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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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