Message from The Dean
This is a message from the Dean in response to an evaluation of our teacher licensure programs conducted by NCTQ, a self-appointed entity that evaluates teacher preparation programs.
Dear Friends of Pacific University’s College of Education,
On Tuesday, June 18, 2013, the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) will release ratings of teacher education programs across the state and nation. NCTQ, a self-appointed entity, evaluates teacher education programs based on a key-word search of course descriptions and syllabi. As a result of this limited approach, Pacific University’s College of Education, like all of Oregon’s private institutions, chose not to participate in the review process. Nonetheless, we will be included in the report since NCTQ paid our students $25 to $200 to send copies of syllabi and course descriptions to them. Though NCTQ received very little data they chose to rate some standards and give an overall rating, even though the data was missing or inadequate.
Our College of Education is committed to fulfilling Pacific University’s mission: A diverse and sustainable community dedicated to discovery and excellence in teaching, scholarship, and practice, Pacific University inspires students to think, care, create, and pursue justice in our world. We strive to prepare aspiring and practicing educators to promote and nurture learners’ intellectual, ethical, social, and emotional growth within a learning community committed to equity and diversity. We are committed to continuous improvement, providing quality teacher preparation, and increasing our sphere of influence. Thus, we are pleased to share some highlights of the good and important work that we do.
Our teacher education program is nationally recognized for its quality.
- We are committed to a quality model of teacher preparation. In 2008, the teacher education program at Pacific University was accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) following a rigorous multi-method assessment process: a three-day visit interviewing students, alumni, faculty, and our educational partners; evaluating the performance of our graduates; observing and reviewing courses; and, providing feedback for our continuous improvement. NCATE praised the quality of our teacher education program and found two minor areas for improvement—a rare achievement for the first time through the process. We will be evaluated again in spring 2014 for reaccreditation.
- On the strength of our teacher preparation programs, the National Science Foundation awarded us $750,000 in 2009 to award $15,000 scholarships over the next five years to aspiring math and science teachers.
- In addition, the Office of English Language Acquisition, U.S. Department of Education, awarded the College of Education a $1,342,485 over the next five years to prepare new and current STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) teachers to improve instruction for limited English proficient (LEP) students.
Our curriculum is academically rigorous and our clinical experiences are robust.
- Our candidates receive strong content preparation. Undergraduate and graduate elementary education candidates complete a rigorous course of liberal arts preparation with two years of integrated teacher preparation with clinical practice. Middle and high-school teachers complete coursework for a baccalaureate degree in their content area in addition to a Master of Arts in Teaching degree.
- The average undergraduate GPA of all incoming candidates for the Initial Teaching License is 3.48.
- All (100%) candidates pass a rigorous national exam in each endorsement content area. In addition, they complete a rigorous methods course and complete a clinical practice making them highly qualified to teach in those subject areas.
- All candidates complete a clinical teaching practicum (18 weeks of full-time; 6 weeks part-time) in P-12 classroom settings. Several candidates are embedded in a year-long, collaborative-teaching experience partnered with a mentor teacher while actively involved in the planning, organization, delivery and assessment of instruction.
- All candidates complete two work samples during their clinical practice demonstrating their ability to help students learn while meeting the InTASC (Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium) standards for the Initial Teaching License, a standard now adopted by the Oregon legislature for use in Oregon public schools.
- In addition, candidates can choose to participate in three study abroad programs (Kenya, Mexico, and Ecuador) and a student teaching experience at an international school in Chile.
- Our candidates learn effective strategies for teaching students of diverse abilities, languages and cultures. We have redesigned our Master of Arts in Teaching program to ensure that all candidates are prepared to teach English as a new language.
- All candidates leave skillful at using technology to enhance learning, often becoming technology leaders in their schools.
Our graduates are skillful and successful
- Pacific University teacher education graduates are highly sought after. Whenever I talk with Oregon school leaders they consistently let me know how thoroughly prepared our graduates are for teaching in this rapidly changing world. Soon after he arrived in 2010, the Eugene 4J Superintendent stated to me: “We really like to hire Pacific University COE graduates. They are well prepared and are excellent teachers.”
- Two weeks ago the principal and vice-principal at Whitford Middle School in Beaverton commented to one of our faculty members on the performance of our nine student teachers who completed their final clinical practice at their school. They stated: “These are the most prepared student teachers we have ever seen!”
There is a lot to be proud of at Pacific University’s College of Education. Should you want to discuss any of our initiatives or the results of the NCTQ survey, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark E. Ankeny,
Dean, College of Education
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