WEL program and the Teaching Academy will be extremely helpful in guiding the development of Masters level initial certification programs. Discussion of “fifth” year Masters programs for graduates with certification are also underway. One option, a Masters level certification program in Special Education, will be ready for curricular review in the fall. Another option being considered, which builds on the experience of the WEL program, is a Masters with a social justice orientation, possibly coupled with an urban education focus. Market research is being planned for the fall with curriculum development to follow depending on the interest in such a program. Discussions of Masters programs are ongoing and we invite and encourage all faculty to participate. People are needed to offer and critique ideas, develop curriculum proposals, coordinate programs and teach courses. Updated 29 April 2008 6 In closing, please join us in thanking Judy and Janaki for their conscientious and dedicated service in coordinating the WEL program. It has entailed an extraordinary amount of work and we thank them for their tireless efforts. We also want to thank all the faculty and staff who have contributed to the WEL program over the years. Ockle and Steve


Senate Curriculum Committee




Keene State College

Deletion of WEL Program ENG