TRANSITION POINTS AT THE UNIT AND/OR PROGRAM LEVEL
Transition points are key points in a program when the unit assesses candidate knowledge, skills, and dispositions, and determines if candidates are ready to proceed to the next stage. The SWCU Teacher Education program consists of four transition points.
Transition I: Admission to Teacher Education Requirements
The unit evaluates the successful completion of admission requirements to determine that teacher candidate’s current level of progression toward the academic knowledge, dispositions, and performance skills necessary to enter teacher education. The Faculty Interview is used to assess candidates’ communication skills and disposition.
Transition II: Enrollment in Professional Coursework & Clinical Practice
Throughout the teacher preparation program, candidates are expected to successfully pass program-based assessments during courses and clinical practices. Candidates who are not successful on any assessment will have to first successfully complete the assessment before advancing through the program. This process is monitored through course assessments and/or transition point checks by program faculty. Each program has designated six to eight program-based assessments as part of requirements for the program review process to the Specialized Professional Associations (SPA). These key assessments include assessments of content knowledge, effective planning, impact on P-12 student learning, and additional program-based assessments.
Transition III: Admission to Clinical Internship (Student Teaching)
Approval for clinical internship provides a key assessment point for initial candidates within teacher education programs. For clinical practice approval, candidates submit an application to the SWCU Department of Education office and are approved by their department (including both education and content area departments). Each department checks to ensure candidates have met the necessary requirements and makes recommendations to the Teacher Education chair for placements in the internship clinical experience.
Transition IV: Recommendation for Certification
The SWCU Department of Education office determines if teacher candidates meet the requirements for recommendation for certification. OGET, OSAT, and OPTE scores, GPA, and course grades qualify applicants and candidates. The evaluation of SPA-specific assessments, portfolios, development and delivery of unit plans, and clinical practice evaluations determine candidate proficiencies. Survey analysis of clinical faculty members, supervisor, and principals help determine the competence of candidates. The quality of the unit and program is determined by course evaluations and surveys completed by graduates, clinical faculty members, and principals. The unit deliberates the recommendations of the university faculty members and clinical faculty members to determine that teacher candidates successfully complete all components of the program to earn a degree. At the final clinical internship, all clinical interns complete a series of assessments. These include a self-assessment, an assessment of the clinical faculty members, an assessment of the university supervisor, and an assessment of the teacher education program. These assessments help the SWCU Teacher Education Council, as well as the faculty, to assess the quality and appropriateness of each clinical practice placement. The assessments also allow candidates to assess the quality of coursework, preparation, and the overall clinical internship experience.
The unit has an organized Plan for Improvement if assessments indicate that candidates are not yet ready to proceed to the next stages of their programs.