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  Sep 24, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-18

College of Education

College of Education and Human Development



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Deans Office 2301 Sangren Hall

Ming Li
Dean

Christopher Cheatham
Associate Dean of Academic Services

Marcia Fetters
Associate Dean and Director of Teacher Education

 

Mission
Embracing WMU’s goals to be learner centered, discovery driven, and globally engaged, the College of Education and Human Development is committed to:

  • Developing exceptional education and human development professionals who positively impact our global society
  • Advancing knowledge through teaching, scholarship, creative works, and service
  • Enhancing the university and its stakeholders through transformative field experiences and collaborations

Vision
Be the premier choice for a diverse community of education and human development learners by offering a portfolio of regionally, nationally and internationally recognized programs.

 

Academic Departments:

Counselor Education and Counseling Psychology
Educational Leadership, Research and Technology

Family and Consumer Sciences
Human Performance and Health Education
Special Education and Literacy Studies
Teaching, Learning, and Educational Studies

Centers and Offices:

Office of Admissions and Advising
Office of Field Placements
Office of Teacher and Administrator Certification
Center for Counseling and Psychological Services
Merze Tate Grant and Innovation Center
Dorothy J. McGinnis Reading Center and Clinic

Curricula for Teachers
The program for prospective teachers consists of three parts: (1) general education, designed to develop an intellectual foundation of appropriate depth and breadth in liberal arts and general studies; (2) advanced specialized study, in a major and minor or two major field(s) structured to develop a high level of academic competence and understanding; and (3) professional education study organized to prepare teacher candidates to work effectively in schools.

Prospective teachers choose to work toward eligibility for the Michigan Elementary Provisional Certificate (valid for teaching all subjects in grades kindergarten through fifth, all subjects in self-contained classrooms in grades kindergarten through eighth, and major/minor subjects in grades kindergarten through eighth) OR the Michigan Secondary Provisional Certificate (valid for major and minor subjects in grades six through twelve).

The following undergraduate curricula lead to certification and are offered in the College of Education and Human Development: Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education. Students seeking admission to these curricula must contact the Office of Admissions and Advising, 2421 Sangren Hall.

Students electing to major in Art, Career and Technical Education, Music, Physical Education, Health Education, and Special Education may be certified to teach in their specialized area in grades K-12 by completing the curriculum and certification requirements.

Students seeking admission to one of the following curricula will work with the appropriate advisor in the College of Fine Arts:

  • Art (see School of Art advisor)
  • Music (see School of Music for audition)

Teaching certificates are recommended only for those students who satisfactorily complete an approved teacher education program with the required grade point average for their program, meet the Michigan basic skills examination requirement with passing SAT scores or other Michigan Department of Education approved measure, pass the appropriate MTTC subject area test(s), complete a background check and provide any necessary documentation, hold valid CPR and First Aid credentials from an approved agency, and have a bachelor’s degree.

Office of Admissions and Advising

Main Advising Office
2421 Sangren Hall
(269) 387-3474
www.wmich.edu/education/advising
cehd-advising@wmich.edu

Staff:
Christine Robinson, Director
Carol Morris-Mier, Administrative Assistant II
Jennifer Nitzel, Administrative Assistant I
Derek Andree, Assistant Director
Andrea Bau, Advisor
Stacie Ballard, Advisor
Douglas Engebretsen, Advisor
Amanda Lozier, Advisor
Shannon Myers, Advisor

The Office of Admissions and Advising provides information regarding teacher education curricula and processes applications for admissions to those curricula in the College of Education and Human Development. The office also provides academic advisement for students enrolled in both teaching and human development curricula within the College and advises post-baccalaureate students seeking initial teacher certification and second bachelors degrees.

All students seeking admission to teacher education curricula as entering freshmen, transfers, or as students changing curricula must contact the Office of Admissions and Advising. All students declaring a preference for a curriculum leading to a teaching certificate will be assigned a pre-education designator at the time of admission to the University.

Students wishing to enter the Elementary or Early Childhood Elementary Education program must meet the following minimum requirements at the time of application:  

  • Completion of at least 35 credit hours
  • Completion of all Western Michigan University Intellectual Skills Development courses if required (e.g. MATH 1090, LS 1040, ENGL 1000)
  • Completion of an approved college level writing course
  • Completion with a grade of “CB” or better ED 2500: Human Development
  • Achievement of a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better
  • Achievement of passing scores on the Michigan basic skills examination - see advisor for specific approved test
  • Completion of a background check and submission of any necessary additional documentation

Once all of the above requirements have been met, a formal application requesting admission to the program must be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Advising, 2421 Sangren Hall.

Students wishing to enter the Secondary Education program must meet the following minimum requirements at the time of application:  

  • Completion of at least 60 credit hours
  • Completion of all Western Michigan University Intellectual Skills Development courses if required (e.g. MATH 1090, LS 1040, ENGL 1000)
  • Completion of an approved college level writing course
  • Completion with a grade of “CB” or better ED 2000: Introduction to American Education
  • Achievement of a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better
  • Achievement of passing scores on the Michigan basic skills examination - see advisor for specific approved test
  • Completion of a background check and submission of any necessary additional documentation
  • Once all of the above requirements have been met, a formal application requesting admission to the program must be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Advising, 2421 Sangren Hall.

Students wishing to enter the Special Education program must meet the following minimum requirements at the time of application (February 1) for consideration - admission to the Special Education program is not guaranteed:

  • Completion of 56 hours (Spring semester hours may be counted)
  • Completion of all Western Michigan University Intellectual Skills Development courses if required (e.g., MATH 1090, LS 1040, ENGL 1000)
  • Completion of an approved college level writing course
  • Completion of ED 2500: Human Development: Applications in Education or an approved course, with a grade of “CB” or better
  • Achievement of a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better
  • Achievement of passing scores on the Michigan basic skills examination - see advisor for specific approved test
  • Completion of a background check and submission of any necessary additional documentation
  • Submission of Letter of Intent
  • Documentation of thirty clock hours of experience with person(s) with a disability and a current T.B. test.
  • Completion of a formal application for admission to Special Education by February 1Admission applications will be processed once a year. 

Students wishing to enter the Physical Education, Health Education or Career and Teacher Education program must meet the following minimum requirements at the time of application:  

  • Completion of at least 35 credit hours
  • Completion of all Western Michigan University Intellectual Skills Development courses if required (e.g. MATH 1090, LS 1040, ENGL 1000)
  • Completion of an approved college level writing course
  • Completion with a grade of “C” or better ED: 2500 Human Development (for Health Education and Career and Technical Education) or HPHE 2400 (Physical Education)
  • Achievement of a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or better
  • Achievement of passing scores on the Michigan basic skills examination - see advisor for specific approved test
  • Completion of a background check and submission of any necessary additional documentation
  • Once all of the above requirements have been met, a formal application requesting admission to the program must be submitted to the Office of Admissions and Advising, 2421 Sangren Hall.

Teacher Testing

Public Act 282 (1992) amends Section 1531 of Public Act 451 (1976), as amended by Public Act 267 (1986), mandates the implementation of a teacher certification testing program in Michigan effective July 1, 1992. Under the provisions of this act, all candidates for teacher certification in Michigan must pass a basic skills examination (reading, writing, math) test. Candidates for a secondary certification must pass their subject exam to be certified. Passing the mandatory minor subject exam is optional.  Candidates for an elementary certification must pass the elementary certification examination. The Michigan basic skills examinatin requirement must be passed prior to intern teaching.

This act also requires the passing of appropriate and available test(s) prior to the addition of new subjects or grade-levels endorsements

Information regarding required teacher testing may be obtained from the Office of Admissions and Advising, 2421 Sangren Hall or the college website.

Appeals
A student aggrieved by an action taken within the College of Education and Human Development has the right to appeal such action by filing an appeal form in the Dean’s Office within twenty-one (21) days of the aggrieved action. Appeals may be reviewed by the Academic and Professional Standards Committee.  Information about the appeal procedure is available in the Office of Admission and Advising. 

Office of Teacher and Administrator Certification

2421 Sangren Hall
(269) 387-3473
wmich.edu/teachercertification

Staff:
Laura Ciccantell, Certification Officer
Rachel Carlson, Coordinator of Dta and Reporting
Nicole Lockwood-Womack, Certification Advisor

The Office of Teacher and Administrator Certification processes recommendations for administrator, counseling, and initial provisional and interim occupational teacher certification. The office provides advising regarding Michigan certification laws, rules and policies, and requirements for additional grade-level and subject endorsements. Michigan certification laws and requirements change frequently. Please see the certification website or contact the certification office for the most current information.

TRIO Future Educator Success Program Office

2302 Sangren Hall
(269) 387-3500
wmich.edu/trio-future-educators

Staff:
M’Myia Hughes, TRIO FESP Director
Toni Latham, Program Services Coordinator
Harmony Williams, Administrative Assistant II

The TRiO Future Educator Success Program is a federally funded grant program that promotes the success of future teachers from Western Michigan University who are first-generation college, income-eligible students or students with disabilities. Services include a robust first year experience, career and graduate school exploration, financial assistance, leadership opportunities, mentorship and more.

Office of Field Placements

2421 Sangren Hall
(269) 387-3466
wmich.edu/internteaching

Staff:
To Be Determined, Director
Katrina Goodall, Coordinator Pre-Internships
Marijo Elwell, Administrative Assistant I

 

The Office of Field Placements is responsible for the coordination and oversight of all field experiences, including intern teaching associated with teacher education curricula.

Intern Teaching
The following criteria must be met prior to undertaking intern teaching:

  • Completion of all required course work.
  • Completion of a background check and submission of any necessary additional documentation.
  • Proof of having met the GPA and course requirements as conveyed in the student’s course catalog year.
  • Recommendation from major and minor departments.
  • Completion of methods course(s) in major and/or minor.
  • Passing scores on the Professional Readiness Exam.
  • Proof of graduation audit.

Students must apply for their internship at least one year prior to the semester in which they plan to complete their intern teaching requirements. Students may not select their placements for intern teaching. Placements are made by the Office of Field Placements based on programmatic needs and are usually within a 30 mile radius from the main campus and/or in designated partnership schools. Students may not enroll in other course work during intern teaching.

Please note:  To be recommended for teacher certification, students must achieve at least a grade of “C” in ED 4100: Seminar in Education and “credit” in Intern Teaching, in addition to having met all other requirements for graduation.

Health and Liability Insurance
Students engaged in field experiences or intern teaching must give evidence of having health insurance at the time of course enrollment. Liability insurance coverage will be provided by the University through a fee assessed at the time of enrollment in courses requiring field experiences.

Dorothy J. McGinnis Reading Center and Clinic
Deanna Roland, Director
4511 Sangren Hall
(269) 387-3470

The primary purpose of the Dorothy J. McGinnis Reading Center and Clinic is to provide clinical experiences in literacy (reading and writing) assessment and instruction for undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Western Michigan University who are preparing to work with children (Kindergarten through 12th grade) in literacy instruction. All activities and experiences designed by clinic instructors and students provide literacy assessment, diagnosis, tutoring in one-on-one or small class, and coaching in a clinical setting. Additional services the Reading Center offers are consultative literacy workshops and seminars for teachers, schools, and organizations in southwestern Michigan. The Reading Center also houses a library, serving educators and children in the community with a large collection of children and young adult literature for use in all content areas. Furthermore, the clinic provides students in education an opportunity to observe and participate in the administration of educational and clinical assessments, and the procedures employed in interviewing children, parents as well as procedures in interviewing children, parents, and school personnel. Also, the center serves as a partner to various educational organizations and schools in the community and provides literacy enrichment experiences for families and youth, including summer programs..  See Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies course listings for reading courses offered.

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