Professional Education Unit
The Professional Education Unit is made up of the faculty and administrators from schools and departments who coordinate teacher education programs for both initial and advanced programs. The unit's Conceptual Framework provides a clear statement of what it means to be a professional educator from the perspective of initial and advanced teacher candidates, university faculty, mentor teachers and P-12 school partners. The conceptual framework is comprised of four themes: Informed and Reflective Practice, Enhanced Student Learning, Scholarship and Collaboration.
The professional education unit serves as an advisory body to provide information about changes to initial and advanced candidate policies as well as accreditation demands to programs and schools that host teacher education programs. The professional education unit meets annually to review unit data to insure a cycle of continuous improvement to initial and advanced teacher education and other school personnel programs.
Teacher Education Council
The Teacher Education Council facilitates collaboration with colleagues across departments and schools on campus. Programs in the unit are organized and coordinated through the Teacher Education Council (TEC), chaired by the Associate Dean. This council facilitates interaction between the Seidel School of Education and Professional Studies, the Henson School for Science and Technology and Fulton School of Liberal Arts. TEC has authority to approve policy and changes to professional education curriculum. TEC serves as an advisory board for all issues related to teacher education. Membership consists of a representative from each teacher education program, the NCATE Coordinator, Coordinator of Field Experiences, PDS Coordinator, school deans and department chairs, and the Seidel Advising Coordinator.
The Teacher Education Council (TEC) is governed by the TEC Constitution and Bylaws. TEC minutes and annual report document the council's business.