1.3 What is the professional education unit at your institution, what is its relationship to other units at the institution that are involved in the preparation of professional educators, and what are the significant changes since the last NCATE review?
The professional education unit at Campbellsville University is the School of Education. It offers 24 teacher preparation programs and works cooperatively and collaboratively with two other units in preparing teacher candidates in these programs – the College of Arts and Science and the School of Music. Faculty representatives from these two units meet regularly with School of Education faculty in monthly Teacher Education Committee meetings. They are also involved in activities such as admission interviews, evaluating videos of candidates teaching a lesson, and assessing candidate dispositions. Also, chairs and deans from these units meet annually with the unit dean to review Praxis scores and to identify strategies for assisting candidates.
The programs in the School of Education are currently accredited by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board in partnership with the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Further, they are designed to implement the initiatives of the recent 2009 Senate Bill 1 legislation impacting pre-K through post-secondary education in Kentucky. In addition to programs which align with national and state standards, the faculty in the respective programs place emphasis on staying abreast of the latest research and best practices in education. To support the institutional mission and goals, the faculty, administration, and staff encourage students to strive for excellence in all areas of life and to seek an integration of Christian faith in living, leading, and learning.
The most significant changes since the last visit are: (a) new building for the unit; (b) addition of eight programs, eight faculty, and 1.5 staff; (c) expansion to satellite sites-Elizabethtown, Louisville, and Somerset; and, (d) transition to the electronic portfolio.