The Professional Education Unit at Salisbury University 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.
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.
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|Teaching Program||Degree(s) Offered||Grades Licensed to Teach|
|Earth Science||BS/Earth Science||7-12|
|French||BA/Modern Foreign Language||K-12|
|Music||BA/Music (Chorale or Instrumental)||K-12|
|Physical Education||BS/Physical Education||K-12|
|Spanish||BA/Modern Foreign Language||K-12|
2. What is the faculty/student ratio for education classes?
3. What GPA do I need to enter the professional program?
4. What is the average GPA of candidates entering the professional program?
In 2013-2014, the average GPA of undergraduates entering the program was 3.18. For candidates entering the MAT Program, the average GPA was 3.24 (Source: 2015 PEDS report).
5. What do I need to do to stay in the professional program?
6. What is the student loan default rate for your students?
Default data by academic major is not available. However, for the University as a whole, the 3-year cohort default rate for Salisbury University published in September 2014 is 6.5%. This represents the number of students who graduated in 2011 who have defaulted on their loans at some point in the past three years. The national average for the same time period is 13.7% (Source: Salisbury University Financial Aid Office).
7. What is the average starting salary of graduates of your program?
2016 education graduates with full-time employment reported starting salaries between $20,000 and $47,567 (Source: SU Career Services First Destination Survey).
8. How long will it take to earn my SU education degree?
9. How much field experience will I get during my program?
Across the education preparation program three types of school placements are required:
14. How do your graduates do on licensing exams?
100% of our program completers are eligible for state licensing. The annual Title II report is available here.
In 2013-14, 99% of SU program completers "Agreed or Strongly Agreed" that they would recommend SU teacher education programs to another person17. Will I get a job when I finish my degree?
78% of SU alumni reported on a follow-up survey that they were employed as full-time teachers (36%); substitute teachers (29%); paraprofessionals (5%) graduate assistants (8%); or in a non-teaching field (22%)18. What type of minor will add to my employability?
Adding a minor to your areas of study can make you much more competitive in the job market. Minors that are popular with school districts include:
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