Part I: Overview of Pacific University

History of Preparing Educators

Tabitha Brown’s vision established a rich tradition and foundation for Pacific University’s leadership in teacher education. In order to care for the “poor children” – those orphaned by the Oregon Trail or left behind for the California gold rush – she used her teaching experiences and began to teach other teachers. Over a century and a half later, Pacific University continues this tradition, maintaining a strong reputation for its thriving teacher education programs.

Prior to 1911 people could become teachers in Oregon through specialized “normal school” training and as little as a high school degree. However, that year the Oregon Legislature authorized the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to issue teaching certificates to qualified college graduates authorizing them to teach in high schools; the law further required that high school teachers be certified college graduates. Following an inspection by the United States Bureau of Education, Pacific University was one of only three institutions in Oregon to be granted the privilege of teacher accreditation at that time. Throughout most of the century, the certificate program consisted of a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Education. In 1989, however, Pacific was the first university in Oregon to receive approval from the state licensing agency to offer a Fifth-Year Masters degree program for initial teaching licenses.

Pacific established a second site for teacher preparation in Eugene, Oregon in 1992. The vibrant Lane County campus currently licenses approximately the same number of teachers each year as the Forest Grove campus. Between the two sites, Pacific University has become one of the leading teacher preparation institutions in the state.

Pacific University Mission Statement

Pacific University is a comprehensive teaching institution comprised of the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Optometry, Education, and Health Professions. We provide a close-knit environment and challenging opportunities that foster undergraduate education in the liberal arts tradition and graduate education for specific service-oriented professions. At Pacific, effective teaching and learning are the highest priorities. Our faculty of scholars is dedicated to instilling in our students a passion for learning through dynamic curricula and close faculty-student interaction. Pacific educates critical thinkers and life-long learners who can make informed decisions and valuable contributions to society and the world. (See NWCCU Accreditation Reportpdf )

A Vision of Distinction and Pacific’s Strategic Plan

With a venerable and rich liberal arts tradition in the College of Arts and Sciences, a regionally acclaimed College of Education, and world-renowned Colleges of Health Professions and Optometry, Pacific University presents a distinctive combination of learning opportunities that has risen to national prominence and significance. Faculty and staff work with students to weave together dynamic classroom experiences, service learning, international education, internships, research and co-curricular activities. Along with other opportunities for personal growth and development, students create living tapestries of understanding about themselves, their disciplines and their world.

Students in the College of Arts and Sciences are prepared for the rigors of graduate or professional study, the demands of employment, and the complexities of a thoughtful life by an innovative curriculum based in the liberal arts that embraces the whole individual. Integrated advising methods help students discover multiple pathways between current studies and future goals, and bridges among our schools and colleges allow many to remain at Pacific University from freshman year through advanced degrees. Students in the Colleges of Health Professions and Optometry experience a unique interdisciplinary approach and unrivaled blend of programs. Graduating with exemplary clinical skills and innovative approaches to evolving health care issues, they contribute substantially to health promotion and to maximizing triumphs over disease and disability. As vanguards for the future, graduates of the College of Education advance student learning, and become agents of change as they assume leadership positions in local and regional educational communities.

Pacific University provides attractive, state of the art facilities for living and learning in an environment of beauty. Administrators and support staff join faculty in their dedication to students, and promote a comfortable and unpretentious atmosphere. The University enjoys a pluralistic campus reflected by the diversity among its members, thus enhancing its role as a cultural and educational center. Strategically managed enrollment growth insures that programs are consistently revitalized, that financial underpinnings remain solid, and that thoughtful debate among a society of learners flourishes.

Values – Pacific University

The very essence of Pacific is its values. The values are transmitted across time, are what guide us, are what we adhere to even during trying times, are what unite the Colleges into a University and are reflected as lived values in our behavior.

As we move forward in the process, these values are the touchstone against which we test specific plans. For it is from these values that a mission is derived and it is for that mission that we devise specific strategies. Pacific University has a legacy of traditions and pioneering spirit that have framed five core values that guide us into the future:

Academics
Pacific University is a scholarly community that values academic rigor, integrity, creative endeavors and ethical professional applications.

Students
The organizing principle that underlies the decisions we make and the things we do at Pacific University is our dedication to our students as individuals, providing all with an environment for learning to achieve their aspirations and potential.

Transformation
Pacific University provides the context where people expand their knowledge of their own identity, respective disciplines, and larger community, transforming their understanding of themselves and their place in the world.

Community
The Pacific University community is one of belonging, respect and recognition of individual worth, whose members share a joint commitment to goals and to one another.

Service
Pacific University fosters a sense of purpose grounded in principled action, and belief in obligation and responsibility beyond the self.

Overview of The College Of Education

The College of Education (COE) offers programs that lead to both the Initial Teaching License and specializations within our Advanced Programs. These include (1) an undergraduate education major (Education and Learning) with an initial teaching license; (2) a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree with an initial teaching license (MAT/5th Year, MAT/Flex, and MAT/Special Educator); (3) a Master of Education (MED) degree as an advanced program for licensed teachers; (4) non-degree programs for teachers who wish to add endorsements and/or authorizations to existing licenses, and (5) other non-licensure graduate degrees (MED/VFL, MAE/CS). Our various programs allow for students’ entry into the teaching profession from a variety of contexts and backgrounds. (For example, the MAT/5th Year program is a full-time cohort program, the MAT/Flex courses are taught in the evening and are suitable for part-time students with family or employment obligations, and MAT/Special Educator is primarily a full-time internship program.) Programs are offered at two Pacific University campuses (Eugene and Forest Grove) during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Table O-1
Programs for the Preparation of Teachers and Other Personnel at Pacific University

Name of Program
Degree Awarded
Where Offered
Licensure Degrees:
Education and Learning Major – Early Childhood and Elementary Authorizations
Bachelor of Arts
Forest Grove and Eugene
MAT/Fifth Year (Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle and High School authorizations)
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
Forest Grove and Eugene
MAT/Flex (Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle and High School authorizations)
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
Forest Grove and Eugene
MAT/Special Educator
Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)
Forest Grove and Eugene
Advanced Programs
  • Continuing Teaching License (CTL)
  • Reading Endorsement
  • ESOL Endorsement
  • ESOL/Bilingual Endorsement
  • Special Education Endorsement
  • Additional Authorization Level
  • Additional Subject Endorsements
  • Cultural Competence Certificate
  • Talented and Gifted Certificate
CTL, endorsements, additional authorization levels, and certificates can be earned in a stand-alone program (post bachelor’s or master’s) that leads to an addition to a license or can be embedded in a Master of Education Degree
Forest Grove and Eugene
Non-Licensure Degrees:
Master of Arts in Education/Curriculum Studies
Master of Arts in Education (MAE/CS)
Forest Grove and Eugene
MED/Visual Function in Learning
Master of Education (MED/VFL)
Forest Grove

The specific programs offered by the COE reflect the changes in licensure requirements by the Oregon Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) and the federal requirements of the No Child Left Behind legislation during the past 10-15 years. Though the state of Oregon allows people to earn a teaching license at the undergraduate level, preparation at the Master’s level has proven to be an effective model for ensuring that teachers are highly qualified, especially at the secondary level. Thus, the COE offers an opportunity to earn the early childhood (ECE) and elementary (Elem) authorizations at the undergraduate and graduate levels and the middle school (MS) and high school (HS) authorizations at the graduate level. Nearly all of our candidates earn two contiguous authorizations.

As an autonomous College of Education within a small independent university, our faculty members are able to respond in a relatively short time frame, following a feasibility study and consideration by the joint faculty, to needs in the state and the region. For example, the Alternative Pathways to Teaching (APT)/Special Education program was initiated in April of 2001 in order to meet an acute state need for special education teachers.

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) three-semester program (MAT/5th Year) has been the primary way that candidates have earned their teaching licenses at the Eugene and Forest Grove campuses for fifteen years. However, to accommodate the needs of prospective teachers who cannot attend school full time, the College of Education offers the MAT/Flex program. Offered at both campuses, this program features evening and weekend classes designed for students with work and/or family commitments. A program offered at the Eugene campus, in collaboration with Lane Community College (LCC), allows LCC students with an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree (AAOT) to complete Pacific University’s undergraduate Education and Learning major and fulfill the requirements for an initial teaching license and baccalaureate degree.

The Alternative Pathways to Teaching (APT/Special Education or SpEd) program began in April of 2001, in order to meet an acute need for special education teachers. The College of Education, in partnership with 24 Oregon school districts, recruited candidates from the ranks of instructional assistants with baccalaureate degrees and from a variety of social service agencies to participate in a 17-month special education program. This very intensive program includes a first summer of coursework, a paid full year internship, and a second summer of coursework. At the end of the second summer, the candidates graduate from the program with an Initial Teaching License and a master’s degree. The program is offered on both the Forest Grove and Eugene campuses.

When the Oregon licensing agency, Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC), decided to make the Continuing Teaching License (CTL) optional in 2005, the College of Education adapted the educational offerings for licensed teachers. The Advanced Programs are designed to allow students to earn one or more of the following: CTL, additional subject endorsements, additional authorization levels, endorsements requiring a TSPC-approved program (Reading, English as a Second Language, Special Education), and certificate programs designed by Pacific University faculty (talented and gifted, cultural competence). These additional licenses, authorizations, endorsements, and certificates can be earned within a master’s degree or as stand-alone graduate programs.

The majority of COE programs concentrate on preparing candidates to teach by meeting the standards of Oregon’s initial teaching license (ITL). Thus, more student credit hours are earned in ITL programs (undergraduate and graduate combined) than in any other program. The Advanced Programs serve teachers seeking to add endorsements, authorizations, advanced teaching license, or Pacific University certificates. While many competitors offer programs leading to additions to a teaching license, the certificate programs are unique. Even though these certificates are not required by TSPC, candidates have actively sought out the Talented and Gifted and Cultural Competence certificates to focus their expertise. The about-to-be launched Technology certificate has this same potential.

In addition to the TSPC-approved licensure programs embedded within the undergraduate and graduate degrees, the COE offers two non-licensure programs: the Master of Arts in Education/Curriculum Studies (MAE/CS) and the Master of Education/Visual Function in Learning (MED/VFL). The MAE/CS (often earned by foreign students returning to their native country) allows students to become competent in the field of education without earning an Oregon teaching license. The MAE/Visual Function in Learning is uniquely designed to give optometry doctoral students an opportunity to specialize in visual problems as they relate to reading and the learning process of children; it is the only degree of its type in the U.S. (MED/VFL 2007 Assessmentpdf)

Table O-2
Program Review Status

Program Name
Award Level (e.g., Bachelor’s or Master’s)
Program Level (ITP/ITL or ADV/AP)
Number of Candidates Enrolled or Admitted*
FG/Eugene
Agency or Association Reviewing Programs (Oregon TSPC)**
Program Report Submitted for Review (Yes/No)
State Approval Status (e.g., approved or provisional)
National Recognition Status by NCATE
Early Childhood Education
BA
MAT
ITP
ITP
22
62
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
Elementary Education
BA
MAT
ITP
ITP
22
86
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
Middle School
MAT
ITP
119
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
Secondary
All MAT
ITP
95
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
Art
ITP
7
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
Biology
ITP
5
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
Business
ITP
4
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
Chemistry
ITP
2
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
Drama
ITP
1
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
French
ITP
0
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
German
ITP
1
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
Health
ITP
5
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
Integrated Science
ITP
9
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
Japanese
ITP
1
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
Language Arts
ITP
31
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
Marketing
ITP
0
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
Math-Basic
ITP
12
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
Math-
Advanced
ITP
7
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
Music
ITP
3
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
Physical Education
ITP
5
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
Physics
ITP
3
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
Russian
ITP
0
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
Social Studies
ITP
22
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
Spanish
ITP
5
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
Special Education
MAT
ITP
ADV
53
6
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
ESL/ESOL
ITL
6
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***
Advanced Programs
MED
ADV
23
TSPC
No
Approved
Candidate***

* Students earning multiple authorizations and endorsements are counted more than once.
** As a partnership state, Oregon TSPC reviews and approves programs without review by professional organizations. (See http://www.ncate.org/states/NCATEstatePart.asp?ch=96)
*** Candidate for initial NCATE accreditation.

Table O-3
Program Completer Data for Initial Licenses, 2002-2007

Degree/Year

2003-2004

2004-2005

2005-2006

2006-07

Undergraduate

FG:  10
Eugene:  7

FG:  12
Eugene:  12

FG:  11
Eugene:  12

FG:  9
Eugene:  7

Graduate*
(MAT Fifth-Year)

FG:  58
Eugene:  53

FG:  61
Eugene:  58

FG:  64
Eugene:  51

FG:  55
Eugene:  52

Graduate
(MAT Flex)

FG:  24
Eugene:  18

FG:  24
Eugene:  23

FG:  26
Eugene:  23

FG:  18
Eugene:  26

TOTAL

170

190

187

167

* Initial License only

Faculty members at Pacific University are normally categorized as having status in one of the following categories: tenure (T), tenure-track (TT), extended term (ET), extended-term track (ETT), term, or adjunct (part-time). Extended term faculty consists of those individuals who are not eligible for tenure because they do not possess the terminal degree but have demonstrated they have met the standards for a continued appointment past the six years summative evaluation point. Opportunities and responsibilities for tenured faculty members (such as sabbaticals, service on the university personnel committee) are available to extended term faculty members. Extended term contracts are limited to three years’ duration, but can be renewed with continued satisfactory performance. Pacific University considers any faculty member at 0.625 FTE or above to be a full-time faculty member within a college. The table below reflects that institutional standard. The COE currently does not employ Graduate Teaching Assistants or full-time faculty members below the rank of Assistant Professor. The dean and assistant deans have faculty rank but are not listed on the chart below.

Table O-4
Academic Rank of Professional Education Faculty
For Academic Year ­­­­­­2006-07 (Fall, Spring, and Summer)

Academic Rank

# of Faculty with Tenure

Non-tenured Faculty

# on Tenure Track

# Not on Tenure Track

Professors

2

0

0

Associate Professors

7

1

0

Assistant Professors

0

3

2 (ET); 3 (ETT); 2.5 (term)

Instructors

0

0

0

Lecturers

0

0

0

Graduate Teaching Assist.

0

0

0

Adjuncts/Part-time Faculty

 

 

70 Individuals or 9.41 FTE

Total

9

4

77.5 individuals or 16.9 FTE

The College of Education operates programs three semesters a year: fall, spring, and summer. Depending upon the program, students can enter the programs listed above in any semester. Thus, the total number of students during a three-semester period far exceeds the number of students in any given semester. The data below provides a snapshot of the enrollments in College of Education programs for one typical year. During the spring 2006, summer 2006, and fall 2006 semesters a total of 674 students were enrolled in the various programs and took classes within the COE.

Table O-5
Number of Students Accepted into Each College of Education Program, 2006

COE Programs

Prepares

Culminating License

Campus

Total

MAT Fifth Year (full-time program) Sp06, Su06, Fa06

Elementary & secondary teachers

Initial Teaching License

Forest Grove

134

MAT Flex (part-time program) Sp06, Su06, Fa06

Elementary & secondary teachers

Initial Teaching License

Forest Grove

65

Undergraduate (full-time program) Sp06; F06

Elementary teachers

Initial Teaching License

Forest Grove

24

Undergraduate (pre-COE admits) Sp06; F06

Elementary teachers

Initial Teaching License

Forest Grove

75

MAT/Continuing Teaching License & Standard (part-time) Sp06, Su06, Fa06

Elementary & secondary teachers

Continuing Teaching License;
Standard License

Forest Grove

55

APT/Special Education (full-time) Sp06, Su06, Fa06

Elementary & secondary Special Education teachers

Initial License-Special Educator

Forest Grove

80

MA Education (part-time) Sp06, Su06, Fa06

Elementary & secondary

No license; master’s degree

Forest Grove & Eugene

5

 

 

 

 

 

MAT Fifth Year (full-time) Sp06, Su06, Fa06

Elementary & secondary teachers

Initial Teaching License

Eugene

113

MAT Flex (part-time)
Sp06, Su06, Fa06

Elementary & secondary teachers

Initial Teaching License

Eugene

36

Undergraduate (full-time program) Sp06, Su06, Fa06

Elementary teachers

Initial Teaching License

Eugene

33

MAT/Continuing Teaching License & Standard (part-time) Sp06, Su06, Fa06

Elementary & Secondary teachers

Continuing Teaching License;
Standard License

Eugene

36

APT/Special Education (full-time ) Sp06, Su06, Fa06

Elementary & secondary Special Education teachers

Initial License-Special Educator

Eugene

57

Total

762

These 762 students took 12,642 credits during the three semesters, an average of 18.75 credits per student per year or 6.25 credits per semester. The 687 students admitted to the College of Education took 98% of these hours. These 687 COE-admitted students are the equivalent of 790 graduate-FTE students in a traditional two-semester a year program. Of the 762 students, 286 attended classes at the Eugene campus and 486 attended classes at the Forest Grove campus. The chart below shows the COE credit history for 2006, including the percentage of total students and total credit hours per campus.

Table O-6
College of Education 2006 Credit History

Campus

# of Students

% of Total COE Students

# of Credit Hours

% of Total COE Credit Hours

Eugene

286

37.5%

6,067

48%

Forest Grove

401

52.6%

6,322

50%

Non-admitted UG

75

9.9%

253

2%

Total

762

 

12,642

 

Pacific University’s COE is widely respected in the state for the quality and expertise of its graduates. As one of 20 Oregon institutions that offer teacher licensure programs in a state with a relatively low population (3.7 million), the market for regional applicants is competitive; however, we continue to attract outstanding candidates. Of the 14 independent colleges in the state, Pacific University is the leader in preparing newly licensed educators in the following categories: