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A. Institution

A.1. What is the institution's historical context?

Shepherd University was incorporated in 1871 to instruct students "in language, arts and sciences." In 1872, the state legislature designated Shepherd College as a branch of the State Normal School. The College remained a Normal School until 1930, when the legislature authorized the offering of the Bachelor of Arts degree in teacher education. The mission of the college expanded in 1943 when the legislature authorized the offering of the non-teaching Bachelor of Arts degree. Two significant developments occurred in 1950: the legislature authorized the awarding of the Bachelor of Science degree and the North Central Association extended full accreditation to the college. Shepherd College became Shepherd University in 2004, and began developing graduate programs.

The University confers the Bachelor of Art (BA) degree upon majors in elementary education, English, history, psychology, secondary education, and Spanish. The music department offers a Bachelor of Music Education (BME) degree as well as a BA. The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) is conferred upon majors in art. The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree is conferred upon majors in accounting, biology, business administration, chemistry, computer and information sciences, economics, environmental studies, family and consumer sciences, mass communication, mathematics, political science, recreation and leisure studies, and sociology. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing is conferred on majors in nursing, and the Bachelor of Science in Social Work is conferred on majors in social work. The core of the baccalaureate curriculum is a formal General Studies Program that prepares students to take their place as educated citizens in a changing world.

The University offers five graduate programs including: the Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction, the Master of Arts in Teaching, the Master of Arts in College Student Development and Administration, the Master of Business Administration, and the Master of Music in Music Education.

A.2. What is the institution's mission?

"Shepherd University, a West Virginia public liberal arts university, is a diverse community of learners and a gateway to the world of opportunities and ideas. We are the regional center for academic, cultural and economic opportunity. Our mission of service succeeds because we are dedicated to our core values: learning, engagement, integrity, accessibility, and community." The University positioned itself to become a quality public liberal arts institution, though the professional degree programs are also an important part of the university. Shepherd University is proud of its 2009 selection as a member of Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC).

Throughout its history, Shepherd University deemed teaching and learning as its primary focus. The importance of the student-faculty relationship continues to be one of its most attractive and valued features. This is demonstrated through its commitment to small class size and faculty who advise students in their content areas. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission/ North Central Association. Individual programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education for Business, the National Association of Schools of Music, the West Virginia State Board of Examiners for Registered Nurses, the National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

A.3. What are the institution's characteristics [e.g., control (e.g., public or private) and type of institution such as private, land grant, or HBI; location (e.g., urban, rural, or suburban area)]?

Shepherd University is a state-supported institution located in Shepherdstown, WV, a formerly rural area that is experiencing increasing development and population growth. The area has cultural ties to its Appalachian heritage; however, the culture is shifting as many residents commute into Washington, D.C. for employment. SU serves the higher education needs of an eight county area in the eastern panhandle of the state. Shepherd University is increasingly recruiting students from the surrounding states: Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and D.C. as well as some international students (42.3% of the student body were out-of-state residents in fall semester of 2009).

The institution continues to recruit a multicultural student body, faculty, and staff. The minority student population has increased steadily over the last 4 years. In the fall semester of 2009, 10 % of the 4,256 students self-identified as minority. The majority are commuters with some who travel as much as 100 miles. About two-thirds of the student body is traditional aged and the remaining third are non-traditional. There are nearly 700 students, almost evenly divided between elementary and secondary education, represented by the Professional Education Unit (PEU). Candidates pursuing licensure in 5-Adult, 9-Adult or P-Adult programs are categorized as secondary majors. Elementary candidates seek licensure in K-6 with the optional PK-K endorsement. Elementary and secondary majors comprise the largest concentration of majors on campus.

A.4. (Optional Upload for Online IR) Tables, figures, and a list of links to key exhibits related to the institutional context may be attached here. [Because BOE members should be able to access many exhibits electronically, a limited number of attachments (0-3) should be uploaded.]
History of Shepherd:
University Mission Statement:
Student Demographics:
Shepherd University Catalog:
Graduate Studies Catalog:

Campus Workroom for Section A:
* Institutional report, BOE report, and institutional rejoinder from the previous NCATE review.
* All AACTE/NCATE annual reports submitted since the last NCATE review (accessible in PRS system)
* Unit catalogs and other printed documents describing general education, specialty/content studies, and professional studies.
* A copy of the notice soliciting third-party testimony

B. The unit

B.1. What is the professional education unit at your institution and what is its relationship to other units at the institution that are involved in the preparation of professional educators?

Deans lead four undergraduate schools: the School of Education and Professional Studies, the School of Arts and Humanities, the School of Business and Social Sciences, and the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics. The Division of Graduate Studies and Continuing Education (GSCE), led by the Dean of GSCE, offers 5 graduate programs including three programs that are part of the Professional Education Unit (PEU). The PEU under the leadership of the VPAA and the Dean of SEPS (Unit Heads) is comprised of faculty from every school on campus. The Professional Education Unit Council (PEUC), chaired by the Director of Teacher Education (DTE), administers the teacher education program. This includes 11 Department of Education (DOE) faculty and10 secondary specialization coordinators from each of the secondary licensure areas (housed in their disciplinary home departments), coordinators of the graduate programs in education, and 2 elected student representatives. The Director of Assessment and Accountability (DAA) is responsible for unit data collection, analysis, and distribution. The PEUC demonstrates that faculty from all schools share responsibility and authority in determining course offerings in teacher education, consistent with the stated philosophy, theme, and objectives of the teacher education program. The PEUC administers, evaluates, monitors, and revises the teacher education program to ensure the highest quality possible.

B.2. How many professional education faculty members support the professional education unit? Please complete Table 1 or upload your own table at Prompt B.7 below.

Table 1
Professional Education Faculty

PEU Table One

B.3. What programs are offered at your institution to prepare candidates for their first license to teach? Please complete Table 2 or upload your own table at Prompt B.7 below.

Table 2
Initial Teacher Preparation Programs and Their Review Status

PEU Table Two

B.4. What programs are offered at your institution to prepare advanced teacher candidates and other school professionals? Please complete Table 3 or upload your own table at Prompt B.7 below.

Table 3

PEU Table Three

B.5. Which of the above initial teacher preparation and advanced preparation programs are offered off-campus or via distance learning technologies? What alternate route programs are offered? [In addition to this response, please review the "Institutional Information" in AIMS and, if updating is needed, contact NCATE with details about these programs.]

Shepherd University does not currently have any programs offered off-campus or via distance learning. The University also does not offer any alternate route programs.

B.6. (Continuing Visit Only) What substantive changes have taken place in the unit since the last visit (e.g., added/dropped programs/degrees; significant increase/decrease in enrollment; major reorganization of the unit, etc.)? [These changes could be compiled from those reported in Part C of the AACTE/NCATE annual reports since the last visit.]

Program Additions/Deletions:

2001: Shepherd University initiated the development of a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) and provided a full-time faculty line to implement this new program.

2002: The Business Department closed the business education program.

2004: DOE developed a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program. PEUC identified areas of licensure and developed admission requirements and content courses for the program that began in the spring of 2006. SU provided one half of a faculty line to implement the MAT program and the other half position addressed additional WVDE requirements in the undergraduate program. 2005: The music department developed a Masters in Music Education. Since the program is accredited by NASM, under a new NCATE policy, this program does not have to be addressed in the IR except in relation to unit governance in Standard 6.

2007: The Department of English and Modern Languages (DEML) developed a licensure program for Spanish Education for the undergraduate and the MAT levels.

2010: The DEML closed the English 5-9 program.

Coursework Changes:
Several program changes occurred in response to WVDE policy revisions for certification.

2006: Six hours of math were added to the elementary curriculum including 3 credit hours in college algebra and 3 credit hours in geometry. Professional education coursework added a 3 credit hour course in reading in the content area. Candidates complete a total of 6 credit hours in working with learners with special needs.

2008: The PEU added a 3 credit hour course in instructional technology.

Programmatic Additions:

2002: The PEU field tested the use of a Teacher Work Sample (TWS) during student teaching.

2006: The unit standardized the process for assessing the TWS using a rubric and mapped areas of the TWS to each education course. Course specific assignments related to course goals and linked to TWS sections are articulated throughout the program.

2005: The DOE formalized the requirement of a service-learning field experience in EDUC 200: Foundations of Education. The service-learning field component of this course serves to strengthen candidate dispositions, generate positive community relationships, and improve candidate performance. Candidates observe teaching/learning in contexts that challenge and confirm attitudes and knowledge they have about teachers and teaching and learners and learning. Candidates' perspectives of social-cultural-political factors that impact learning are broadened.

General Changes:

2003: The Professional Development School (PDS) partnership began with three schools in Jefferson County.

2004: Two PDS were added in Berkeley County.

2006: Shepherd University granted the unit permission to create a line for a field placement coordinator supported with student fees.

2009: One PDS was added to Morgan County Schools. Tk20 data management system was piloted in the fall semester to track and report candidate outcomes, and program and unit data.

2010: PDS grant concludes.

B.7. (Optional Upload for Online IR) Tables, figures, and a list of links to key exhibits related to the unit context may be attached here. [Because BOE members should be able to access many exhibits electronically, a limited number of attachments (0-3) should be uploaded.]


Four Undergraduate Schools:

Graduate Studies Division:

General Studies Program:

Professional Education Unit website:

PEU Council:

Undergraduate Licensure Options:

Professional Ed. Courses Elem:

Professional Ed. Courses Sec:

Service-Learning Requirement:

Letter of accreditation for NASM

Campus Workroom for Section B:
* Syllabi for professional education courses
* Reports and findings of other national accreditation associations related to the preparation of education professionals: NASM Report.


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