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  1. School of Education Orientation: Part 1 2009

  2. Accreditation • In addition to LU accreditation by SACS, Liberty’s SOE is accredited by the ACSI (Association of Christian Schools International) and NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) • NCATE is highly respected in the education community and may be necessary (or preferred) for licensure in some states

  3. Conceptual Framework

  4. Mission • To develop competent professionals with a Biblical world view for Christian, public, and private schools

  5. Knows KNOWS Christian values, moral dimensions, and ethical implications synthesized with academic knowledge

  6. Implements IMPLEMENTS skills as a gift from God, because teaching/leadership is a calling from God.

  7. Believes BELIEVES and practices personal integrity, social responsibility, sensitivity to the needs of others, and the betterment of humanity

  8. Overview of Programs • Master’s Degrees: • Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) • Master of Education (MEd) • Educational Specialist (EdS) • Doctoral Degree(EdD)

  9. Advising Guide

  10. What is the Advising Guide? • A resource for DLP staff and students • Located on the Graduate Education website: • • Links to the Advising Guide are also located on on each Education degree page

  11. Information on the Advising Guide • Faculty contact information • Explanation of Gates and requirements for each Gate • Licensure information • Student teaching information • Course descriptions • Course scheduling for upcoming terms • Program specific information, including: • Degree Completion Plans • Course Sequencing Guides • Field Experience summaries • Course Competency charts

  12. Transfer Credit • Candidates may transfer in up to 6 credit hours from an unconferred graduate degree • Candidates may not transfer intensives or student teaching/practicum

  13. Gates

  14. What Are Gates? • There are 4 “Gates” through which a student must pass in order to complete one of the EDUC programs • Each gate represents a checkpoint in the program and is designed to ensure that the student is ready to move on to the next stage

  15. Gate 1-Admissions • Gate 1 is simply Admissions into the EDUC program of choice • Once the student is fully accepted into the program, he/she has passed Gate 1

  16. Gate 2-Candidacy • The application for Gate 2 is submitted by the student after he/she has completed 9-15 credit hours • Gate 2 is a checkpoint to determine if the student meets the requirements for the specific program or specialization (course competencies, etc.)

  17. Gate 2 Requirements • Gate 2 Application • DCP w/courses completed (including any transfer credits) • Course Competency Chart (Elementary and Secondary Education ONLY)

  18. Gate 3 Capstone • Gate 3 application for capstone experience in final semester * LICENSURE: Submit in LiveText • *MAT: Student teaching (590/591) • * MEd: Internship (699) • MEd-T&L: Project or practicum (618/698) • EdS: Advanced research & writing (718) • EdD: Dissertation (990)

  19. Gate 4-Program Completion • Completion of program • If the student has met licensure requirements, will be eligible for endorsement by the School of Education

  20. LiveText

  21. What is LiveText? • LiveText is required for candidates in licensure programs • LiveText is used to submit benchmark assignments and create portfolios • LiveText is purchased by each candidate only ONE TIME (from MBS or )

  22. Advantages of LiveText • Allows students to create portfolios, notes, and journals that can be viewed by others, including professors and prospective employers • Provides a forum for students to receive instant feedback from professors • Includes information on standards, outcomes and competencies • For an additional fee, can access streaming educational videos, images, and other resources ($20 extra)

  23. Teaching & Learning Master of Education

  24. Overview of Teaching & Learning • NON-licensure program • 36 credit hours • No required intensives; the program can be done completely online • No required Praxis tests • Capstone course: Choose research project OR practicum

  25. T&L Specializations • General education[Leadership option] • Elementary Education • Special Education • Middle School • Other specializations in development

  26. School of Education Orientation: Part II 2009

  27. Licensure WARNING! • Licensure is strongly recommended • Do NOT attempt to earn licensure through a NON-licensure program

  28. Verification by Institution: • Completion of Approved Education Program • The applicant completed requirements for the • bachelor’s • master’s • six year (educational specialist) • doctorate • degree and finished an approved education program in the licensure area(s) of (e.g. elementary education, music, secondary mathematics, etc.)

  29. Verification by Institution: • Completion of Approved Education Program • The applicant completed requirements for the • bachelor’s • master’s • six year (educational specialist) • doctorate • degree and finished an approved education program in the licensure area(s) of (e.g. elementary education, music, secondary mathematics, etc.)

  30. Licensure Options • Initial licensure: MAT • Advanced licensure: MEd or EdS/EdD

  31. Master of Arts in Teaching Initial Licensure

  32. Specializations • Specialization: endorsement area for licensure upon completion of the program • Specializations available: • Elementary Education • Secondary Education (must choose content area) • Special Education

  33. Content Competencies • Elementary and Secondary education: - content competencies required • Content competencies: specific for specialization/teaching endorsement • Competencies: courses taken in undergraduate program; additional courses may be required • Submit content competency chart to • Other endorsements added through Praxis II

  34. Example of Content Competencies • Secondary Education—Math

  35. MAT: Initial Licensure Tests TESTS required for GATE 3 application • Praxis I or VCLA (or SAT-ACT score waiver) • Praxis II Completed for a specific content area TESTS required for Virginia licensure • VCLA(Virginia Communications and Literary Assessment) • May be taken online • VRA (Virginia Reading Assessment) • Offered ONLY in Virginia • Elementary or Special Education only

  36. GATE 3: MAT-Student Teaching • Application due in prior semester • 2/15 for fall student teaching • 9/15 for spring student teaching • Passing scores required for Gate 3 • Application must be submitted in LiveText

  37. GATE 3: Student Teaching/Internship • Placement options • Your own classroom/school (must beaccredited school; in your endorsement area) • Lynchburg area – do NOT contact schools(All local requests by LU Licensure Office) • Outside Lynchburg area – candidates contact schools and submit information to

  38. MAT Field Experience/Student Teaching • MAT candidates must complete Field Experience throughout the program • Candidates track experience hours on field experience log • Hours required in a variety of settings (see Field Summary on Advising Guide) • 300 hours required to complete MAT (includes practicum and student teaching), with a minimum of 150 hours of directed student teaching

  39. Sample Field Summary—MAT Secondary

  40. Master of Education Advanced Licensure

  41. Overview of MEd • 36 credit hour program (48 credit hour for School Counseling) • Specializations: • Licensure/Blended: • Administration • School Counseling • Program Specialist • Non-licensure/Online • Teaching and Learning

  42. Advanced Licensure • Administration/Supervision must hold initial licensure and *teaching experience • Program Specialists must hold initial licensure • Gifted, Early Childhood (add-ons) • Reading, Math must have *teaching experience * Experience during M.Ed. Program accepted • School Counseling should have two years of teaching or counseling experience • Experience may be assistant counselor • Experience not required in all states

  43. MEd Field Experience/Internship • Administration: 320 cumulative hours of structured internship • Program Specialist: 200 hours • School Counseling: 300 hours, including • 100 hours in K-6, 100 hours in 7-12 • Field experience will be completed throughout the program and tracked on Field Summary

  44. GATE 3: MEd-Internship • Application due in prior semester • 2/15 for fall student teaching • 9/15 for spring student teaching • Application must be submitted in LiveText

  45. Advanced Licensure Tests • Administration & Supervision • SLLA* or Praxis II • Program Specialist • Reading: VRA* or Praxis II • Math: Praxis II* • Add-ons: No test (ECE or Gifted) • School Counseling • Praxis II *Virginia - or test for your state

  46. Education Specialist and Doctor of Education Advanced Licensure Options

  47. EdS/EdD Licensure Options Required: • Additional courses - courses from master’s may apply • Initial licensure, teaching experience, internship, licensure tests

  48. School of Education Orientation: Part III 2009

  49. Educational Specialist

  50. Licensure? • The EdS and EdD were not designed for licensure • To pursue licensure, the EdS candidate must complete additional requirements - noted on DCP and online