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University Committees

Policy Title
Teacher Education Committee
Policy Description

The Teacher Education Committee is an interdisciplinary committee of University and community representatives who assemble to review, analyze, and provide input on all aspects of the teacher education program at Winthrop University.  The Teacher Education Committee has the unique responsibility to ensure the integrity of the teacher education program in a manner that benefits South Carolina’s learners as well as the profession of education.  

 

Policy Procedures

The teacher education committee Bylaws

 

Article I – Name and Purpose

 

The Teacher Education Committee is an interdisciplinary committee of University and community representatives who assemble to review, analyze, and provide input on all aspects of the teacher education program at Winthrop University.  The Teacher Education Committee has the unique responsibility to ensure the integrity of the Teacher Education Program in a manner which benefits South Carolina’s learners as well as the profession of education.

 

Article II – Membership

 

Section 1 The Teacher Education Committee shall consist of:

·       Five elected faculty representing five of the programs in the Richard W. Riley College of Education,

·       Three elected faculty from the College of Arts and Sciences representing three different departments engaged in the Teacher Education Program,

·       Two elected faculty from the College of Visual and Performing Arts engaged in the Teacher Education Program,

·       An elected faculty representative of the Library,

·       An undergraduate student enrolled in and admitted to the Teacher Education Program,

·       One graduate student enrolled in a graduate degree program in Teacher Education,

·       A representative from either the South Carolina Education Association (SCEA) or the Palmetto State Teacher’s Association (PSTA),

·       A school-level administrator,

·       A public school teacher,

·       The Dean of the Richard W. Riley College of Education,

·       The Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences,

·       The Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts,

·       Director of Institute for Educational Renewal and Partnerships

·       The Director of Student Academic Services, and

·       A district-level administrator appointed by the Dean of the Richard W. Riley College of Education.

 

Section 2  Election and Appointment of Members. The members of the Committee shall be elected or appointed in the following manner.

 

Faculty representatives shall be elected by their peers for three-year terms.  Methods of election shall be determined by their respective units.

 

The undergraduate student representative shall be appointed by the Chair of the Council of Student Leaders.  The Richard W. Riley College of Education shall provide a list of recommended undergraduate students in teacher education. The graduate student representative shall be appointed by the Dean of the Graduate School.  The Richard W. Riley College of Education shall provide a list of recommended graduate students in teacher education. Students shall be appointed to serve one-year terms.

After consultation with appropriate representative bodies, the Dean of the Richard W. Riley College of Education shall appoint all off-campus representatives.  Appointments shall be for three-year terms.

 

All committee members shall be voting members.  Members shall be elected or appointed on staggered terms.

Article III –Officers and Staff

 

Section 1 Officers. The Dean of the Richard W. Riley College of Education shall appoint the Chair of the Committee from the elected faculty representatives.

 

Section 2 Staff. The Dean of the Richard W. Riley College of Education shall be responsible for providing support staff to the Committee.

 

Article IV –Responsibilities

 

Section 1 The Committee shall conduct an ongoing of all aspects of the Teacher Education Program, including review of all accreditation reports and regulatory procedures regarding the Teacher Education Program.

 

Section 2 The Committee shall provide a forum for the discussion of critical issues concerning the preparation of teachers and stimulate and encourage new program development.

 

Section 3 The Committee shall oversee, evaluate, and approve the teacher education model at Winthrop University.

 

Section 4 The Committee shall evaluate the overall Teacher Education Program and identify weaknesses and needs.

 

Section 5 The Committee shall receive and review regular follow-up studies of teacher education graduates.

 

Section 6 The Committee shall serve as an appeals body for students seeking exceptions to requirements, policies, and procedures regarding the Teacher Education Program.

 

Section 7 The Committee shall make recommendations to the faculty, academic departments, the Academic Council, the Deans, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and/or the President of Winthrop University on issues pertaining to the Teacher Education Program.

 

Article V – Standing Subcommittees

 

Section 1 The Teacher Education Committee shall have two standing subcommittees of its members, chaired by elected faculty.  The subcommittee shall present regular reports to the Teacher Education Committee.

 

Section 2 The Appeals Subcommittee. The Appeals Subcommittee shall be responsible for hearing appeals by students seeking exceptions to the requirements, policies, and procedures of the Teacher Education Program and for making recommendations to the Dean.  Reports from the committee may be reviewed by the Teacher Education Committee.

 

The Appeals Subcommittee is appointed by the Dean of the Richard W. Riley College of Education.  The subcommittee shall consist of:

 

1.     The Director of Student Academic Services, Richard W. Riley College of Education;

2.     Five faculty members, including three Richard W. Riley College of Education faculty, one from Visual and Performing Arts, and one from the College of Arts and Sciences; and

3.   One public school representative.

 

Section 3 The Curriculum Subcommittee. The Curriculum Subcommittee shall be responsible for reviewing all curriculum matters to determine whether or not changes are substantive and should be reviewed by the Teacher Education Committee.  Curriculum action — such as number, title, and other such changes that do not impact teacher education programs—shall be sent forward to the Committee on University Curriculum or to Graduate Council.  Curriculum matters judged by the Curriculum Subcommittee to be substantive shall be reviewed and placed on the Teacher Education Committee agenda.  The Curriculum Subcommittee members shall be appointed by the Chair of the Teacher Education Committee and shall be the following:

 

1.     One elected faculty member from the College of Arts and Sciences,

2.     One elected faculty member from the Richard W. Riley College of Education,

3.     One elected faculty member from the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and

4.     One faculty member-at-large.

 

Alternates from the three designated Colleges shall be appointed so that all three Colleges shall be represented if a regular subcommittee member cannot attend a meeting.

 

The subcommittee Chair shall be appointed by the Chair of the Teacher Education Committee.  Members shall be appointed for staggered terms.

 

Article VI – Process for Proposals

 

The Teacher Education Committee shall receive and review all proposals regarding the teacher education program from the Deans of the Colleges or the Academic Council in accordance with University procedures.  The Teacher Education Committee shall make recommendations directly to the Dean of the Richard W. Riley College of Education.  The Dean shall review the Teacher Education Committee’s recommendation and make a recommendation regarding the impact of the changes on the teacher education program, certification standards, accreditation standards, and Winthrop’s Teacher Education model.

 

The recommendations of the Teacher Education Committee shall be sent with the Dean’s recommendation to the Committee on University Curriculum, the Academic Council, or the Graduate Council for action.  All recommendations and actions of the Teacher Education Committee may be reviewed by the Academic Council and/or Graduate Council and their respective faculty conferences.

 

Article VII – Quorum

 

A quorum of the Teacher Education Committee shall consist of:

 

1.     The Chair of the Teacher Education Committee (faculty representative);

 

2.     Four elected Winthrop University faculty representatives;

 

3.     One off-campus representative;

 

4.     One elected representative from the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Visual and Performing Arts; and

 

5.     The Dean of the Richard W. Riley College of Education, the Director of Student Academic Services, or the Chair of the Center for Pedagogy.

Article VIII – Minutes

 

The minutes of the Teacher Education Committee shall be shared with the Chairs of the Academic Council, Graduate Council, the Committee on University Curriculum, College Deans, college curriculum committees, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and department chairs.

 

Internal Control Considerations
Policy Author(s)
Faculty Conference
Effective Date
Not specified
Review Date
April 2009