New Directors’ SeminarNew Program Applications Private Licensed Schools
BE SURE TO SIGN IN • This seminar is now required for all new directors • Be sure to sign the sign in sheet to receive credit for attendance. • Be sure your name is legible!
Logistics • Snacks • Restrooms • Organization and schedule • New Program Component • Compliance Component • Financial Component
SAMPLE APPLICATIONS • Consult sample applications • PLEASE DO NOT TAKE THE SAMPLES • You may come into the office to review the samples at any time. (Best to call ahead.)
Today’s PowerPoints are on the Web • Public Website: http://www.education.state.pa.us
Contents • PDE-3003 • PDE-3004 • Syllabi • PDE-279 forms • Externship • Catalog
Legal Authority • Statute • Regulations • Board Policy Memos
Internet Resources • PDE Website: http://www.education.state.pa.us • Secure Website – via login • Financial forms and instructions: ftp://ftp.state.pa.us/pub/PDE_PUBLIC/PLSFinancial
Staff Role • Determine if application is complete and acceptable for Board review • Give school feedback with 10-day “cure” period
Staff • Staff can answer questions and provide guidance and insight into Board requirements and standards. • Staff cannot teach applicants to develop a syllabus or design the program.
Role of Board • Approve • Approve Pending • Defer • Deny
Fee • $700 – Each Additional Program
Questions? • Any general questions before we get into actual application components?
PDE-3776 • Instruction sheet for new programs • Include with application
PDE-3003 overview • Signed • Number of hours • Tuition, registration fees, other fees • Diploma vs. Certificate • Start date – after Board meeting • Student:Equipment Ratio • Entrance Requirements compared to reading levels of texts • Employment opportunities
Clock Hours • Insufficient hours of instruction is a common problem for new programs • Do not assume that students will have a foundation in the field if it is not required for admission • Do not assume that all students are highly disciplined with independent learning skills
Diploma vs. Certificate • Diploma for a program – multiple courses • Certificate for a course – one course on PDE-3004, one syllabus • Guideline – Not absolute
Degree • New programs can not be degrees • AST or ASB degrees require additional approval by the Secretary of Education after approval by the PLS Board at the diploma level • Approval to award any degree above the AST or ASB requires authorization as a college
Consolidated Application • Available only to schools that already have approval to award at least one AST or ASB • Combines the PLS Board application and the AST or ASB application into a single submission • Contact Vince Matusheski for Guidelines
Certificate vs. Certification • Certificate – a credential awarded by the school upon successful completion of a course • Certification – a credential awarded by a 3rd party after meeting established criteria – usually involves passing a 3rd – party exam
Equipment ratio • Include exact ratio if it is consistent for all equipment • Otherwise, put “see attached” and include ratio on the equipment list
Entrance Requirements • Ensure that all students admitted can reasonably be expected to handle the curriculum • Reading level for admission compared to reading level of texts • Consider a reading test • High School diploma or GED does not demonstrate 12th grade reading ability • Ensure that all students who meet admission criteria can reasonably expect to qualify for employment after completing the training.
A + B = C A = admission requirements B = curriculum C = job ads ADMISSIONS + CURRICULUM = JOBS
Occupational Skills • Narrative or list of the major occupational skills the student will learn • Do not list the jobs in this section – list the skills
Employment Opportunities • List the job titles for which graduates should be qualified • Provide the list of job titles on the PDE-3003 form or attached • In addition, provide evidence of job opportunities
Job ads • Demonstrate that there are jobs for graduates • Local jobs or provide a disclaimer regarding relocation • May not require any skills, experience, or credentials that are not either required for admission or taught in the program. • No jobs that require degrees • Unless required for admission • No jobs that require job experience • Unless required for admission • No jobs that don’t require any training
Job Ads Continued • Include actual ad – do not retype information • Show name of employer • Include entire ad – not just a list of openings • Letters from perspective employers can be used • Occupational Outlook is not sufficient
Sites • Provide the address if you will offer this program at an approved branch
Remote Facilities • If part of the training is provided at another site, list the address. • Driving range, clinical facility, lab • Site visit required • $500 additional site visit fee. • Remote vs. Externship Site
Equipment • List all equipment • Give specifications – model number, speed, etc. • Provide student to equipment ratio – best to list for each item of equipment • If there is any doubt about whether it is equipment or supplies, list it. • Usually requires an attachment
Instructors • List all instructions and assigned courses on PDE-3003 or attachment • Do not simply refer to PDE-279’s • Ensure that PDE-3003 list matches PDE-279 forms
Questions • Questions about PDE 3003 and first section of program application?
PDE-3004 • Credit Conversion • Course List • Check Math on Hours and Credits • Signed • Syllabus for EACH Course
Syllabi • One Syllabus per Course • All elements required in each syllabus • Must be detailed • See sample