Advanced (Graduate) Programs
The TEU includes advanced programs as well as initial programs: Master of Education (M.Ed); Master of Music Education (M.M.E.); Master of Arts in Teaching, Mathematics (M.A.T.) Master of Arts in Teaching, Science (M.A.T.); Master of Science in Special Education; Master of Science in Communication Disorders; and Education Specialist in School Psychology. These programs do not lead to initial licensure, but their primary audience is teachers, and teachers may use these degrees to move up to Level III ND licensure aligned with levels of licensure of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification.
All TEU advanced programs have been required to submit an independent assessment report for NCATE and Higher Education Commission reviews. Some align with Specialty Professional Association standards such as the Council for Exceptional Children or National Council of Teachers of Mathematics; some with grant requirements, as in the start-up phases of the M.A.T.s; and some have achieved other national accreditations, i.e. the National Association of Schools of Music for the M.M.E. or National Association of School Psychologists for the Education Specialist in School Psychology. Under the current TEU system, common benchmarking and types of assessments have been drafted for advanced programs writing reports to SPA or ND standards, to demonstrate consistency on NCATE expectations. This overarching model will be discussed for final refinements at the Fall 2006 Stakeholders and P&P meetings.
The Master of Education program includes an M.Ed. Core, addressing teaching and learning overall, and twelve concentration options: Elementary Education, Elementary Mathematics, Art, Business, English, Gifted Education, Kindergarten, Middle School, Reading, Science, Special Education, and Physical Education. The M.Ed. is reviewed on a regular basis by the Master of Education Committee, which includes members from concentration areas and the M.Ed. Core. The M.Ed. Committee makes recommendations to the P&P Assessment Sub-committee, P&P Committee and TEAC. Other advanced programsí formative discussions are held in their respective departments and flow through P&P, TEAC and the Graduate Council. Graduate Program Directors meet monthly and their working committee recommends to the Graduate Council and TEAC. This interaction assures a communication link between the TEU and the Graduate School. The Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Linda Cresap, also serves on the TEAC.
Joint meetings of the Graduate Program Directors who report for NCATE reviews and the P&P Committee were held during Fall 2005 and Spring 2006 to make final refinements to the TEU assessment system for the masters programs and assure coherence within the system and ARK Conceptual Framework across all program levels. Common benchmarking for advanced programs and the types of assessments required were discussed first within the M.Ed. program, since it requires coordination across multiple departments, and then presented for comments and clarifications to the Graduate Program Directors, P&P Assessment Sub-committee, P&P, and TEHP faculty. Regular feedback from candidates in the graduate programs is obtained through candidate evaluations of courses and faculty, and from stakeholders at the TEU retreats.