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2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Education


Matthew R. Smith, Dean
Lisa Zagumny, Interim Associate Dean
Julie C. Baker, Assistant Dean

Departments and Programs

Organization

The College of Education consists of five diverse departments, offering a variety of bachelor’s, master’s Specialist and PhD degrees.  The academic units are Art, Counseling and Psychology, Curriculum and Instruction, Exercise Science, Physical Education and Wellness (EXPW), and Music.  The majority of the College’s degrees offer a teacher licensure component and it is the largest graduate college.

The College also operates five support units.  A Director heads each division.  These are the College of Education Advising Center, the Child Development Lab, the Learning Resources Center, the Learning Support Program, and the Office of Teacher Education.  Additionally, the College of offers an off-campus 2+2 program for early childhood and elementary education majors at 8 sites across Tennessee.

Programs within the College are accredited by:

  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
  • National Association for Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

Purposes

  1. Prepare caring and competent professionals in teaching, school leadership, counseling, psychology, music and art.
  2. Provide a high quality preparation program for doctoral students in Applied Behavior Analysis, Literacy, Program Planning and Evaluation, and STEM Education.
  3. Ensure the success of developmental students in their majors.
  4. Provide a model childhood development laboratory.
  5. Provide cultural events through the Fine Arts for the Upper Cumberland, the state and the region.

Admission to the College of Education

The student receives provisional admission upon meeting the admission policies of the institution. Transfer and/or readmitted students must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA. Students who do not meet this requirement but do meet general admission requirements may be admitted into non-licensure programs.

Admission

I.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program

 

For Undergraduate Students:

The undergraduate admission process applies to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree and transfer students who received the AS or AAS Degrees from a community college. Students fitting this category receive full admission to the Teacher Education Program upon meeting the following requirements:

 
  1. Completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours (excluding LSP credit, formerly ADP credit)
  2. Attainment of a minimum overall GPA of 2.50 (excluding LSP credit, formerly ADP credit)
  3. Completion of ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020 or equivalent with a grade of “C” or higher
  4. Completion of FOED 1820 or FOED 1822 or equivalent with a grade of “B” or higher and FOED 2011 or equivalent with a grade of “B” or higher
  5. Submission of an application for admission to the Teacher Education Program upon completion of 30 credit hours
  6. Submission of the Interview Request form and satisfactory completion of interview process
  7. Submission of the Background Check Authorization form and completion of the TTU background check and fingerprinting process
  8. Submission of the Disposition Request form. Three satisfactory disposition assessments must be submitted by the student’s: (1) advisor, (2) professional education instructor, and (3) a college instructor in the student’s major teaching field
  9. Submission of passing test scores on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test (Reading- 156, Writing- 165, and Math- 150). Individuals having achieved an ACT composite score of 22 or a score of 1020 on the SAT are exempt from the Praxis Core requirement. If seeking an exemption for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators testing requirement, the student must provide official copies of ACT or SAT scores. Passing Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) results will be accepted in lieu of the Praxis Core exam throughout a grace period during the transition to the new Praxis Core exam. The grace period will end on July 14, 2014. PPST tests that are taken before July 15, 2014 will be accepted for up to five years following the date the test was taken.
 

For Students with an AST Degree:

Students who completed the AST (Associate Science in Teaching) Degree through a community college will have completed some requirements previously in order to obtain their AST degree. In order to complete full admission to the Teacher Education Program at Tennessee Tech University, students must show proof of having been awarded the AST Degree (this will be listed on official transcripts) and meet the following requirements:

 
  1. Submission of an application for admission to the Teacher Education Program upon completion of 30 credit hours
  2. Submission of the Interview Request form and satisfactory completion of interview process
  3. Submission of the Background Check Authorization form and completion of the TTU background check and fingerprinting process
  4. Submission of official copies of passing test score on the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test (Reading- 156, Writing- 165, and Math- 150). Individuals having achieved an ACT composite score of 22 or a score of 1020 on the SAT are exempt from the Praxis Core requirement. If seeking an exemption for the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators testing requirement, the student must provide official copies of ACT or SAT scores. Passing Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST) results will be accepted in lieu of the Praxis Core exam throughout a grace period during the transition to the new Praxis Core exam. The grace period will end on July 14, 2014. PPST tests that are taken before July 15, 2014 will be accepted for up to five years following the date the test was taken. COPIES OF PASSING TEST SCORES MUST BE SENT TO BOTH TTU AND THE STUDENT’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE.
 

All requirements for admission to the Teacher Education program must be completed by the designated deadline. Students will not be allowed to enroll in any upper division professional education courses without obtaining full admission to the program. A detailed list of requirements, deadlines, and links to all required forms can be found Office of Teacher Education site. Forms cannot be submitted online without a TNumber.

Upon admission to the Teacher Education Program, students will then begin to prepare for and submit requirements for their Field and Clinical Practice (Residency I and Residency II).

Teacher Education candidates may be required to meet revisions in various curricula necessitated by changing standards of the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) or by requirements of the Tennessee State Board of Education and teacher licensure.

II. Admission to Residency I
 

Admission to the culminating clinical experience is the final admission process. Students receiving their undergraduate degree will participate in residency, a year-long clinical experience. All students must meet the following requirements to begin their clinical experience.

 
  1. Full Admission to the Teacher Education Program
  2. A minimum Overall GPA of 2.50

  3. A minimum of 2.0 GPA average in the major teaching field
  4. Passing score for Praxis II Content Knowledge exam
  5. Completion of all course prerequisites, CLEP tests and ALL courses listed for Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior year on Program of Study.
  6. A minimum grade of “B” or higher in all courses that are designated as field experience or technology related, or include a major field experience
  7. Submit a formal Residency I Intent for Participation along with two Disposition Assessment Requests, documentation of CPR/AED/First Aid, and personal liability insurance certification that remains valid throughout both Residency I and Residency II.
  8. Completion of the College Base Exam (Senior Exit Exam) or currently required university exit exam and the Application for Undergraduate Graduation.
A detailed list of requirements, deadlines, and links to all required forms can be found Office of Teacher Education site.
III. Admission to Residency II
 
  1. A minimum Overall GPA of 2.50
  2. A minimum of 2.0 average in the major teaching field/Content Area
  3. Satisfactory completion of all coursework
  4. A minimum grade of “B” or higher in Residency I
  5. Attempt ALL remaining Praxis II licensure exams, including the PLT (and pass all but one.
  6. Submit a formal Residency II Intent for Participation along with one Disposition Assessment Request (from senior-level instructor)
A detailed list of requirements, deadlines, and links to all required forms can be found Office of Teacher Education site.

 

Education Advising Center

Advisors: K’Cindra Cavin, Charles Craig, Laura Ezell, Krystle Horton, Amy Jared, Patrick Mannle, and Demetria Mells

Administrative Associate Meredith Lewis

Students enrolling as freshmen or transfer students in College of Education majors enter through the Education Advising Center. The purpose of the Center is to prepare students for entry into the Teacher Education Program or complete their non-licensure degree in Exercise Science. Advisors support all aspects of student success, including but not limited to support for testing/licensure requirements and standards, course sequence and pre/co-requisites.

The TTU College of Education also offers its Elementary Education Licensure program on the campuses of Pellissippi State (Hardin Valley and Division Street), Roane State (Crossville, Harriman, Oak Ridge, and Scott County),  Motlow (McMinnville and Moore County) and in Chattanooga. All sites are cohort based, which means that students start together as a class and go through the whole program together. Therefore, each site will be open for admission only once a year. Students must be admitted to TTU and to Teacher Education prior to joining the  cohort. These students are also advised through the College of Education Advising Center.

Office of Teacher Education

Dr. Dana Winningham, Director of Teacher Education

Ms. Elizabeth Boucher, Instructor/Coordinator of Assessment

Mrs. Sharon Dyer, Secretary

Ms. Susan Collins, Master Clinician

Ms. Precious Edmonds, Certification Analyst

Mrs. Suzy Hook, Master Clinician

Ms. Amanda Roberts, Certification Analyst  

Professional Field Experiences

Professional Field Experiences

The program of professional field experiences in the College of Education includes activities such as observation, participation, studies of individual students, and a limited amount of research, as well as the clinical experience. These experiences are provided throughout both the graduate and undergraduate programs.

Pre-Residency Teaching Field Experiences  

Most professional field experiences in which teacher education candidates engage prior to Residency are an important part of specific college courses. Programs in connection with area public schools give candidates opportunities to work with both mentoring teachers and pupils from early childhood through high school. Activities include taped classroom exercises, observation, paraprofessional work, tutorial assistance, practice, child studies, research, and limited teaching.

Enhanced Residency I and Residency II Experience

Residency is a full year of field experience in a clinical setting and is an integral part of the sequence of work in professional education. Approval for Residency I and Residency II indicates that the candidate has successfully met the academic, professional, and personal standards established by the Teacher Education Committee. During Residency, the candidate spends a half semester in the Fall and a full semester in the Spring in an appropriate setting for the license sought. Students will be participating in a wide variety of instructional and non-instructional experiences which represents the total teaching task. During this time, supervision is provided by professional mentoring teachers, administrators, and university supervisors. 

Requirements for Degree

The undergraduate curricula in the College of Education lead to the degree of Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Education, Bachelor of Music, or Bachelor of Fine Arts; and the graduate curricula lead either to the degree of Master of Arts or Specialist in Education. Each candidate must complete the curriculum for the major subject or teaching field chosen and must comply with the university requirements for a degree. Candidates, regardless of the college in which enrolled, who will have completed licensure requirements as a part of the total hours required for graduation must pass the PRAXIS II Examinations which consist of the Principles of Learning and Teaching and the appropriate specialty examination(s).

The candidate may be required to meet revisions in the various curricula necessitated by changing standards of the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) or by requirements of the State Board of Education for teacher licensure.

Candidates are assigned an advisor through the Advising Center based on their major area of concentration in some cases, the department chairperson, or a faculty member within that department may be designated to serve as the candidate’s academic advisor.

Requirements for Teacher Licensure

Recommendation by the institution is required by the Tennessee Department of Education (TDE) for licensure. Program completers seeking recommendation for licensure must meet the following criteria:

Candidates must meet all requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Candidates must complete the approved program of study and all requirements for the education curriculum for the grade level(s) in which licensure is sought. Candidates must maintain a 2.50 overall quality point average including a 2.0 average in the major teaching field. Candidates must successfully complete the culminating clinical field experience Residency I and Residency II. Candidates must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions in the subjects and grade level determined by the appropriate licensure standards and measured by the performance-based instruments in field and clinical experiences and the professional judgment of university supervisors and mentoring teachers. Candidates must receive a grade of “B” in all courses that are field or clinical experience, technology related, or include a major field experience. Candidates must complete and meet minimum scores in all state licensing examinations (PRAXIS II) required for the license sought. All candidates must submit minimum scores in the appropriate Principles of Learning and Teaching test and all applicable specialty area tests as established by the Tennessee State Board of Education. All state licensing examinations (PRAXIS II) minimum scores must be within the accepted time period as determined by the Tennessee State Board of Education requirements.

Learning Resources Center Library

Carl Owens, Director of Instructional Technology

Brooke Brown, Librarian

The Learning Resources Center in the College of Education is a service center designed primarily to help the faculty, students, and teachers improve instruction through effective utilization of appropriate materials. It provides a large collection of educational media (hardware and software) for elementary, secondary, and professional education instruction. Faculty and student personnel are available to assist in producing, selecting, and using these learning resources. 

Learning Support Program

Janet F. Whiteaker, Coordinator; Associate Professor Bryant; Assistant Professors Harden-Ray, Whiteaker; Instructors Duvier, Lewald

The Learning Support Program provides academic assistance in the form of tutoring, workshops, computerized exercises, individual conferences, etc.  Participation in these activities may be required by the University concurrent to enrollment in college-level classes.

Based upon ACT/SAT scores and test scores from the COMPASS/ASSET, students may be required to participate in one or more areas of Learning Support. 

Students whose Best ACT-English subject scores are less than 18 and/or whose COMPASS Placement Writing Exam Scores are less than 77 are required to participate in ENGL 1010 Learning Support. 

Students whose Best ACT-Reading subject scores are less than 19 and/or whose COMPASS Placement Reading Exam Scores are less than 83 are required to take READ 1010 College Reading Improvement.  Students with a reading requirement should not enroll in courses that have an excessive amount of reading, such as history, psychology, sociology, etc. 

Students whose Best ACT-Math subject scores are less than 18 and whose majors require algebra-based mathematics are required to take MATH 1000 [see Math Department].  Students with MATH 1000 requirements may not enroll in college-level math, chemistry, or physics until the MATH 1000 requirement has been satisfactorily completed.  Students whose majors do not require algebra-based mathematics but whose Best ACT-Math subject scores are less than 18 may enroll in “L” sections of MATH 1010 or MATH 1530 or MATH 1410 with Learning Support Lab. 

Learning Support attendance is mandatory.  A grade of “C” or higher in the college-level class is required for progression to the next level. 

All students who are required to participate in two or more courses with required Learning Support are also required to take UNIV 1030 - Learning Strategies .

Learning Support Program

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Department of Art

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Programs

Bachelor of Fine Arts

Certificate

Non-Degree

Department of Counseling and Psychology

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Programs

Bachelor of Science

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Programs

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science in Education

Bachelor of Science in Education: Science

Bachelor of Science in Education: Social Studies

Department of Exercise Science, Physical Education and Wellness

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Programs

Bachelor of Science

Department of Music

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Programs

Bachelor of Music