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MSU Teacher Education Unit (TEU)

Overview of the Institution

Minot State University is a state-supported Carnegie Master’s 1 university located in Minot, a city of approximately 36,500 in the north central region of North Dakota. ‘Magic’ Minot is the center of a rich agricultural region. Having grown ‘like magic’ when the Great Northern Railroad chose this unique location, Minot gives the appearance of a much larger community, enhanced by approximately 12,000 residents of Minot Air Force Base located 12 mi. north of the city and nearly 20,000 rural residents within a 60-mile radius.

Minot State University’s 102-acre campus provides students with a friendly and personal atmosphere. The University is home to 21 buildings, including five residence halls, two apartment buildings, seven classroom buildings, the student union, library, and domed athletic facility. There is also a concert hall, two theaters, and two art galleries.(Campus Map)

Minot State University was established in 1913 to prepare teachers for service in the prairie schools of northwestern North Dakota. The institution soon expanded its offerings in response to the needs of the region, a pattern that has been repeated many times in Minot State’s subsequent history. Short-term training programs led to the first two-year Standard Teaching Certificate in 1915. Over the years those who governed the institution recognized the need to add to teacher preparation programs with new programs in the fine arts, the liberal arts, the sciences, and professional fields. In 1924 the state legislature authorized the Normal School to expand to a four-year program and to grant a Bachelor of Arts degree in education. The school’s name was changed to Minot State Teachers College to reflect this new mission. Later, programs in special education, speech pathology, business, and nursing were added. In 1964 the school’s name was changed to Minot State College and its mission expanded further to include master’s degree graduate education. The Teacher Education program was first accredited by NCATE in the same year. In 1987 the institution’s name was changed to Minot State University and today the university offers master’s degrees in Communication Disorders, Criminal Justice, Education, Special Education, Management, Mathematics, Music, and Science, plus an Educational Specialist degree in School Psychology.

Minot Campus Today

Minot State’s official enrollment for the fall of 2003 was 3824. There are 2661 students from North Dakota while 609 were either military personnel or military dependents. There were 554 non-resident students from 19 states and 19 different countries. There are 137 Native American students and 184 Canadian students from five provinces.

MSU takes pride in its student-centered environment for learning. Its beautiful buildings house well-designed classrooms and laboratories, excellent student computing facilities, outstanding auditoriums for the performing arts, a spacious well-equipped library, and a well-outfitted health and fitness center. Minot State University currently employs approximately 220 contract faculty and 190 staff to meet the needs of the diverse student body.

Minot State University is an interactive University, an institution committed to two-way communication and cooperation between the campus and the public. The university has active and reciprocal partnerships with its community, its region, the North Dakota University System (NDUS), and the state government of North Dakota. This vital interaction between Minot State and its partners (communities, businesses, entrepreneurs, civic organizations, schools, agencies, and political subdivisions) is viewed by both the university and the public as essential to the functioning and to the future of the Teacher Education program.

Minot State’s interactive approach to learning is seen in numerous instances where the faculty’s expertise leads to discoveries within the classrooms, laboratories, clinics, studios, and computer facilities leading to opportunity for service and research activities. The traditional goals of excellence in teaching, research, and service continue to drive the faculty and staff at Minot State.

The university serves as a cultural center for the region with its wide-ranging arts offerings. It also seeks to be a leader in addressing the needs of its students by stimulating community economic development, and improving public education. Minot State University seeks to work closely as ‘partners in learning’ with communities and organizations in northwestern North Dakota and throughout the state. It is a leader in collaboration with elementary and secondary schools to improve learning and teaching at all levels.

In addition to its academic programs, Minot State has a wide range of student services that assist in meeting students’ physical, psychological, and sociological needs. These student services aid in rounding out the university experience of the students at Minot State.

The Student Association of Minot State University is the student voice to the administration; it provides students an opportunity to develop leadership skills and to impact the campus environment. Students elected from a wide range of disciplines and entities from across the campus form a representative government structure for the campus.

The Student Life Office provides services in the areas of campus housing, behavioral management, and retention. Assistance with study skills or other issues related to academic success are provided through individual and group assistance. General counseling in all areas affecting students’ academic progress is provided.

Career Services facilitates the process of choosing a career field and selecting the appropriate academic major. A variety of career assessment and decision-making resources are available to assist students in the career planning process. Career materials are available with detailed descriptions of different occupations, certification and the educational requirements necessary to enter the world-of-work for specific careers. Career Services offers guidance on letters of application and resumés, interviewing techniques, job search strategies, and cooperative education and internship opportunities. Resumé typing and critiquing services are also available to help students. The Career Services Offices can assist all current students and graduates of Minot State University in finding employment. Students seeking full-time and part-time jobs are also assisted through the extended services of Job Service North Dakota.

Minot State University Center for Extended Learning (CEL) offers numerous opportunities for a student to gain course credit through non-traditional formats. Financial aid applies to most courses offered through the CEL. Listed below are the options for enrolling through CEL:

Evening Courses are available on campus and at Minot Air Force Base. Courses are open to the general public as well as military students and their dependents. A variety of general education courses are offered in flexible formats to meet the needs of the non-traditional student. A student may register on campus in the Continuing Education Office or through the Web ALFI process. Courses start approximately every ten weeks.

Internet Courses are also offered at Minot State. Most courses are 16-weeks in length. Course enrollment periods coincide with campus registration times. The Internet courses are especially appropriate for the student who is working full-time, lives too far from the campus to commute, or just wants to have the convenience of completing university courses at their own pace. Most General Education courses are offered as well as entire degree options in management, management information systems, general studies, applied sciences, and developmental disabilities.

Correspondence Courses are offered in a 16-week format. Eligible students may use financial aid. Over twenty courses are currently being offered and can be used as a supplement for the part-time or full-time student.

Financial Aid is available to students who, without such help, would be unable to attend Minot State University. The primary responsibility for financing a college education rests with the student and his/her family. Financial Aid should be used as a supplement to family support. The Financial Aid Office reserves the right to the final determination regarding the type(s) and amount of aid awarded to students. Awards are based upon an evaluation of the student’s eligibility as determined by the needs analysis form and the availability of funds of the various aid programs. (www.minotstateu.edu/finaid) Every effort is made to provide adequate funding to meet the educational costs.

Counseling and Psychological Services promote student development in emotional, social, educational, and career areas. Services are also available to students, faculty, and staff members.

The Multi-Cultural Support Services/Native American Cultural Center provides counseling, advising, and assistance to people of color and international students in dealing with personal, social, financial, academic, career, and transitional issues. Campus and community events are developed and coordinated to promote a greater awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity. Cooperative initiatives between community agencies, tribal community colleges, and regional reservations assist students with matriculation and transitional adjustments.

The Honors Program provides an integrated program of special academic opportunities, personal advising, and extra-curricular activities designed to challenge highly motivated students to reach their full potential as graduates of Minot State University. Qualifying students may enter the Honors Program at any time, but most enter at the start of the freshman year. To qualify as an entering freshman, one should have scored at least 25 or higher on the ACT, or earned a 3.5 or higher high school GPA. All students who qualify and who believe they may wish to pursue an Honors Program diploma should enroll in English 111: Honors Composition I, instead of English 110. After the freshman year, to remain in good standing in the Honors Program students must maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.30.

MSU Alumni Association is a non-profit, 501©(3) I.R.C. organization whose mission is to "promote positive relationships that encourage alumni, students, community, and friends to be actively and emotionally identified with Minot State University." The Alumni Association Board of Directors works closely with the MSU Director of Alumni to accomplish this by sponsoring various special programs and events, such as regional gatherings, reunions, the annual MSU Gala Dinner and Auction, Golden Awards Banquet, Volunteers in Progress, travel programs, and the publication of the magazine "Connections." Each graduating class is entered in the Alumni database and current addresses are maintained on these individuals. The Alumni Office is part of the University Advancement team.

The Student Bank is a deposit system maintained for the benefit of students who wish to leave money for safekeeping. Funds are deposited in a non-interest-bearing account in the student’s name and may be withdrawn anytime during regular business hours.

The Student Development Center offers a variety of services for University students. It is a resource that provides assistance in problem solving, decision-making, personal development, and academic skills development. All services are free of charge except where otherwise indicated. Specific services are as follows:

Individual Counseling. The Center offers counseling to individuals with personal, social and academic needs. Various community mental health and social service organizations serve as referral agencies.

Disability Support Services. Students with disabilities requiring classroom accommodations are encouraged to contact the Center as soon as possible, even prior to their enrollment, in order to arrange for appropriate accommodations. Services include note taking, test accommodation, and tutoring. Documentation of each student’s disability is required prior to implementation of the accommodations.

Testing Services. The Center serves as an administrative test center for ACT (American College Testing), NTE (National Teacher Exam) Specialty, PPST (Pre-Professional Skills Test), interest inventories, and graduate or professional school entrance examinations. Most of these examinations have registration deadlines and fees. Also available is the administration and interpretation of inventories related to career exploration. Modest fees may be charged for these inventories.

Tutoring Program. Tutoring services may be requested for one or two class areas per semester, with a maximum of 32 hours for the semester (summer session a maximum of 16 hours).

The Student Health Center works to improve the status of health, and ultimately the quality of life, of MSU students while they are on campus and as they plan for the future. Their focus is on: 1) health promotion, 2) risk reduction through surveillance and control of health hazards, 3) health education, and 4) referral to other campus or community services as needs are identified.

An International Student Center offers a variety of support services to students from countries other than the United States.

The International Student Specialist assists students with the necessary paperwork required for admission and work in the United States.

Veterans Reentry Program assists veterans in their pursuit of academic and vocational goals.

The University also maintains a Student Union and Residence Halls overseen by the director of student life.

Over fifty professionally related student organizations and clubs provide a wide variety of opportunities supported by MSU including the Student North Dakota Education Association (SNDEA), Minot State Club of Physical Educators (MSCOPE), a student chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), a chapter of the National Student Speech and Hearing Association (ASHA), a Native American cultural awareness club, and several other clubs relative to the particular disciplines with which teacher education is involved.

The Teacher Center and Community Exchange is located at the Adult Learning Center, 1609 4th Ave. NW, phone 857-4467 or 857-4488. The Center is directed by Ms. Deb Sisco and provides the latest materials, methods and services to teachers, potential teachers, and community members. Minot State University students, particularly education students, find valuable resources in the center, such as curriculum materials for idea exchange projects or bulletin boards, current basic skills books and methods of instruction. Material can be checked out for up to four weeks. The center holds various workshops throughout the year and any interested party may attend. The staff fields any student questions. The center is open from 8 A.M. - 4:30 P.M. Monday and Thursday through Friday, and Tuesday from 8 A.M.-Noon and 6:30 - 9:30 P.M. on Tuesday and Thursday during the school term.

Support Programs

The North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities (NDCPD) is affiliated with and enhances the university’s mission. It was established in 1990 with a mission to help people with disabilities lead more fulfilled lives. The NDCPD provides educational experiences for university special education students, conducts research, provides ongoing training for those serving the disability community, and helps increase the availability of state-of-the-art services to people with disabilities who live in rural and isolated communities. Over 95% of the funding for NDCPD activities comes from grants and contracts.

The Bush Faculty Development Program provides monies to support both students and faculty in professional development activities. Funding supports improved pedagogy and research opportunities; it also provides for seminars and speakers.

The Gordon B. Olson Library

The Gordon B. Olson Library provides study space for over 800 students and two microcomputer labs. It contains over 411,000 volumes in books, bound periodicals and document collections. It is a selective depository for U.S. Government documents and a full depository for North Dakota State documents. In addition, the library houses special collections of North Dakota materials, a children’s literature section, and an audiovisual and recordings collection.

The library’s online catalog, ODIN (Online Dakota Information Network), provides web-based access to the collection in the Gordon B. Olson Library as well as to the holdings of academic, public, and special libraries across the state. There are over a million records in the ODIN database. The library offers several online periodical and newspaper full-text databases through ODIN as well as other Internet and CD-ROM based products. These online databases provide access to the articles held in over 2,000 journal and newspaper titles (of which 700 are current subscriptions) held in the library’s collection.

For materials not found in the collection or in full-text in the databases, an extensive web-based interlibrary loan service is available. The seven computer labs on campus provide students with ready access to computers, printers, and other technologies to assist them in their academic pursuits.

An extensive curriculum library for educational materials is housed in the Library. This collection is composed of textbooks, teacher workbooks, and materials for use with children in the classroom.

University Governance

Minot State University is part of the North Dakota system of Higher Education comprising 11 public institutions. The North Dakota State Board of Higher Education, whose members are appointed by the governor, is responsible for policies that govern the system. The Minot State University Board of Regents serves as an advisory board and is appointed by the Vice-President for Advancement and Student Affairs. The following chart shows Minot State University’s administrative organization chart.

Minot State University Organizational Chart

In addition to the administrative structure delineated above, Minot State has an internal governance structure that regulates the activities of the campus. The committee structure has been established by constitution to carry on the work of the faculty and staff. The Faculty Senate and Staff Senate have multiple subcommittees to monitor policies and procedures.

Mission of the North Dakota University System

Minot State University supports the goals of the North Dakota University System as established by a Roundtable of individuals from government, education, and the private sector. This Roundtable (1999) established Six Cornerstones that are to guide the state in its attempt utilize the resources of Higher Education to meet the challenges facing the citizens of North Dakota:

Goals of the Roundtable for the North Dakota Legislative Council Interim Committee on Higher Education:

To enhance the economic vitality of North Dakota and the quality of life of its citizens through a high-quality, more responsive, equitable, flexible, accessible, entrepreneurial, and accountable university system.

Cornerstone 1: Economic Development Connection - Direct connections and contributions of the university system to the economic growth and social vitality of North Dakota.

Cornerstone 2: Education Excellence - High-quality education and skill development opportunities which prepare students to be personally and professionally successful, readily able to advance and change careers, be lifelong learners, good citizens, leaders, and knowledgeable contributing members of an increasingly global and multi-cultural society.

Cornerstone 3: Flexible and Responsive System - A university system environment that is responsive to the needs of its various clients and is flexible, empowering, competitive, entrepreneurial, and rewarding.

Cornerstone 4: Accessible System - A university system that is proactively accessible to all areas of North Dakota and seeks students and customers from outside the state. It provides students, business, industry, communities, and citizens with access to educational programs, work-force training opportunities, and technology access and transfer - and does so with the same performance characteristics as described in the " Flexible and Responsive System" cornerstone.

Cornerstone 5: Funding and Rewards - A system of funding, resource allocation, and rewards which assures quality and is linked to the expressed high priority needs and expectations of the University System - assures achievement of the expectations envisioned.

Cornerstones 6: Sustaining the Vision - A structure and process which assures the University System for the 21st century, as described by these cornerstones, remains connected, understood, relevant, and accountable to the present and future research, education, and public service needs of the state and its citizens - sustaining the vision.

Mission of Minot State University

"Minot State University advances knowledge, critical and creative thinking, and the vitality of community and cultures."

The mission of Minot State University flows from the mission of the North Dakota University System (NDUS). The University’s mission emphasizes educational excellence and creative thinking. The University’s mission is supported by a set of core values and a statement of beliefs. These "Core Values" and "Beliefs" are found on page 8 of the MSU Undergraduate catalog.

Teacher Education Mission

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Teacher Education at Minot State University, in its graduate and undergraduate programs, prepares teachers who will be reflective decision-makers. Teacher Education at Minot State University, in its graduate and undergraduate programs, prepares teachers who will be reflective decision-makers. Decision-making builds from a knowledge base. From that base, teachers are able to draw conclusions, make inferences, internalize concepts, and act. Our mission is to provide opportunities for candidates to acquire the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors that will allow them to deliver optimum learning experiences for diverse pupils in changing classroom environments."

FRAMEWORK FOR TEACHER EDUCATION GOVERNANCE UNIT (TEGU) MINOT STATE UNIVERSITY

Purpose of the Governance Structure

The Teacher Education Governance Unit (TEGU) develops and monitors requirements and policies in support of the theme "Teacher as a Reflective Decision-Maker, and conceptual model, "ARK: Action, Reflection, Knowledge", for Teacher Education programs across the university. Minot State University provides a teacher education program that meets NCATE, state, and other appropriate university and program accreditation requirements.

The Teacher Education governance structure has been created at Minot State University to allow for efficient and effective functioning of TEGU with maximum faculty participation and input. TEGU is described below.

Organization of the Teacher Education Unit

The Teacher Education Governance Unit is not an academic department or division as such. Rather, is comprised of Teacher Education faculty and administrators from the College of Education and Health Sciences, the College of Business, and the College of Arts and Sciences. The Teacher Education faculty serve the Unit in their capacities as teacher educators while they are officially housed in the departments and divisions across the campus which deliver course work and programs in elementary or secondary education. All Teacher Education programs lead to the Bachelor of Science in Education degree (BSE).

The Dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences serves as the unit head of TEGU. The following chart delineates the flow of responsibility in TEGU:

TEGU Chart

The Dean has responsibility for the development and approval of policies and procedures through two representative bodies, the Teacher Education Administrative Council (TEAC) and the Program and Policy Committee (P&P). TEAC is the approval-granting body and the P&P Committee is the recommendation-making "think tank" for TEGU.

Teacher Education Administrative Council

TEAC serves as the review and approval body for TEGU. TEAC’s membership includes the Dean of EHS, the Dean of Arts and Sciences, the Dean of Business, the Dean of the Graduate School, the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education and Human Performance, and the Chair of the Department of Communication Disorders and Special Education. Any of these members may designate a representative to stand in their stead.

The members of TEAC approve students for admission to Teacher Education, and serve as the appeal board for students who seek waivers for admission or retention requirements. This body seeks input from and reviews and approves / disapproves recommendations for program requirements and policy changes by the Program and Policy Committee. TEAC also approves program and curriculum changes from all Teacher Education programs. TEAC meets at least twice each semester for the above purposes.

Program and Policies Committee (P&P)

The P&P Committee is a representative committee Teacher Education faculty responsible for recommending policies and procedures on issues relevant to policies and procedures. Recommendations generated by P&P are forwarded for review and/or approval to TEAC. Agenda items may be generated by the P&P committee itself or in response to requests from TEAC or from other departments or the Stakeholders Advisory Committee.

The P&P Committee is comprised of the two co-chairs, two elementary education faculty, and one representative from each academic department or major program offering a Bachelor of Science in Education (BSE) and/or at least one of the courses in the Teacher Education Professional Sequence. To be eligible to serve on the P&P committee, faculty must have teaching responsibility for Teacher Education course work and/or supervisory responsibility for student teachers. Faculty representatives are selected by their representative departments and serve at the discretion of their departments.

The P&P committee is co-chaired by two of its members: one co-chair will be the Chair of the Department of Teacher Education & Human Performance; the second co-chair will be an elected representative from a secondary or K-12 Teacher Education program. When a P&P committee member rises to co-chair, that person ceases to be a voting member for their department. That department will appoint another person to be the department representative.

The rotation for the election of the co-chair for the P&P committee is as follows: The co-chair is to be elected from TEGU membership representing secondary or other K-12 Teacher Education programs; this co-chair will be elected by a simple majority of the P&P committee membership from a ballot. The co-chair will serve a three-year term.

Policy Decisions

All program and policy changes recommended by the P&P committee must be approved by TEAC. If changes impact courses, programs, or graduation requirements, they must be approved by TEAC before following other university approval procedures. In P&P Committee meetings, a quorum is one more person than half the present Membership. Members may send a voting proxy if they are unable to attend. Motions are passed by a simple majority vote of members present at the meeting. Motions containing program, policy and/or procedures recommendations passed by a P&P Committee vote are forwarded for approval to TEAC.

The P&P Committee meets at least twice each semester, or at least four times per academic year. Additional meetings may be scheduled on an as-needed basis. The co-chairs are responsible for scheduling all meetings.

(Institutional Committees)

Standing Committees

Four P&P standing subcommittees exist. The Steering Committee is responsible for setting agendas for the P&P committee meetings. It is comprised of the P&P committee co-chairs, the Director of Teacher Advisement and Field Placement, and two additional representatives, one from elementary education and one from a secondary or K-12 department. The Professional Development Committee, appointed by the co-chairs, is responsible for organizing professional development activities for TEGU faculty. The Assessment Committee, appointed by the co-chairs, is responsible for designing and managing an assessment system for TEGU. The Practical Experiences Committee is chaired by the Director of Teacher Advisement and Field Placement, with one elementary, one secondary, and one K-12 member; this committee is responsible for developing and recommending policies for the field placement of students in the Teacher Education program.

The P&P Committee may constitute ad-hoc subcommittees as needed. Representation on ad hoc subcommittees is self-selected, unless otherwise specified. Once formed, an ad hoc subcommittee selects one of its members to serve as chair. All P&P subcommittees examine teacher education issues, then draft and revise program and policy recommendation documents as needed.

Teacher Education Stakeholders Advisory Committee

The P&P Committee and TEAC are supported by the Teacher Education Stakeholders Advisory Committee. This group meets yearly or more often as needed. This committee is comprised of school and community representatives who provide feedback to TEGU regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the program as perceived by the groups they represent. They are asked to assess and advise TEGU regarding proposed changes in the delivery of the program and to assist in the communication of these changes back to their respective constituencies. This committee of 17 is comprised of the following representatives:

2 Elementary Education Student Representatives
2 Secondary Education Student Representatives
1 Elementary Education Alumni Representative
1 Secondary Education Alumni Representative
1 Elementary Education Student Teaching Supervisor
1 Secondary Education Student Teaching Supervisor
1 Elementary School Administrator
1 Secondary School Administrator
1 Representative of Minot Public School Board and/or Central Office Administrator
1 Representative of an area School Board
2 Community Members selected by MSU Alumni Association
2 Co-Chairs of P&P Committee (ex-officio chairs)
Director of Teacher Advisement and Field Placement (ex-officio)
Accepted: January 30, 2002
This document will be updated as needed.

Teacher Education Programs at Minot State University

The tables below identify teacher education majors and programs related to schools for which Minot State University seeks accreditation.

Graduate Programs in Teacher Education Unit

Program
95/96
96/97
97/98
98/99
99/00
00/01
01/02
02/03
Spec. Ed.
7
24
21
15
18
12
11
4
Elem. Ed.
14
24
14
35
18
4
30**
4**
English
-
-
0
0
0
3
7
0
Math
5
11
9
9
5
3
7
2
Music*
1
0
0
3
5
0
0
0
Science
2
2
3
0
2
1
0
1
School Psych*
0
6
6
2
8
4
8
5
Com. Dis*
28
34
36
38
29
33
30
25
Total
57
98
89
102
85
60
93
41

* Programs accredited by national associations (NASM, NASP, ASHA)
** M Ed grad Programs switched from a Master of Science to a Master of Education

Undergraduate Programs in Teacher Education Unit

Program
95/96
96/97
97/98
98/99
99/00
00/01
01/02
02/03
Art
3
4
2
3
0
0
0
1
Ed Deaf
18
21
10
8
5
7
3
4
ED M-R
21
24
16
15
13
11
3
8
Com Dis
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
9
Elem
92
108
93
93
63
75
55
72
Bus Ed
8
10
5
8
4
9
13
9
English
7
1
6
7
6
7
2
4
Math
4
0
5
5
5
2
3
2
Music
2
8
2
6
7
8
7
7
Phy Ed
11
5
12
8
15
11
7
11
Earth Sci
2
1
0
0
0
1
0
2
Physical Sci
3
1
1
1
0
1
1
3
Psych
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
Soc Sci
11
10
6
4
5
3
6
2
Biology
3
3
4
2
0
2
3
2
Chem
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
French
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
German
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
Spanish
0
0
0
0
1
0
2
0
History
7
6
5
2
7
4
5
1
Physics
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
Com Arts
0
1
1
0
1
1
2
0
Total
192
203
168
162
134
145
114
138