2Table of Contents Education Classes Introduction and Welcome Letter PageWelcome LetterFaculty and Staff Department DirectoryExternal Advisory BoardMission of Education DepartmentStudent Learning OutcomesPurposeGoalSocial Justice IntegrationOur Programs OverviewWhy Study Education at E-townAreas of StudyTeacher Certification ProgramChapter 354 General StandardsProvisional AcceptanceFormal AcceptanceDomains of Professional Practice / DigicationClearance InformationPA Dept of Education Testing RequirementsDepartment ChecksheetsRequired English CoursesHonors in the Discipline ProgramEducation Course DescriptionsThe Graduate ProgramTeacher Dispositions/Foundational competenciesStudent Teaching and Field ObservationsSocial Justice OpportunitiesCommon Book in Social JusticeStudent OrganizationsSteps to Become Certified and Etown and Tips for StudentsEducation Department Forms
3Education ClassesWelcome to the Department of Education! Dr. Rachel Finley-Bowman, Education Department ChairWelcome to the Education Department at Elizabethtown College and to your first step in becoming the educators and school leaders of tomorrow! You are beginning an exciting journey, and this manual is designed to help you navigate the curriculum and assessment requirements for teacher certification in the state of Pennsylvania.A major in education at Elizabethtown is a demanding undertaking. Students must excel in challenging coursework in pedagogy, learning theory, cognition, and liberal arts content. They must repeatedly demonstrate competency in field placement classrooms by working with a variety of students and student needs. They must exhibit the dispositions of a professional educator as defined by the PA Code of Conduct and the department’s Teacher Dispositions Policy. Finally, students must pass required state assessments (PRAXIS, PAPA, PECT) and complete a professional portfolio for certification.The Teacher Preparation Program at Elizabethtown College has a unique focus supported by four pillars – Professionalism (as defined by Danielson’s Domains), Social Justice, Undergraduate Research, and Theory into Practice. These pillars are realized through the curriculum, field experiences, research and service-learning projects with faculty mentors, co-curricular organizations and activities, and invited speaker and film series, and they expose pre-service teachers to the real issues and educational policies of the twenty-first century classroom.Departmental faculty and staff want you to begin your career at Elizabethtown with a clear understanding of these expectations and responsibilities for your chosen certification program – Early Childhood (Pre-K to 4), Middle Level (4 to 8), Secondary (7-12), or K-12 (Music, Spanish, Art, and Special Education. We also invite you to consider the option of enrolling in the new 5-year Master’s Program in Special Education which offers dual certification in a general area and special education in either grades PreK-8 or If you encounter policies or procedures that you do not understand, please consult us immediately. This manual is also available on the department’s website.Regards,Dr. Rachel Finley-BowmanChair, Education Department
4Teacher Education Faculty and Staff Education ClassesTeacher Education Faculty and StaffEducation Department OfficeNicarry 143 www.etown.edu/depts/educationDr. Rachel Finley-Bowman, Dept. ChairAssociate Professor of Social Studies EducationNicarry 144Ms. Johanna ShaferDepartment Administrative AssistantDr. Kathy BlouchAssistant Professor of Science EducationNicarry 136Dr. Elizabeth CoyleAssociate Professor of EducationNicarry 141Mrs. Diane DeArmentDirector of Clinical Experiences & Certification OfficerNicarry 142Mr. Doug FisherAdjunct FacultyDr. Shannon Haley-MizeAssistant Professor of EducationNicarry 137Dr. Eugenia KrimmelDr. Charla N LorenzenAsst Prof of Modern LanguagesWenger Center, 303Spanish EducationDr. Don MyersLecturer in EducationNicarry 135 Dr. Susan PitcherNicarry 140Professor Wendy BellewNicarry 139Dr. Kevin T Shorner-JohnsonAsst Prof of Music EducationZug Memorial Hall, 108Music EducationDr. Matthew G SkillenAssistant Professor of EnglishDirector of English EducationWenger Center, 104English EducationDr. Stephen R SoltysAsst Prof of Mathematics EdEsbenshade , 384EMath EducationDr. Juan ToroNicarry 134Dr. Carroll TyminskiNicarry 115
5Teacher Education Faculty and Staff Education ClassesTeacher Education Faculty and StaffDr. Kristen WaughenAdjunct FacultyEsbenshade 284CProfessor James WileLecturer in Education and Mathematical SciencesNicarry 102AMrs. Dana WendlingAdministrative Assistant, Clinical ExperiencesNicarry 102BDr. Stacy WinslowNicarry 143Ms. Wendy MartinScience Education Outreach DirectorNicarry 239(office)(mobile)Ms. Marianne CalendaDean of StudentsBaugher Student Center, 208Dr. E. Fletcher McClellanDean of the FacultyAlpha Hall, 101Dr. Elizabeth A RiderAssoc Academic Dean/RegistrarHigh Library, Room 208
6Department of Education External Advisory Board Mission Statement:Through program assessment, powerful curriculum development, and the cultivation of professional relationships with stakeholders in our field placement schools and districts, the Elizabethtown College Department of Education External Advisory Board is an organization of educators, administrators, college faculty, and staff who are committed to the continued growth and success of our pre-service teachers. Mr. Bradley MillerSecond Grade TeacherLandisville Primary CenterHempfield School DistrictMrs. Melissa ElliottEast High Elementary SchoolElizabethtown Area School DistrictMrs. Julie SharPrimary Multiage TeacherRheems Elementary SchoolDr. Donald MyersLecturer in EducationSupervisor, Student PlacementsDepartment of EducationElizabethtown CollegeDr. Stacy Winslow, Ed. DPrincipal, Hershey Middle SchoolDerry Township School DistrictDr. Rachel Finley-BowmanChair, Department of EducationAssociate ProfessorMrs. Amanda HannPrincipal, Rheems Elementary SchoolMs. Johanna ShaferAdministrative AssistantMr. Donald GillettPrincipal, Wrightsville Elementary SchoolMrs. Wendy BellewMrs. Janell CraunCornwall Elementary SchoolCornwall Lebanon School DistrictMrs. Diane DeArmentDirector, Clinical ExperiencesMr. Richard SchwarzmanAssistant to the Superintendentfor Secondary EducationMr. Ryan BilletPrincipal, Stony Brook Elementary SchoolCentral York School District
7Student Learning Outcomes Education ClassesMission StatementThe mission of the Education Department at Elizabethtown College is to provide its students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become thoughtful and responsible teachers who, informed by scholarship and research, are prepared to meet the social, intellectual, and professional challenges of today's culturally diverse and inclusive pre-K to 12 classrooms.Student Learning OutcomesThe Education Department requires that every student demonstrate the following:A thorough knowledge of the content and pedagogical skills in planning, preparation, and assessment.An ability to establish and maintain a purposeful and equitable environment for learning.An ability to deliver instruction that engages students in learning by using a variety of instructional strategies, including technology.Qualities and dispositions that characterize a professional person in aspects that occur in and beyond the classroom/building.An awareness of, and adherence to, the professional, ethical, and legal responsibilities of being a certified teacher.An ongoing commitment to lifelong learning and professional development through field-related clubs, conferences, and organizations.Teaching and advocacy for principles of social justice and civic competence.
8Social Justice Integration: Education ClassesPurpose:We believe that our purpose is best achieved through adherence to the Pennsylvania Department of Education standards for teacher certification, and through modeling research-based practices of effective instruction and assessment within a relationship-centered climate that supports academic excellence.Goal:Our goal is to prepare highly competent, knowledgeable educators in early childhood, elementary middle, secondary, special, art, music, and Spanish education. Essential components of this preparation are early and frequent field experiences in urban, rural, and suburban settings supervised by certified professionals, and ongoing self-evaluation of knowledge and skill growth through development of a professional portfolio. The capstone assessment is a semester-long student teaching placement that promotes the practical application of theories and best practices learned in program coursework.Social Justice Integration:Integral to our programs is the department's signature attribute of social justice, exhibited through a curricular focus upon advocacy for equity, civic engagement, global citizenship, and international/comparative perspectives. Education faculty are experts in these fields, conducting, presenting, and publishing their own research, and facilitating opportunities for undergraduate scholarship.
9Our Programs: Program Home Department Type of Certification Education ClassesOur Programs:ProgramHome DepartmentType of CertificationEarly Childhood Education, B.S. Ed.EducationPre K-4Early Childhood w/ Special Education, B.S. Ed*Gen Ed- Pre K-4SPED- Pre K-8Elementary/ Middle Level Language w/Special Education B.S. Ed*Lang- 4-8Middle Level Science, B.S Ed.4-8Middle Level Social Studies, B.S. Ed.Middle Level Math, B.S. EdSecondary Biology, B.S. Ed.Biology7-12Secondary Chemistry, B.S. EdChemistry and BiochemistrySecondary English, B.A., English EdEnglishSecondary Math, B.S. , Math EdMathematical SciencesSecondary Social Studies, B.S., Social Studies EdSecondary Gen Science B.S., EdSecondary Physics, B.S. , Physics EdPhysics and EngineeringMusic Education, B.M.Fine and Performing ArtsK-12 Music EducationArt Education, B.S. Ed.K-12 Art EducationModern Languages- Spanish Education, B.A. Spanish with K-12 Education CertificationModern LanguagesK-12 Spanish Education4+1 Master’s Degree in Special Education, M. Ed.Master’s SPED PreK-8,* First-Year students entering Elizabethtown College Fall 2013 can declare the four-year Special Education Certification Program up until May 1st, Otherwise, they are required to complete the MEd Special Education 4+1 Program. NO EXCEPTIONS.
10Why Study at Elizabethtown: Hallmarks of our Program Education ClassesWhy Study at Elizabethtown:Hallmarks of our ProgramField placements in each year of study in a variety of settings As an education major at Elizabethtown College, you begin classroom observations in your first year. You will be exposed to a variety of school settings: suburban, urban and rural.Access to full-time clinical coordinator Field placements are an important part of your educational experience at E-town. You won't have to worry about securing your own placement locations; we do it for you!Middle-level certification areas Elizabethtown College was one of the first colleges in Pennsylvania to receive middle-level accreditation. We offer courses leading to certification in science, mathematics, social studies, and English/ language arts/reading.Frequency of student-teaching observations by field supervisors Your time as an Education major culminates with your student-teaching experience. You will be fully supported by a dedicated field supervisor who will make frequent observations to your classroom.
11Why Study at Elizabethtown: Hallmarks of our Program Education ClassesWhy Study at Elizabethtown:Hallmarks of our ProgramIntegration of social justice throughout coursework Our department embraces the mission and educational philosophies of the Elizabethtown College's in many ways, including implementing values of social justice into the curriculumStudent interest in civic engagement opportunities The Education Department at E-town College encourages our majors to get involved in the community. Tutoring and reading to children at local libraries and community centers is just one example of how you can give back while cultivating your classroom skills.Student research and scholarship opportunities Student scholarship is alive at Elizabethtown College. As an education major, you will have research opportunities including Honors in the Discipline or participation in the College's annual Scholarship and Creative Arts Day as well as the opportunity to present at professional conferences in your specialty discipline.Learn from accomplished faculty committed to scholarship and mentoring All Elizabethtown College courses are taught by committed faculty members.Graduate Study in Special Education –The Department offers a unique 4+1 Master’s program in special education which provides candidates with two full semesters of student teaching and prepares them to be highly qualified in a general certification area and PreK-8 or 7-12 special education.
12Early Childhood Education Education ClassesAreas of StudyThe Department of Education at Elizabethtown College has a tradition of successfully preparing teacher candidates who graduate, obtain Pennsylvania State Teacher certification and go on to secure teaching positions in Pennsylvania and surrounding states. We provide students with an opportunity to pursue the following majors:Early Childhood EducationElementary/ Middle LevelSecondary EducationSpecial Education* (Please see the Master’s Program on Page 80)Early Childhood EducationPre-K through 4th gradeCandidates for certification in Early Childhood Education must complete a major that consists of two key elements. The first element emphasizes critical concepts and ideas important to one’s general education and academic preparation for teaching. The second emphasis stresses a professional core organized in five areas:Early Childhood Development,Cognition and LearningSubject Matter Pedagogy Content (Pre-K through 4);AssessmentFamily and Community PartnershipsProfessionalism
13Elementary/Middle Level Education Education ClassesElementary/Middle Level Education4th through 8th gradeCandidates for certification in Elementary/Middle Level Education must select an emphasis in one of four academic content areas and be a generalist in each of the other three academic content areas.The academic emphasis requires completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours in one of the following four content areas:1) Mathematics,2) Science,3) English/Language Arts and Reading, or4) Social Studies.In addition to the one academic emphasis, candidates also are expected to generalize in the remaining three content areas by completing 12 credit hours in each. Students also complete a professional core organized into five areas:Early Adolescent and Adolescent Development, Cognition and Learning;Subject Matter Pedagogy Content (Grades Four through Eight);3) Assessment;4) Family and Community Partnerships;5) Professionalism.Content requirements are based on national standards for Elementary/Middle Level Education as well as Pennsylvania's curriculum standards. Candidates will have 190 hours of field experiences prior to student teaching.
14Education ClassesSecondary EducationPrograms in Secondary Education are available in select academic areas including:BiologyChemistryEnglishMathematicsPhysics Special interdisciplinary programs in:Social StudiesGeneral ScienceMajors and Pennsylvania certification for kindergarten through 12th grade are also available in :MusicFine Arts-ArtModern Languages-SpanishCarefully designed work in the academic or interdisciplinary major, the Core program and electives qualify students for a degree appropriate to that major and for Pennsylvania certification. For specific requirements for these programs, refer to Catalog sections relating to the primary major or to the interdisciplinary section for the two interdisciplinary programs.
15Teacher Certification Program Education ClassesTeacher Certification ProgramAs part of its general requirements for majors and/or certification, the Education Department expects students to make application into the Teacher Certification Program. This begins with Provisional Acceptance( routinely this is done as a first-year student) and this is followed by Formal Acceptance. (routinely this is done as a sophomore student).On the following pages you will find information on the specific requirements for Provisional Acceptance followed by specific information for Formal Acceptance as well as information on all required clearances.The programs at Elizabethtown College are accredited through the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and are governed by the General Standards of Chapter 354 of the Pennsylvania Code.
16Education Classes Chapter 354 General Standards I. MISSION - The professional educator programs shall have a cooperatively developed missionstatement that is based on the needs of the professional educator candidates, public school entities and theirstudents, and consistent with the design of the programs. (354.21) (49.14(4)(i)II. ASSESSMENT [REPORTING] – The preparing institution shall submit an annual systematicreport and a biennial report on candidates and demonstrate that the results are used to modify and improvethe professional education programs. (354.22) (49.14(4)(vii)(x)III. ADMISSIONS – The preparing institution shall document that its procedure for admittingapplicants into its professional education programs confirms that they have met the course, credit and gradepoint average or alternative admissions requirements. (354.23) (354.31) (49.14(4)(v)IV. DESIGN - The preparing institution shall document that the academic content courses for initialpreparation programs culminating in a bachelor’s degree or higher shall be the same as a Bachelor of Artsor Bachelor of Science Degree and shall also include all required electives in the content area that thecandidates plan to teach or serve and allow completion in four years. (354.24) (49.14(4)(iii)V. FIELD EXPERIENCES – The preparing institution shall document that candidates complete aplanned sequence of professional education courses and field experiences that integrate academic andprofessional education content with actual practice in classrooms and schools to create meaningful learningexperiences for all students. (354.25)(354.26)(49.14(4)(iv)(viii)VI. STUDENT TEACHING – The preparing institution shall document that candidates for initialInstructional I certification complete a 12-week full-time student-teaching experience under the supervisionof qualified program faculty and cooperating teachers. (354.25) (49.14(4)(ii))VII. COLLABORATION – The preparing institution shall document that higher education faculty,public school personnel, and other members of the professional education community collaborate to design,deliver, and facilitate effective programs for the preparation of professional educators and to improve thequality of education in schools. (354.25) (354.41) (49.14(4)(ix)VIII. ADVISING & MONITORING - The preparing institution shall document its procedure forrecruiting and advising students, systematically monitoring their progress, and assessing their competenceto begin their professional roles upon completion of the program. (354.32) (354.33) (49.14(4)(vi))IX. EXIT CRITERIA – The preparing institution shall have a published set of criteria andcompetencies for exit from each professional education program, that are based on the PA AcademicStandards, Specific Program Guidelines and the learning principles for each certificate category. (354.33)(49.14(4)(iii)X. FACULTY - The preparing institution shall provide systematic and comprehensive activities toassess and enhance the competence, intellectual vitality and diversity of the faculty. (354.41)
17Provisional Acceptance Education ClassesProvisional AcceptanceApplication for Provisional Acceptance into the teacher certification program is routinely done as a first-year student during the semester that you will complete both ED 105 &150 or ED151 (typically during Spring semester of your first year)Students must apply for Provisional Acceptance when the following specific application requirements occur:You have completed at least 27 credit hoursYou have completed at least two courses with Education prefixes (ED 105 & ED 150 or ED151)You have a cumulative (overall) GPA of at least 2.8You have a grade of C or better in all courses with Education prefixesYou must be a declared education majorYou have submitted a student life clearance (complete the top portion only and bring to Nicarry 143)You must submit a professional e-portfolio which includes the following information:One picture of yourselfResumeEducational PhilosophyDates of your clearances and TB testPAPA Scores (if you have already taken them, please include your scores)Description of your experience working with childrenSample of your writing (Educational philosophy may be used for this or something such as an article review, lit review, etc)Other items you wish to present in support of your application
18Education ClassesFormal Acceptance Application for Formal Acceptance into the Teacher Certification program is routinely done as a sophomore student after completing at least 3 education courses (typically during spring of your sophomore year ) .Students must apply for formal acceptance when the following specific application requirements occur:You have completed at least 54 credit hoursYou have completed at least 3 courses with education prefixesYou have completed 2 math courses and two English courses (one writing composition and one literature)Overall GPA of at least 3.0Proof of an updated TB test (no older than 1 year)Up to date criminal clearances (no older than 1 year)Passing scores for the PAPA testsThe professional e-portfolio which includes updated: One picture of yourself Updated resume Dates of your clearances and TB test PAPA scores (if you have taken the tests and are awaiting your scores, please note that on your portfolio) Educational Philosophy Description of your experience working with children Sample of your writingOther items you wish to present in support of your applicationStudent life clearance - previous clearance will be checked by the department for any recent disciplinary issues. You do NOT need to sign another student life clearance.
19The Domains of Professional Practice The Danielson Framework The Professional Portfolio
20The Professional Portfolio The Domains of Professional Practice- The Danielson FrameworkThe Professional PortfolioAll education majors are required to complete a portfolio which assesses and documents their growth as professionals during their capstone student teaching experience. Beginning in the freshmen year, students are introduced to the concept of the portfolio, and artifacts are collected from pertinent content courses, education courses, and field placements. During the junior methods placement, students will assemble their first complete portfolio using a traditional binder format. In the senior year, this portfolio is transferred to an electronic version (using Digication software). Students are also required to assemble a companion portfolio brochure which emphasizes their very best work.The portfolio is to be organized according to Charlotte Danielson’s Four Domains of Professional Practice:Domain 1: Planning and Preparation 1a Demonstrating Knowledge of Content and Pedagogy 1b Demonstrating Knowledge of Students 1c Setting Instructional Outcomes 1d Demonstrating Knowledge of Resources 1e Designing Coherent Instruction 1f Designing Student AssessmentsDomain 2: Classroom Environment 2a Creating an Environment of Respect and Rapport 2b Establishing a Culture for Learning 2c Managing Classroom Procedures 2d Managing Student Behavior 2e Organizing Physical SpaceDomain 3: Instruction 3a Communicating With Students 3b Using Questioning and Discussion Techniques 3c Engaging Students in Learning 3d Using Assessment in Instruction 3e Demonstrating Flexibility and ResponsivenessDomain 4: Professional Responsibilities 4a Reflecting on Teaching 4b Maintaining Accurate Records 4c Communicating with Families 4d Participating in a Professional Community 4e Growing and Developing Professionally 4f Showing ProfessionalismThe professional portfolio is a clear expression of a student’s educational philosophy, showcasing his/her progress as a pre-service teacher. Portfolio development is a PROCESS; students never really “finish” this project, but continually update and revise the document as they grow and evolve in the profession.It is expected that the portfolio will be organized (table of contents, etc.), neat, and professional. Creativity is absolutely encouraged (color, graphics, and pictures), but students should refrain from making it “cute” or appear as a scrapbook. Your portfolio is an earnest and insightful statement of your work as a teacher.
21Recommended Portfolio Contents Table of ContentsProvide a quick overview of portfolio organizationArtifacts to Reflect Four DomainsSelect artifacts that best demonstrate how you have met each the domain standard.Strive for QUALITY, not quantity!ReflectionsArtifacts illustrate your accomplishments but they do not speak for themselves. Reflections explain your rationale for choosing a particular artifact to highlight your knowledge, experiences, achievements, and beliefs about teaching.Students must justify why their chosen artifacts satisfy each domain using reflective essays or passages.Directly address the domain and the standard(s).Briefly describe artifact in relation to the event or activityAnalyze the significance of the artifact. Explain how you were impacted by this experience.State why you included specific artifacts in your portfolio. This could be a separate section to introduce the domain, or several paragraphs throughout the domain which accompany each artifact.Describe what you learned and explain the outcome of the experience. (Were you surprised by what you learned; was outcome intended or unintended? What insights were gained in this experience?)Ideas to consider for Portfolio Reflections:How and why was this artifact meaningful?Is this artifact the best representation of my knowledge?What does this artifact communicate about my skills?Why this artifact is a good representation of a particular standard?What did you learn; or how did you grow professionally?Tips and Reminders:Make the portfolio neat, organized, and visually appealing.Be sure to cover the entire grade range of your certificate (K-12, 7-12, 4-8, PreK-4) and all pertinent content areas.Highlight minors or other relevant areas of study.Highlight what sets you apart (study abroad, unique internships, undergraduate research)Captions/headlines/titles to explain artifacts are useful.Highlight diverse experiences, showing your ability to work in multiple environments with various responsibilities.Include pictures of your room, bulletin boards, you in action, and the like.The portfolio reflects who you are as a teacher. Think about how this document distinguishes you from other job applicants. Think quality!!
22The Framework for Teaching The Elizabethtown College Department of Education uses the Danielson Framework because it most closely aligns with our mission and constructivist vision of teaching and learning.As described by Danielson, the framework is meant to be the “foundation for professional conversations” among practitioners who seek to enhance their skills and become more thoughtful about the “complex task” of teaching. (Danielson, 2011)College faculty use the framework to generate and sustain such conversations as they guide pre-service teachers towards program completion. The framework also serves as a common assessment of general student progress in the major.The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has also adopted Danielson’s Framework as the overarching vision for effective instruction. Beginning July 1, 2013, in-service teachers will be assessed using the four domains as the foundation of the Teacher Effectiveness System.For more information, please see
23WHAT IS DIGICATION?Digication is an online e-Portfolio tool for showcasing work and achievements. Digication makes it easy for teachers and students to create and share their professional e-Portfolios.What is an e-Portfolio?As stated previously, portfolios are platforms for students, teachers, alumni, and professionals to showcase their work and ideas. They are archives of learning, discovery, progress, achievement and reflection. A few uses of e-portfolios include assessment, admissions, interactive resumes, student galleries, teacher resource sites, collaborative project portfolios, and research presentations.
24How to create your Portfolio Login Directions:Go toChoose the Current Students gatewayHow to create your PortfolioLook under Services and click on e-PortfolioLogin using your as Username and XXXXX as the password.
25To create a new Portfolio: Click on CREATE to create a new portfolioEnter the title of your e-portfolio in this manner : Last name, first name_ EDProvisional (3 underscores)
26Choose More Templates to see templates that are not listed automatically. Click here to use the Education department’s predesigned template
28This area is referred to as sections This area is referred to as sections. You will know which section you are in looking at by the underlined text.This area is referred to as the pages. You will know which page you are on by looking for theunderlined text.
30SAMPLE Department of Education Acceptance Acknowledgement Form Department of Education Acceptance Acknowledgement FormDue to the Education Office by April 22, 2013I have received, read and understand the above information concerning my acceptance into the Education Department. I have discussed this with my Advisor. I understand that my acceptance is not active until all signatures are received and this form is returned to the Education Department office. Failure to submit this form with all signatures on it, may result in my acceptance not being active. My advisor has received and read the information as well. A copy of this letter will be placed in my permanent student file in the Education Office. ____________________________ _____________________Student Signature Advisor Signature_________________ _______________Date Date*Please note: Acceptance is not active until this acknowledgement form has been signed by the student and their advisor and returned to the Education Office, Nicarry 143, for the Department Chair to sign. *____________________________Chair, Education Department_________________Date
31Clearances TB Test Criminal Clearances Education ClassesClearancesFor all students that will be in a field placement, clearances must be updated each year. If a student studies abroad or does not have a placement for a particular semester their clearances must be updated and made current prior to beginning a new placement.TB TestValid for one year. A copy of your new TB test results should be brought to the Education office in Nicarry 143 to be placed in your file. The health center administers TB tests at a nominal cost. You must schedule an appointment for this service by calling Tests may also be administered by your family doctor but results must be sent to you at school so the education department can make a copy of the test results.Criminal ClearancesYou will need to apply for and have proof of valid criminal record clearances prior to taking ED105. Submit copies to the Education office in Nicarry 143. Original criminal clearances are YOUR responsibility and should be stored where you can access them on campus. School districts require seeing the original criminal clearances at the start of a field placement, so take your clearances with you the first week of ALL field placements.
32Education ClassesCriminal ClearancesAll clearances are required for admission to the College’s teacher education program (regardless of your state of residence) and for accepting a position in a Pennsylvania school. Criminal clearance forms and directions to process these clearances can always be picked up in the Education Office, Nicarry 143.The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires four separate clearances for teacher candidates :PA State Police Criminal Record Check, (Act 34)PA Child Abuse History clearance (Act 151)FBI Criminal History Report* (fingerprints) (Act 114)ACT 24 – Arrest/Conviction Form (you will sign this and submit to the Education department. You will not need a copy of this)As you receive your criminal clearances, bring a copy of each clearance to the Education Office, Nicarry 143. We need a copy of all clearances for your file. Lack of clearances will prohibit you from starting any field placement. Always bring your original clearances with you the first day of any field placement and present them to the school office. School districts also require that the Education Department of Elizabethtown College has verification of your criminal clearances on file before you start any field placement. Original criminal clearances are YOUR responsibility and should be stored where you can access them on campus.You are required to update your Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse, FBI Criminal History and TB Test clearances on a yearly basis. Please keep track of the dates on your clearances and update them when they expire each year. Always bring copies of updated clearances to Nicarry 143( Ms.Shafer) or Nicarry 142 (Mrs. DeArment) so we can update your file.
33PA State Police CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK (ACT 34) : ONLINE INSTRUCTIONS Education ClassesPA State Police CRIMINAL RECORD CHECK (ACT 34) : ONLINE INSTRUCTIONS(using a Credit Card)Specific Instructions1. Using Internet Explorer - go to (no need to type in www)2. Click on Submit a New Record Check3. Enter Education in REASON FOR REQUEST4. Enter Personal Information (Do not include periods, dashes or commas in the address field)5. Verify that all information is correct6. On Record Check Request Form enter the information regarding who the record check is for. (This may be the same information as the Personal Information page) (Do not include dashes or spaces in the Social Security line.)7. Press Enter this request and then Press Finished8. Review Record Check Request then press Submit9. Enter your Credit Card information. (Do not include spaces or dashes in the Credit Card number line.)10. You will be given the option to print your Criminal Record Check as long as you do not have a record. Be sure to have a printer available to print.11. Be sure to click on the hyperlink that reads “Certification Form”12. Print two copies and bring one copy of the Criminal Record Check to Nicarry 143 for your file. You will keep the other copy.For questions regarding this website call toll-free , option 2
34Be advised, this method can take up to 8 weeks to process!! Education ClassesPA State Police Criminal Record Check (ACT 34) (SP4-164) Mail- In instructionsBe advised, this method can take up to 8 weeks to process!!1. Use the request form provided with these directions.2. Fill in your name as requester, home address, and phone number – Exact information3. Check the following box for “Requester information”“Individual/Noncriminal Justice Agency:4. Fill in your name for “Name/Subject of record check”5. List any aliases or other names you have used, including maiden name6. Fill in your Social Security Number – Verify it’s the correct number7. Indicate your date of birth, sex , and race8. For “reason for request”, check the box for “Education”9. Include a $10.00 money order or certified check payable to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (personal checks and cash will not be accepted).Mail to:Pennsylvania State Police Central Repository-1641800 Elmerton AvenueHarrisburg, PAApproximately six weeks are required to process these requests. To check on the status of your SP4-164 Criminal Record Check, you may call after 4 weeks
35PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form and Instructions (ACT 151) Education ClassesPA Child Abuse History Clearance Form and Instructions (ACT 151)Type or print clearly and neatly in ink Section I only.Address must be Applicant's current home address.All information must be completed in full. ( The form asks for all previous names, addresses, and household members since 1975). This information must be provided to the best of your knowledge and belief.Application must be signed.Enclose a $10.00 money order for each application. No cash or personal checks accepted. Money orders can be purchased at any Turkey Hill Store, Giant Store, your local bank or most convenience stores in PA.Do not send any postage paid return envelopes.Application should be placed in a business-sized or larger envelope prior to mailing.One block must be checked for Purpose for Clearance. Do not check more than one block.Check the School Employee Block if seeking to have involvement within a school (public, private vocational, technical, nursing) for any reason.You do have the option of Driving directly to the Child Abuse Background check site. The building is in Harrisburg (less than an hour drive) .Driving there directly will cut back on your wait time. Wait time at the Site is 15 minutes as opposed to 4 weeks via mailing the form in.Directions to the Child Background Building:283 W to 283N to 83 N83 N to 81 STake Exit 69 Progress Avenue and bear right to go South on Progress AvenueAt 2nd light, make a right onto Elmerton Avenue (CVS is on the right)Continue on Elmerton Avenue, at 2nd light make a left onto Sycamore DriveContinue on Sycamore drive until you get to a BIG speed bump After the speed bump you will see a big, red brick building on the right. Parking lot is on the left. You can park anywhere in the lot.Walk across Sycamore to the brick building (53 Hillcrest).Inside the entrance there is a phone on the wall. You want the phone number that is for the Child Background Check. They are open 8:30 am – 11:45 am and 1 pm – 4:45 pm Mondays thru Fridays. Clearance results will be mailed to you within 14 days from the date that the clearance application is received. There will be no replacements after 90 days. Failure to comply with the above instructions will cause considerable delay.Please contact the following for applicable criminal history requests and status: PA Child Abuse Form: (717) option #4
36HOW TO OBTAIN MY FBI CRIMINAL HISTORY REPORT Education ClassesHOW TO OBTAIN MY FBI CRIMINAL HISTORY REPORT After you have been fingerprinted, you must or bring your Registration ID number (PAE number) to the Education Department, Nicarry The Education Department needs this number to pull your clearance from a portal and to verify that you have obtained this clearance.GO TO and click on Pennsylvania Department of Education- PDEA. Registration-Go to Register Online (on right hand side)-Select payment (credit card OR money order)-Complete registration page-Reason fingerprinted: Select College/University-We recommend you use your permanent address, not your college address-Print your Registration Complete Page (You will need this number later)B. PaymentIf you pay with credit card :-Enter credit card information-Print (or write down) your Registration ID number(The Education Department needs this number, which begins with PAE, to retrieve your clearance from our portal.)-If you cannot pay by credit card, bring a Money Order for $ when you go to the fingerprint site. NO Cash or Personal Checks are accepted.C. Fingerprinting-Go to for the location nearest you – ONLY IN PA-When you go, bring with you:-Your Registration ID Number and Payment Confirmation Number- A Photo ID – One or more of the following is allowable:-Driver’s License or College Issued ID or US Passport- A Money Order for $ IF you did not pay online with a credit cardBe sure you know your Social Security Number!(Try not to have any cuts on any of your fingers)D. or bring in your Registration ID number (PAE number) to the Education Department, Nicarry to Ms. Shafer The Education Department needs this number to pull your clearance and verify that you have obtained this clearance.E. You will receive the unofficial copy in the mail within 3-4 weeks*If you do not receive your clearance in the mail, call within 30 daysTHE FINGERPRINT SITE CLOSEST TO ELIZABETHTOWN COLLEGE IS:UPS Store #3413Stone Mill Plaza1390 Columbia Ave.Lancaster, PAHours: 9 am – 5 pm Monday thru Friday; 9 am – 3 pm Saturday
37PA Dept of Education Testing Requirements (PAPA,PECT,PRAXIS) Education ClassesPA Dept of EducationTesting Requirements(PAPA,PECT,PRAXIS)
38Education Classes Format Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA)PDE Testing Requirements*(*Note: ALL Education Majors – Begin with these tests.)Beginning in April 2012, the Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA) will be the means of assessing reading, mathematics, and writing skills for undergraduate candidates seeking a state-approved Pennsylvania educator preparation Instructional I certificate. All undergraduate candidates for initial certification will be required to pass the PAPA as well as the test corresponding to their specific certification area. PAPA information and registration can be found at PAPA is offered through PEARSON. These exams are delivered as computer-based tests. Each assessment includes multiple modules, each with its own qualifying score. Modules consist of selected-response questions and, for the PAPA, constructed-response assignments to assess candidates' knowledge and skills based on the test objectives. Pre-service Academic Performance Assessment (PAPA)The PAPA includes three modules: Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. To pass the PAPA, examinees must take and meet the qualifying scores of all three modules.FormatSelected-response items and constructed-response assignmentsReading: 40 selected-response itemsMathematics: 40 selected-response itemsWriting: 40 selected-response items, 2 sentence correction assignments, and extended-response assignmentTimeReading: 45 minutesMathematics: 60 minutesWriting: 75 minutesExaminees will also have 15 minutes for a computer-based testing tutorial.Test DatesBy appointment, year round. Test appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis.Test SitesCBT sites are located in Pennsylvania, nationwide, and in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Canada. Locate test center.Qualifying ScorePerformance criterion (cut score): 220 per module For information about qualifying scores, visitReference Materials Provided for this TestA formulas page will be available during the Mathematics module. Review it now. A standard on-screen calculator will be available during the Mathematics module. Review a calculator tutorial now.Test Fee$37 per module; $89 for all three modules. Review test fee and payment information.Score ReportingTest results for the Reading and Mathematics modules are provided at the test center at the conclusion of your test session. Score reports for the Reading and Mathematics modules are available within 10 days after testing. Score reports for the Writing module are available within 20 business days after testing.Testing PoliciesWhen you register, you must agree to abide by all testing rules and policies. Read them now.PrepareView the preparation materials available for this test.
39Minimum Composite Score Composite Score Option for PAPA:The Composite Scoring Option for PAPA was initiated to enable a candidate who may excel in one area such as mathematics, but who is not strong in another PAPA area, to receive a passing score on the PAPA series. In order to qualify, a candidate must meet a minimum score in each test area (Mathematics, Reading and Writing) and then exceed the passing score by an amount equal to the Standard Error of Measurement in one or two of the other test areas. The candidate’s test scores are added together, and if the scores total 686, the candidate has passed the PAPA series. The Minimum Scores required for the Composite Scoring Option are shown below.Test NameTest #PAPA Qualifying ScoreMinimum Composite ScorePAPA Reading8001220193PAPA Mathematics8002197PAPA Writing8003192Minimum Composite Score Total: 686Sum of the 3 PAPA tests must total or exceed 686. This total does not represent the sum of the 3 minimum scores. Candidates must achieve the PAPA Qualifying Score (220) in at least 1 (one) area and also reach the Minimum Composite Score Total.
40Education Classes Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) Early Childhood PreK-4PDE Testing Requirements*(*Must have successfully completed PAPA tests.)Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) which provides teacher certification tests for prospective Pennsylvania teachers were developed in alignment with Pennsylvania regulations and standards, including the Pennsylvania Program Framework Guidelines and the relevant Pennsylvania Academic Standards.The tests in the PECT program are criterion-referenced and objective-based. Criterion-referenced tests are designed to measure a candidate's knowledge and skills in relation to an established standard of performance (a criterion) rather than in relation to the performance of other candidates. The tests are designed to help identify those candidates who have the level of the required knowledge and expertise to teach in the grade band(s) for which they are seeking Pennsylvania educator certification.The PECT are delivered as computer-based tests. Each PECT assessment includes multiple modules, each with its own qualifying score. Modules consist of selected-response questions. To learn more about these tests, go to .Early Childhood PreK–4The PreK–4 assessment includes three modules. Examinees must take and pass all three modules to qualify for Pennsylvania teacher certification. You may take one or all three modules at one test appointment.FormatSelected-response itemsModule 1: 40 selected-response itemsModule 2: 50 selected-response itemsModule 3: 50 selected-response itemsTimeModule 1: 45 minutesModule 2: 75 minutesModule 3: 75 minutesExaminees will also have 15 minutes for a computer-based testing tutorial.Test DatesBy appointment, year round. Test appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis.Test SitesCBT sites are located in Pennsylvania, nationwide, and in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Canada. Locate a test center.Qualifying ScoreFor information about qualifying scores, visitReference Materials Provided for this TestA glossary of common acronyms used in this field will be available during all modules. Review it now. A standard on-screen calculator will be available during Module 3. Review a calculator tutorial now.Test Fee$46 per module; $110 for all three modules. Review test fee and payment information.Score ReportingTest results are provided at the test center at the conclusion of your test session. Your score report is available within 10 business days after testing.Testing PoliciesWhen you register, you must agree to abide by all testing rules and policies. Read them now.PrepareView the preparation materials available for this test.
41Education Classes Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) Special Education PreK-8PDE Testing Requirements*(*Must have successfully completed PAPA tests.)Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) which provides teacher certification tests for prospective Pennsylvania teachers were developed in alignment with Pennsylvania regulations and standards, including the Pennsylvania Program Framework Guidelines and the relevant Pennsylvania Academic Standards.The tests in the PECT program are criterion-referenced and objective-based. Criterion-referenced tests are designed to measure a candidate's knowledge and skills in relation to an established standard of performance (a criterion) rather than in relation to the performance of other candidates. The tests are designed to help identify those candidates who have the level of the required knowledge and expertise to teach in the grade band(s) for which they are seeking Pennsylvania educator certification.The PECT are delivered as computer-based tests. Each PECT assessment includes multiple modules, each with its own qualifying score. Modules consist of selected-response questions. To learn more about these tests, go to .Special Education PreK–8The Special Education PreK–8 assessment includes two modules. Examinees must take and pass both modules to qualify for Pennsylvania teacher certification. You may take one or both modules at one test appointment.FormatSelected-response itemsModule 1: 45 selected-response itemsModule 2: 45 selected-response itemsTimeModule 1: 60 minutesModule 2: 60 minutesExaminees will also have 15 minutes for a computer-based testing tutorial.Test DatesBy appointment, year round. Test appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis.Test SitesCBT sites are located in Pennsylvania, nationwide, and in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Canada. Locate a test center.Qualifying ScorePerformance criterion (cut score): 220 per module For information about qualifying scores, visitReference Materials Provided for this TestA glossary of common acronyms used in this field will be available during both modules. Review it now.Test Fee$50 per module; $80 for both modules. Review test fee and payment information.Score ReportingTest results are provided at the test center at the conclusion of your test session. Your score report is available within 10 business days after testing.Testing PoliciesWhen you register, you must agree to abide by all testing rules and policies. Read them now.PrepareView the preparation materials available for this test.
42Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) Special Education 7-12PDE Testing Requirements*(*Must have successfully completed PAPA tests.)Pennsylvania Educator Certification Tests (PECT) which provides teacher certification tests for prospective Pennsylvania teachers were developed in alignment with Pennsylvania regulations and standards, including the Pennsylvania Program Framework Guidelines and the relevant Pennsylvania Academic Standards.The tests in the PECT program are criterion-referenced and objective-based. Criterion-referenced tests are designed to measure a candidate's knowledge and skills in relation to an established standard of performance (a criterion) rather than in relation to the performance of other candidates. The tests are designed to help identify those candidates who have the level of the required knowledge and expertise to teach in the grade band(s) for which they are seeking Pennsylvania educator certification.The PECT are delivered as computer-based tests. Each PECT assessment includes multiple modules, each with its own qualifying score. Modules consist of selected-response questions. To learn more about these tests, go to .Special Education 7–12The Special Education 7–12 assessment includes two modules. Examinees must take and pass both modules to qualify for Pennsylvania teacher certification. You may take one or both modules at one test appointment.FormatSelected-response itemsModule 1: 45 selected-response itemsModule 2: 45 selected-response itemsTimeModule 1: 60 minutesModule 2: 60 minutesExaminees will also have 15 minutes for a computer-based testing tutorial.Test DatesBy appointment, year round. Test appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis.Test SitesCBT sites are located in Pennsylvania, nationwide, and in Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Canada. Locate a test center.Qualifying ScorePerformance criterion (cut score): 220 per module For information about qualifying scores, visitReference Materials Provided for this TestA glossary of common acronyms used in this field will be available during both modules. Review it now.Test Fee$50 per module; $80 for both modules. Review test fee and payment information.Score ReportingTest results are provided at the test center at the conclusion of your test session. Your score report is available within 10 business days after testing.Testing PoliciesWhen you register, you must agree to abide by all testing rules and policies. Read them now.PrepareView the preparation materials available for this test.
47The rest of the registration process for the exams should be pretty clear. Step 3. Alternative Testing ArrangementsChoose YES if you need alternative testing arrangements (physical, cognitive, learning disabilities, etc. etc.)Step 4. Test Date and Location : Choose your test date and locationStep 5. Score reporting options ** See screen shot above**Step 6. Background questionsStep 7. Review Registration
48Education Classes Elem/Middle Level (4-8) PDE Testing Requirements* (*Must have successfully completed PAPA tests)Educators applying for an initial Instructional I Elem/Middle Level 4–8 certification are required to pass the PAPA (Pre-Service Academic Performance Assessment) in addition to passing the Level 4-8 Core Assessment and Subtests PA Certification (5152, 5153, 5154, 5155). The PAPA module series must be taken first, then next the Core Assessment prior to taking the Subject Concentration tests. PAPA information and registration can be found atPennsylvania teacher education program candidates may now register for the Middle Level 4-8 pedagogy, core and subject matter content tests atThe ETS web site has been updated to provide information on 4-8 testing and program services, information, and transactions. Candidates have direct access to components of the 4-8 Praxis Tests, including:information about the tests that are available and what test(s) they need to takeinformation about registering for a test and scheduling a test session (including test dates and sites)Information about testing policies and alternative testing arrangementstest preparation materials, including study guides information about reference materials provided for a test (e.g., a calculator or glossary)information about their test results (i.e., score reports)To BeCertified inYou Need to TakeTest CodeQualifying ScoreMiddle Level 4–8(All ML certification candidates must take these tests before proceeding to Subject Concentration Test which are listed below.)Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment (PDF)*5152NAPedagogy Subtest (PDF)5153162English Language Arts and Social Studies Subtest (PDF)5154152Mathematics and Science Subtest (PDF)5155164* To pass the Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Core Assessment you must receive a passing score on each subtest. You must take the full test on your initial attempt. If, after your first attempt you did not pass one of the individual subtests, you may take just that subtest again for a reduced fee.After passing above Core Assessment and Subtests, test takers seeking certification in Middle Level 4-8 must ALSO take the Subject Concentration test(s) for the area(s) they plan to teach.Middle Level Social Studies 4–8Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Social Studies (PDF)5157150Middle Level English 4–8Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: English Language Arts (PDF)5156156Middle Level Mathematics 4–8Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Mathematics (PDF)5158173Middle Level Science 4–8Pennsylvania Grades 4–8 Subject Concentration: Science (PDF)5159
494-8 Core Assessment Tests Module: Test Type Passing Score Pedagogy Education ClassesThe passing scores for the Elem/Middle Level 4-8 tests are as follows:4-8 Core Assessment Tests Module:Test TypePassing ScorePedagogySelected Response162English/Language Arts and Social Studies (generalist)152Mathematics and Science (generalist)1644-8 Concentration TestsTest TypePassing ScoreEnglish/Language ArtsSelected Response156Social Studies150Mathematics173Science
70Approved Courses for English Composition and Literature to meet the PDE Requirements for Teacher CertificationApproved Courses for English Composition:EN 100 PLE Writing and LanguageEN 150 PLE Advanced Writing and LanguageEN 180 CE Introduction to Creative WritingEN 185 Introduction to Professional WritingApproved Courses for English Literature:EN 101 CE Literature: Form and PerformanceEN 104 HUM Introduction to LiteratureEN 200 Major British WritersEN 220 WCH Pre-1800 British Literature and CultureEN 230 WCH Post-1800 British Literature and CultureEN 240 WCH American Literature and CultureHEN 243 HNR WCH American Visions: Cultural Dialogue in the U.S.EN 245 Growing up in AmericaEN 251 HUM Multicultural LiteratureHEN 252 HNR HUM Irony, Humor, and Despair in Modern LiteratureHEN 253 HNR WCH Gaelic and Anglo-Irish IrelandEN 281 CE Writing and Analyzing the Short Story [Please note: There are 300-level and 400-level English literature courses that would satisfy PDE requirements, but the assumption is that someone who takes those courses would more than likely be an English major or minor because of the prerequisites for those level of courses.]This list may also be accessed on-line:
71Honors in the Discipline: Honors in Education Guidelines EligibilityStudents must have a major and cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.60 at the end of the spring semester of sophomore year. In addition to the GPA requirements, students must have a demonstrated record of initiative and independence in learning, proficient scores on the Education Department Teacher Dispositions/ Foundational Competencies Evaluation and field placement evaluations, as well as a favorable review of a writing sample submission that assesses writing and research analysis skills. If students meet the eligibility requirements, they will receive written confirmation from the Education Department to participate in Honors in Education.Invitation and Acceptance Students will be invited to attend an informational meeting in September of their junior year that covers the expectations and requirements involved in pursuing Honors in Education. By October 1 of their junior year, students must submit a letter to the Department Chair, indicating their intentions to pursue Honors in Education and a brief statement describing their reasons for doing so.Students will be given a research article to analyze that assesses writing and synthesizing skills (as mentioned above). Education Department faculty will review and evaluate the student’s writing sample and, if applicable, issue an acceptance letter to the student. Students will receive notification of acceptance by October 15 of their junior year.Required Courses Accepted students enroll in ED 399 Thesis Preparation (2 credits) during spring of their junior year. The instructor works closely with students to develop a research topic and make significant progress in completing the first three chapters of the thesis by the end of this course. A final grade of A or B is required before students can proceed to the final phase of Honors in Education and completion of the thesis.Students enroll in ED 400 Honors in Education (2 credits) during their senior year. Mentored by a primary and secondary faculty advisor, students obtain Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval for their project, conduct their research study, complete the thesis, and conclude with a public presentation of their project during Scholarship and Creative Arts Day. Students must earn a final grade of A or B in this course to be awarded Honors in Education.Pursuing Honors in Education is a challenging process. Therefore, students should work closely with their academic advisor in planning the two required courses and managing the demands of completing a thesis.Students enrolled in ED 399 and ED 400 are required to present their research at Scholarship and Creative Arts Day (SCAD). Recording of Honors in Education The Education Department will notify the Office of Registration and Records when a student successfully completes the requirements. Honors are noted on the student transcript/diploma and at commencement ceremonies. Completed theses are catalogued by the High Library for students who meet the requirements of Honors in Education and the College Honors Program.
72“A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart” Education ClassesEducation Course Descriptions“A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart”~ Author Unknown
73Education Classes Education Classes ED Foundations of Teaching and Learning4.00 credits.This course is designed to introduce students to the philosophical, sociological, political and historical foundations of education and learning. The course emphasizes on the concepts, theories, and research on learning and the factors, including teaching, that influence learning. Includes 20 hours (i.e., 2 hours per week for 10 weeks) of field experience with a rotation of placements in early childhood, middle, and secondary levels, which will require FBI Clearance, Criminal Record Clearance, and Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance (fees). *Corequisite(s): ED 105L. Majors only.ED Early Childhood Development4.00 credits.This course is designed to introduce students to the foundations of early childhood development. The course examines the concepts, theories, and research on child development. The course focuses on the typical and atypical physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and moral development of children between 0 and 9 years. Students will be introduced to different models and approaches in early childhood and developmentally appropriate practices. The course includes 20 hours of field experience (i.e., 2 hours per week for 10 weeks), which will require FBI Clearance, Criminal Record Clearance, and Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance (fees). *Prerequisite(s): ED 105. *Corequisite(s): ED 150L. Majors only.ED Early Adolescent/Adolescent Development4.00 credits.This course examines the concepts, theories, and research on early adolescent and adolescent development. It focuses on typical and atypical physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and moral development of children ages Students will be introduced to different models, approaches, and developmentally appropriate practices for students in grades Includes 20 hours of field experience (i.e., 2 hours per week for 10 weeks) which will require FBI Clearance, Criminal Record Clearance, and Pennsylvania child Abuse Clearance (fees). *Prerequisite(s): ED 105. *Corequisite(s): ED 151L. Majors only.ED Integrated Technology I2.00 credits.An introductory study of current and emerging instructional media and technologies used across the grades and curricula. Organizing time and records through technology and computer-mediated communications, including basic multimedia presentation tools, are presented. Classroom-related features of Word and PowerPoint are practiced at an introductory level. Majors only.ED Integrated Technology II2.00 credits.A study of current and emerging instructional media and technologies used across the grades and curricula. Computer-mediated communications - including advanced multimedia presentation tools such as embedded video - are developed. Advanced classroom-related PowerPoint and webpage development techniques are practiced. Emphasis will be placed on use of SmartBoards, integration of K-12 student use of computers during instruction, use of handhelds, WebQuests and videostreaming. *Prerequisite(s): Permission from the Department based on demonstration of basic technology skills in Word and PowerPoint. Majors only.
74Education ClassesED Pennsylvania History and Government for Social Studies Educators4.00 credits.This course surveys political, economic, social and cultural developments in the Commonwealth from Penn’s Charter until the present day, with special consideration of the key topics covered under the PDE standards for the Early Adolescent and Adolescent educators. Agriculture, technology, ethnicity and immigration, urbanization, civics, government and democratization are central themes. This course examines major historical themes and, where applicable, introduces key historiographical concepts and debates. *Prerequisite(s): ED 105or ED 106, and ED 150or ED 151. Provisional or formal acceptance into Education Program required. Fall semester.ED World Geography for Social Studies Educators4.00 credits.This course surveys the major tools, techniques and methodological approaches associated with the disciplines of physical and cultural geography, with emphasis upon the current academic debates, western case studies, non-western case studies, cartography, human-environmental interaction, and “thinking geographically.” Key topics covered under the PDE, NCSS and NCGE standards for Early Adolescent and Adolescent educators also will be considered. *Prerequisite(s): ED 105or ED 106, and ED 150or ED 151. Provisional or formal acceptance into Education Program required. Spring semester.ED The Use of Sign Language with People with Multi-Disabilities2.00 credits.A practical sign language course for persons interested in special education. Information covered includes: 1) sign language and other alternative communication systems, 2) adaptive signing techniques, 3) developmental processes involved with signing, 4) how to choose a sign/sign system, and 5) basic core vocabulary for use with people with developmental disabilities in their environments (i.e., sheltered workshops, special school settings, group homes, etc.). *Prerequisite(s): ED 105or ED 106, and ED 150or ED 151. Provisional or formal acceptance into Education Program required. Spring semester.ED Language and Literacy Development in Early Childhood4.00 credits.This course focuses on the research-based principles and practices for language and literacy development of children ages birth to 9. Topics include language acquisition, reading and writing development, and strategies for teaching comprehension, fluency, word study and vocabulary in the early grades (PreK through fourth). Requires field experience. *Prerequisite(s): ED 105, and ED 150or ED 151. *Corequisite(s): ED 250L. Provisional or formal acceptance into Education Program required.ED Educational Assessment and Evaluation4.00 credits.Examines current issues, trends and practices in educational assessment. Emphasizes the study of different assessment and evaluation procedures in the early childhood, elementary and secondary classroom. Explores a variety of traditional and innovative approaches to assessment of student learning and development. *Prerequisite(s): ED 250, or permission of the Department. Provisional or formal acceptance into Education Program required.
75Education Classes ED 305 - Methods of Secondary Education 6.00 credits.A study of the instructional methodology of an academic discipline under the guidance of a clinical professor in the academic major (e.g., science, English, mathematics). Field experience is required. *Prerequisite(s): ED 150or ED 151. Formal acceptance into Education Program required.ED Methods of Modern Language Education K-124.00 Credits.A study of the instructional methodology of an academic discipline under the guidance of a clinical professor in the academic major (e.g., science, English, mathematics). Field experience is required. *Prerequisite(s): ED 150or ED 151. Formal acceptance into Education Program required.ED PreK-4 Family, School, and Community Partnerships4.00 credits.A study of family and community risk and protective factors influencing the development of PreK-4 students and best practices and models for establishing family, school and community partnerships. Twenty hours of field experience required (i.e., 2 hours per week for 10 weeks). *Prerequisite(s): ED 150or ED 151. Formal acceptance into Education Program required.ED Literacy Assessment and Intervention in Elem/Middle Level4.00 credits.This course explores research-based approaches to teaching language arts for intermediate level students. Topics include extending meaning and recognition of vocabulary, critical reading and writing, formal and informal assessments, organizational patterns for group and/or individual instruction, and middle-grade reading experience and materials. Twenty hours of field experience required (i.e., 2 hours per week for 10 weeks). *Prerequisite(s): ED 258. Formal acceptance into Education Program required. Fall semester.ED Methods for Teaching Science and Health in Early Childhood4.00 credits.A study of science processes in an early childhood school program and the utilization of multiple resources, organization, management, evaluation, instructional strategies, and integration of science and health in the early childhood program. Field experience is required. *Prerequisite(s): ED 250and ED 258. *Corequisite(s): ED 335, ED 345and ED 365. Formal acceptance into Education Program required. Fall semester.ED Methods for Teaching Science and Health in Elementary/Middle Level4.00 credits.This course provides for the study of science processes at the middle school level (fourth through eighth grades), with emphasis upon the utilization of multiple resources, organization, classroom management, instructional strategies and assessment. Field experience is required. *Corequisite(s): ED 336, ED 346, and ED 366. Formal acceptance into Education Program required. Spring semester.
76Education ClassesED Methods for Teaching Mathematics in Early Childhood4.00 credits.A study of how children develop a background of understanding and skill in mathematics in Pre-K to fourth grade, concentrating on the development of problem-solving, reasoning, and communication skills in mathematics, and connecting mathematics and the real world. Additional focus will be on organization for instruction, alternative means of evaluation, and teaching special needs and at-risk students. Field experience is required. *Prerequisite(s): ED 250and ED 258. *Corequisite(s): ED 325, ED 345and ED 365. Formal acceptance into Education Program required. Fall semester.ED Methods for Teaching Mathematics in Elementary/Middle Level4.00 credits.A study of how children develop a background of understanding and skill in mathematics in fourth through eighth grades with emphasis on problem-solving, reasoning and communication skills. Additional focus will be on organization for instruction, teaching methods, accommodations and alternative strategies. *Corequisite(s): ED 326, ED 346and ED 366. Formal acceptance into Education Program required. Spring semester.ED ELL: Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in the Classroom4.00 credits.This course introduces future teachers to the special linguistic and cultural educational needs of English language learners (ELL). Aspects of cross-linguistic and cross-cultural knowledge will be studied as well as methods of instruction that focus on the language needs and background knowledge of the ELL. Theory and practices of current ELL programs will also be examined. Twenty hours of field experience required (i.e., 2 hours per week for 10 weeks). *Prerequisite(s): ED 105, and ED 150or ED 151. *Corequisite(s): ED 341L. Formal acceptance into Education Program required.ED Methods for Teaching Reading and Writing in Early Childhood4.00 credits.This course furthers the study of literacy theories and research-based practices presented in ED 250. This course explores approaches to teaching reading and writing in the primary grades and examines the construction of rich literacy environment in culturally, linguistically, and socio-economically diverse classrooms. Course content focuses on instructional strategies, curriculum design and implementation, and assessment and evaluation. Field experience is required for Methods Block. (Field experience: Students in assigned school classroom all day Friday for 10 weeks and all day every school day for the last two weeks of the semester for a total of 150 hours.) *Prerequisite(s): ED 250and ED 258. *Corequisite(s): ED 325, ED 335and ED 365. Formal acceptance into Education Program required. Fall semester.ED Methods for Teaching Reading and Writing in Elementary/Middle Level4.00 credits.This course furthers the study of literacy theories and research-based practices presented in ED 352 Literacy Assessment, Instruction and Intervention in Elem/Middle Level. This course explores approaches to teaching reading and writing in the elementary/middle grades and examines the construction of a rich literacy environment in culturally, linguistically, and socio-economically diverse classrooms. Course content focuses on instructional strategies, curriculum design and implementation, and assessment and evaluation. (Field experience: Students in assigned school classroom all day Friday for 10 weeks and all day every school day for the last two weeks of the semester for a total of 150 hours.) *Prerequisite(s): ED 258. *Corequisite(s): ED 326, ED 336and ED 366. Formal acceptance into Education Program required.
77Education ClassesED Literacy Assessment and Intervention in Early Childhood4.00 credits.This course provides an advanced study of literacy instruction with an emphasis on classroom-based assessments and instructional planning for intervention. This course examines the use of screening, diagnostic and formative literacy assessments in the classroom as well as standardized tests (including PSSA). Class assignments focus on current research to develop curriculum that supports ongoing evaluation of students’ reading and writing progress and planning appropriate accommodations within a rich literacy environment. Twenty hours of field experience required (i.e., 2 hours per week for 10 weeks). *Prerequisite(s): ED 345. Formal acceptance into Education Program required. Spring semester.ED Integrated Strategies for Creative Expression in Early Childhood4.00 credits.This course is designed to familiarize students with the creative, self-expression and problem-solving skills among children in early childhood settings. Students will explore creative learning theories and research and focus on developmentally appropriate curriculum strategies in all developmental domains. This course emphasizes strategies to develop, implement and evaluate activities in the environment that encourages and supports creative self-expression and problem solving in children. *Prerequisite(s): ED 250. Formal acceptance into Education Program required. Spring semester.ED Methods for Teaching Social Studies in Early Childhood4.00 credits.A study of content, teaching strategies, materials, organizing approaches and curricula for teaching social studies at the early elementary level (PreK through fourth grade). Students will be required to complete a field experience component, documented by a journal. *Prerequisite(s): ED 250and ED 258. *Corequisite(s): ED 325, ED 335and ED 345. Formal acceptance into Education Program required. Fall semester.ED Methods for Teaching Social Studies in Elementary/Middle Level4.00 credits.This course will examine the content, teaching strategies, materials, organizing approaches and curricula for teaching social studies at the middle school level (fourth through eighth grades). Students will be required to complete a field experience component, documented by a journal. *Corequisite(s): ED 326, ED 336and ED 346. Formal acceptance into Education Program required. Spring semester.
78Education Classes ED 400 - Senior Project in Education 2.00 credits.Students participating in the Department’s Honors in the Discipline Program may register for this course during semesters in which research or writing for their project is being completed. Recognition for Honors in the Discipline is not assured by completion of this course. See Department Chair for additional information. *Prerequisite(s): Invitation to Honors in the Discipline Program. Register by Instructor. This course is repeatable for credit.ED Professional Internship12.00 credits.Supervised student teaching for a full semester at the level of certification (Early Childhood, Elementary/Middle, dual certification in Special Education, or Secondary Education). *Prerequisite(s): Completion of all program requirements with Education prefixes and cumulative grade point average required at the time of full admission to the program *Corequisite(s): ED 495, ED 496or ED 497. Register by Instructor. Graded Pass/No Pass. Course fees.ED Independent Study in EducationVariable credit.Upon the initiative of the student, a program of study may be organized with a faculty member on a topic of mutual interest. *Prerequisite(s): Approval of the Department Chair and the Independent Study Committee. Register by Instructor.ED Senior Seminar for Early Childhood4.00 credits.A study of professional and ethical practices, family and community relationships, and special education issues in early childhood. (PreK-4th grade). Particular emphasis will be given to the laws, procedures, and codes of conduct that guide practice, collaboration with diverse families, advocacy for the rights of children and their families, and support for the transition of children to new educational settings. *Corequisite(s): ED 470. Register by Instructor.ED Senior Seminar for Elementary/ Middle Level4.00 credits.This course serves as an issues seminar for pre-service teachers, engaging them in active discussion of professional and ethical practices, family and community relationships, and special education issues in middle school settings (fourth through eighth grades). Particular emphasis will be given to the laws, procedures, and codes of conduct that guide practice, collaboration with diverse families, advocacy for the rights of early adolescent and adolescent students and their families, and support for the transition of adolescents to new educational settings. *Corequisite(s): ED 470. Register by Instructor.ED Senior Seminar for Secondary Education4.00 credits.This course serves as an issues seminar for pre-service teachers, engaging them in active discussion of professional and ethical practices, family and community relationships, (urban, rural and suburban environments), advocacy for student rights, the transition of adolescents to new educational settings and special education issues in secondary school settings. *Corequisite(s): ED 470. Register by Instructor.
79Special Education Classes SED Learning Environment and Social Interaction in Inclusive Settings4.00 credits.A study of the scientific principles and best practices for creating and sustaining an optimal learning environment and positive social interaction for diverse learners in an inclusive classroom setting. Emphasis is on analyzing factors that influence academic and social behavior, adapting the physical environment, implementing an equitable classroom management system, maintaining a respectful climate, teaching social skills, and implementing positive behavioral supports. *Prerequisite(s): ED 105, and ED 150or ED 151. Provisional or formal acceptance into Education Program required.SED Foundations of Inclusive Education4.00 credits.This course is an introduction to philosophical, historical and legal foundations of Special Education and inclusive education principles and practices. The history, etiology, characteristics and accommodations for students with special needs in the classroom setting will be examined. Thirty hours of field experience required (i.e., 3 hours per week for 10 weeks) which will require FBI Clearance, Criminal Record Clearance, and Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance (fees). *Prerequisite(s): ED 105, and ED 150or ED 151. *Corequisite(s): SED 222L. Provisional or formal acceptance into Education Program required.SED Methods of Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities4.00 credits.A study of the specialized instructional strategies to adapt and accommodate classroom environments, testing methodologies, and curricula to meet the needs of exceptional children and youth. Emphasis is on high incidence disabilities, such as learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, emotional and behavior disorders, communication disorders, and cultural or linguistic diversity. Field experience is required. *Prerequisite(s): ED 250and SED 222Sor permission of the Department, *Corequisite(s): SED 224L. Provisional or formal acceptance into Education Program required.
804+1 Degree in Special Education (PreK-8 or 7-12 Certification) The Graduate Program4+1 Degree in Special Education(PreK-8 or 7-12 Certification)
81Program Description: To more fully compliment Elizabethtown College’s pledge to prepare students “intellectually, socially, aesthetically and ethically for lives of service and leadership as citizens of the world” by “combining classroom instruction with experiential learning [to] advance independent thought, personal integrity and social responsibility as the foundations for a life of learning”(http://www.etown.edu/mission), the Education Department now offers a Master’s degree in Special Education (PreK-8 and 7-12).Federal and state mandates drive the need for highly qualified teachers in these areas of special education, and, by designing the model for special education in the PreK-8 and 7-12 options, all certificate candidates at Elizabethtown (Pre-K to 4, 4-8, 7-12 and K-12) are able to participate. Candidates in the new pipeline program will be exposed to opportunities for more advanced curricular study, more time and variety in the field (urban, suburban, rural, learning support, emotional support, inclusive, resource, and self-contained classrooms), enhanced quality of practice in the field, two full semesters of student teaching, and research and reflection about pedagogical best practices through seminar coursework.This new model embraces the college’s 2012 Strategic Plan, namely the emphasis upon expansion of graduate programs and greater emphasis upon high impact practices and student/faculty research collaborations. It is also the expression of a 2010 qualitative survey of departmental alumni who cited the development of this academic pathway as a “top priority”.Program Hallmarks: Students will complete their baccalaureate degree in a general education certification area in 4 years.Eligible students may then move to finish the special education requirements, including a research project (Graduate Seminar) and another semester of student teaching.The intensive student teaching supervision of the undergraduate program (weekly supervisory visits) will continue in the graduate program.Courses in the fifth year will be administered using a mixture of traditional, on-line, hybrid, and accelerated formats.
82Program Assessments:Teacher candidates are regularly assessed through formative and summative coursework assignments according to key learning objectives which are mapped to specific program competencies as defined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and to the general student learning outcomes for the Education Department. Such expectations and objectives are included on every course syllabi.The department’s learning outcomes dictate that every student demonstrates the following:A thorough knowledge of the content and pedagogical skills in planning, preparation, and assessment.An ability to establish and maintain a purposeful and equitable environment for learning.An ability to deliver instruction that engages students in learning by using a variety of instructional strategies, including technology.Qualities and dispositions that characterize a professional person in aspects that occur in and beyond the classroom/building.An awareness of, and adherence to, the professional, ethical, and legal responsibilities of being a certified teacher.An ongoing commitment to lifelong learning and professional development through field-related clubs, conferences, and organizations.Teaching and advocacy for principles of social justice and civic competence.Teacher candidates are regularly assessed (formative and summative) on Danielson’s Domains (Planning and Preparation, Classroom Environment, Instruction, and Professionalism) during field placements. Input is given from classroom professors, field supervisors, and cooperating teachers across these areas. In fact, student teachers are observed on a weekly basis by their supervisors. Students also provide self-assessment/reflection through blogs, journals, and similar assignments.Teacher candidates are also regularly assessed regarding their dispositions, meaning the non-academic competencies critical to the success for a career in education. These competencies include: Communication/ Interpersonal Skills, Emotional and Physical Abilities, Cognitive Dispositions, and Personal and Professional Requirements.Teacher candidates complete a professional portfolio using the Danielson Framework for Professional Practice. The compilation begins in Year 1 of the program and is continued through Year 5. Students must meet expectations for the portfolio in individual coursework, for admission requirements to the program, and then exit expectations for the degree in the Senior and Graduate Seminars respectively. Students construct the portfolio using Digication software.Teacher candidates navigate a three-step process for full admission into the graduate program - Provisional Acceptance and Formal Acceptance at the undergraduate program and then Graduate Acceptance.
84Graduate Program Course Descriptions ...Graduate Program Course DescriptionsMSE Learning Environment and Social Interaction in Inclusive Settings (SED 512)4.00 credits.A study of the scientific principles and best practices for creating and sustaining an optimal learning environment and positive social interaction for diverse learners in an inclusive classroom setting. Emphasis is on analyzing factors that influence academic and social behavior, adapting the physical environment, implementing an equitable classroom management system, maintaining a respectful climate, teaching social skills, and implementing positive behavioral supports. *Prerequisite(s):Provisional or formal acceptance into Education Program required. Register by Instructor.MSE Foundations of Inclusive Education (SED 222)4.00 credits.This course is an introduction to philosophical, historical, and legal foundations of Special Education and inclusive education principles and practices. The history, etiology, characteristics, and accommodations for students with special needs in the classroom setting will be examined. Thirty hours of field experience required (i.e., 3 hours per week for 10 weeks) which will require FBI Clearance, Criminal Record Clearance, and Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance (fees). *Prerequisite(s): Provisional or formal acceptance into Education Program required. *Corequisite(s): MSE 522L. Register by Instructor..MSE Methods of Teaching Students with High Incidence Disabilities (SED 224)4.00 credits..A study of the specialized instructional strategies to adapt and accommodate classroom environments, testing methodologies, and curricula to meet the needs of exceptional children and youth. Emphasis is on high incidence disabilities, such as learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, emotional and behavior disorders, communication disorders, and cultural or linguistic diversity. Field experience is required. *Prerequisite(s): Provisional or formal acceptance into Education Program required. *Corequisite(s): MSE 524L. Register by Instructor.MSE Methods of Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities4.00 credits.A study of the purpose and uses of various forms of assessment in PK-12 Special and Inclusive Education. Emphasis is on the various purposes of testing data, best practices in assessment, and legal and ethical considerations related to administration, eligibility, instruction, and placement decisions. *Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the Graduate Education Program is required. Register by Instructor.MSE Assessment in Special and Inclusive Education4.00 credits...A study of the basic purposes and uses of various forms of assessment in PK-12 Special and Inclusive Education. Emphasis is on various purposes of testing data, best practices in assessment, and legal and ethical considerations related to administration, eligibility, instruction, and placement decisions. *Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the Graduate Education Program is required. Register by Instructor.MSE Etiology, Equity, and Law4.00 credits.This course discusses federal and state special education law, including relevant court cases, and its interrelationship with equity and etiology of special needs students. Laws, regulations, policy, and stereotypes relating to the education of special needs populations are discussed. Methods of conflict resolution, mediation, and ethical standards are examined. Students will be required to apply what they learn as they analyze real-life case scenarios. *Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the Graduate Education Program is required. Register by Instructor.
85MSE 542 - Effective Instruction for Students with PDD and/or ED 4.00 credits.This course is designed to prepare teachers to support the participation and education of students with Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) or Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (EBD) in the PK-12 setting. Emphasis is on the diagnostic criteria, methods of identification, and best practices in intervention and support according to current research. Field experience is required. *Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the Graduate Education Program is required. *Corequisite(s): MSE 544,MSE 565, and MSE 542L. Register by Instructor.MSE Intensive Reading, Writing, and Mathematics Intervention4.00 credits.This course provides substantive, research-based instruction that effectively prepares future teachers to assess and provide interventions to students who are struggling in the reading, writing, and mathematics content areas. An emphasis will be placed on determining differences between typical and problematic performance in each of the areas and modifying instructional methods, providing strategy instruction, and monitoring progress in each area. A clinical field experience is required.*Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the Graduate Education Program is required. *Corequisite(s): MSE 542, MSE 565, and MSE 544L. Register by Instructor.MSE Issues in Special Education4.00 credits.Working with a faculty mentor, this is a self-directed and self-constructed course for those specializing in PK-8 or 7-12 certifications. Graduate candidates select specific topics to explore that are particularly germane to their certificate levels and companion competencies. *Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the Graduate Education Program is required. *Corequisite(s): MSE 542 and MSE 544. Register by Instructor.MSE Graduate Student Teaching12.00 credits.This experience is supervised student teaching for a full semester in Special Education. To be taken in conjunction with the Graduate Research Seminar. *Prerequisite(s): Acceptance into the Graduate Education Program is required. *Corequisite(s):MSE 590. Graded Pass/No Pass. Register by Instructor.MSE Graduate Research Seminar4.00 credits.This course serves as the research seminar capstone for graduate teachers to understand and apply research theories and design, culminating in a scholarly paper and corresponding oral defense. Experience is supervised student teaching for a full semester in Special Education. To be taken in conjunction with the Graduate Student Teaching. *Prerequisite(s): MSE 565.*Corequisite(s): MSE 570. Register by Instructor.
86DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES POLICY TEACHER DISPOSITIONSFOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES POLICY
87FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES POLICY Introduction and Rationale DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION TEACHER DISPOSITIONSFOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES POLICYIntroduction and RationaleThe Department of Education has a responsibility to the educational community to ensurethat individuals whom Elizabethtown College recommends to the State of Pennsylvaniafor certification are qualified to join the education profession. Teaching and other preK-12 and community education-related professions require strong academic preparation andmastery of pedagogy or other professional competencies. These professions also requirenon-academic competencies, such as communication or interpersonal skills, which are ascritical to success as those in the academic domain. This document sets forth thoseessential non-academic criteria or teaching dispositions (Foundational Competencies).Teacher Dispositions/Foundational Competencies serve several important functions,including, but not limited to:(a) providing information to those considering preK-12 and community professional careers that will help such students in their career decisionmaking;(b) advising applicants of non-academic criteria considered in admissionsdecisions made by the college’s preK-12 and community professional preparationprograms;(c) serving as the basis for feedback provided to students in these programsregarding their progress toward mastery of all program objectives; and(d) serving as the basis for the final assessment of attainment of graduation requirements and recommendation for certification.All candidates in the Elizabethtown College professional preparation programs areexpected to demonstrate that they are prepared to work with children and youth ineducational settings. This preparation results from the combination of successfulcompletion of college coursework and field/internship experiences and the demonstrationof important human characteristics and dispositions that all educators should possess.These characteristics and dispositions, the Elizabethtown College TeacherDispositions/Foundational Competencies Policy, are outlined below.DefinitionDispositions are defined as internal values, beliefs, and attitudes that are manifested in patterns ofprofessional behaviors. The Dispositional Assessment system does not assess values, beliefs, or attitudes directly; instead, dispositions are only assessed as they are manifested in patterns of behaviors and candidate performances in their work with preK-12 students and their families, peers, faculty, and the community________________________________________________________________________1 The primary source used in the preparation of this document was the policy and procedure document fromthe University of Maryland and University of Texas at San Antonio. Additional sources include, but arenot limited to, policy and procedure documents from the University of Rochester Medical Center;University of West Virginia at Parkersburg; University of Wisconsin, Madison; Michigan StateUniversity; Medical College of Wisconsin; New Hampshire Technical Institute; Franklin College; and theUniversity of Iowa.Education Classes
88Department of Education Teacher Dispositions/Foundational Competencies Education ClassesDepartment of Education Teacher Dispositions/Foundational CompetenciesThe Department of Education Teacher Dispositions/Foundational Competencies are grouped into four categories: Communication/Interpersonal Skills, Emotional and Physical Abilities, Cognitive Dispositions, and Personal and Professional Requirements.Within the professional context to which each candidate aspires, all candidatesmust:Communication/Interpersonal Skills• Be able to express themselves effectively in written and oral English inorder to communicate concepts, assignments, evaluations, andexpectations with members of the learning community such as collegefaculty, students, parents, administrators, and other staff.Candidates must write clearly and use correct grammar and spelling.They demonstrate sufficient skills in written English to understandcontent presented in the program and to adequately complete allwritten assignments, as specified by faculty.Candidates must communicate effectively with other students, faculty,staff, and professionals. They express ideas and feelings clearly anddemonstrate a willingness and an ability to listen to others.Candidates must demonstrate sufficient skills in spoken English tounderstand content presented in the program, to adequately completeall verbal assignments, and to meet the objectives of field placementexperiences, as specified by faculty.• Have communication skills that are responsive to different perspectivesrepresented in diverse classrooms and/or other professionalenvironments.Candidates must appreciate the value of diversity and look beyond selfin interactions with others. They must not impose personal, religious,sexual, and/or cultural values on others.Candidates must demonstrate an awareness of appropriate socialboundaries between students and educators and show that they areready and able to observe those boundaries.• Have the necessary interpersonal competencies to function effectivelywith students and parents, and to function collaboratively as part of aprofessional team.Candidates must demonstrate positive social skills in professional andsocial interactions with faculty, colleagues, parents, and studentsCandidates must demonstrate the ability to express their viewpointsand negotiate difficulties appropriately, without behavingunprofessionally with instructors, peers, or students.
89Emotional and Physical Abilities Education ClassesEmotional and Physical Abilities• Be able to work under time constraints, concentrate in distractingsituations, make subjective judgments, and ensure safety in emergencies.Candidates must demonstrate the ability to work with frequentinterruptions, to respond appropriately to unexpected situations; and tocope with extreme variations in workload and stress levels.Candidates must possess the ability to make and execute quick,appropriate, and accurate decisions in a stressful environment.Candidates must have the capacity to maintain composure andcontinue to function well in a myriad of situations.• Have the physical stamina to work a contractual day and performextended and additional duties of a school professional, such as parentconferences, after-school events, and other assigned duties.Candidates must exhibit motor and sensory abilities to attend andparticipate in class and practicum placements.Candidates must be able to tolerate physically demanding workloadsand to function effectively under stress.Cognitive Dispositions• Be able to organize time and materials, to prioritize tasks, to performseveral tasks at once, and to adapt to changing situations.Candidates must have the mental capacity for complex thought asdemonstrated in prerequisite college level course work and instandardized testing.Candidates must have sufficient cognitive (mental) capacities toassimilate the technically detailed and complex information presentedin formal lectures; small group discussions; and individual teaching,counseling, or administrative settings; and in classroom and schoolsettings.Candidates must be able to analyze, synthesize, integrate concepts, andproblem solve to formulate assessment and educational judgments.Candidates must demonstrate the ability to think analytically abouteducational issues. They are thoughtfully reflective about theirpractice.Candidates must demonstrate the ability to multi-task and to adapt toand display flexibility in changing situations.Candidates must be able to perform the above skills independently.The use of a trained intermediary is not acceptable in many classroom/school situations, because a candidate must be able to exercise independent judgment without relying on or having the filter of someone else’s power of observation and selection.
90Personal and Professional Requirements Education ClassesPersonal and Professional Requirements• Arrive (and be on time) for professional commitments, including classesand field experiences.Candidates must meet deadlines for course assignments and programrequirements. A pattern of repeated absences, lateness, and failure tomeet deadlines in courses or fieldwork is not acceptable.• Seek assistance and follow supervision in a timely manner, and acceptand respond appropriately to constructive review of their work fromsupervisors.Candidates must show that they are ready to reflect on their practiceand accept constructive feedback in a professional manner. They demonstrate the ability to act upon reasonable criticism.Candidates must be flexible, open to new ideas, and willing and able tomodify their beliefs and practices related to their work.• Demonstrate attitudes of integrity, responsibility, and tolerance.Candidates must demonstrate honesty and integrity by being truthful about background, experiences, and qualifications; doing their own work; giving credit for the ideas of others; and providing proper citation of source materials.Candidates must interact courteously, fairly, and professionally withpeople from diverse racial, cultural, and social backgrounds and ofdifferent genders or sexual preferences.Candidates must not make emotional, verbal or physical threats orintimidation; engage in sexual harassment; become involved in sexualrelationships with their students, supervisors, or faculty; or abuseothers in physical, emotional, verbal, or sexual ways.Candidates must demonstrate the ability to understand the perspectivesof others in the context of teaching, counseling, administration, etc.and the ability to separate personal and professional issues.Candidates must exhibit acceptance of and are able to makeappropriate adjustments for exceptional learners.Candidates must protect the confidentiality of student informationunless disclosure serves professional purpose or is required by law.• Show respect for self and others.Candidates must exhibit respect for all Elizabethtown College andschool personnel, as well as peers, children and their families andmembers of their communities.
91Education ClassesCandidates must be free of the influence of illegal drugs and alcoholic beverages in classes and field placements. They are expected to abide by the Elizabethtown College Student Social Conduct Code.Candidates must demonstrate the ability to deal with current life stressors through the use of appropriate coping mechanisms. They handle stress effectively by using appropriate self-care and by developing supportive relationships with colleagues, peers, and others.Candidates must use sound judgment. They seek and effectively use help for medical and emotional problems that interfere with scholastic and/or professional performance.• Project an image of professionalism.Candidates must demonstrate appropriate personal hygiene habits.Candidates must dress appropriately for their professional contexts.Candidates must possess maturity, self-discipline, and good judgment.Candidates must demonstrate good attendance, integrity, honesty,conscientiousness in work, and teamworkImplementation and Review ProceduresDuring the orientation phase of their professional programs and/or at the beginning ofeducation courses requiring field/internship experiences, candidates will receive a copyof the Department of Education Teacher Dispositions/Foundational Competencies Policyand be asked to sign a Teacher Dispositions/Foundational CompetenciesAcknowledgement Form.The original, signed form will be kept in the candidate’s permanent file, and a copy will be returned to the student.Self-assessments by students on the Teacher Dispositions/Foundational Competencieswill occur during the students’ first 100-level education course, as part of provisionalacceptance, as part of formal acceptance, and during senior seminar (see Candidate’s SelfAssessment).At the end of each semester, faculty teaching courses in Education will evaluate students using the Dispositions/Foundational Competencies Evaluation Form. Students who are evaluated as not meeting proficiency on the Dispositions/Foundational Competencies will be reviewed by the Education Standards Committee (ESC). The ESC will make recommendations regarding necessary actions students will be expected to take to achieve proficiency. The ESC may also make recommendations concerning continuation in the Education Department’s program to prepare certified teachers.Proactive Involvement of Students1. The Education department will make every effort to help teacher candidatesunderstand the importance of dispositions to the profession as well as the specificexpectations on which they will be assessed. The rubric will be discussed indesignated classes and students will self-assess using the rubric. Students willreceive a copy of the Teacher Dispositions/Foundational Competencies Policy.
92Teacher Dispositions/Foundational Competencies Evaluation System Education Classes2. All documents relating to the rating of student’s dispositions and othercompetencies will be treated as student records and thus as subject to the privacyrules and other provisions of FERPA.Teacher Dispositions/Foundational Competencies Evaluation System1. Teacher dispositions of students will be evaluated at the end of the semester byfaculty of each Education course. If a student receives a rating of Does not meetproficiency in any competency, the student will have an opportunity to meet withthe professor for clarification, sign the evaluation form, and receive a copy of theform. If a student receives a rating of Partially proficient in one or more categories, the student will also have the opportunity to meet with the professor for clarification, sign the evaluation form, and receive a copy of the form. A copy of the evaluation form will be submitted to the department for inclusion in the student’s file.2. A student who receives a rating of Does not meet proficiency in any competencymust be reviewed by the Education Standards Committee (ESC) of the EducationDepartment at the end of the semester. Faculty may also ask ESC to reviewstudents who receive a rating of Partially proficient in one or more competencies.3. Students whose evaluations will be reviewed by ESC will receive written noticethat the review will occur. They may elect to submit a written statement forconsideration by ESC.4. ESC reviews all cases individually and makes recommendations to the Chair ofthe Education Department. ESC recommendations may include, but are notlimited to, continuation in the Education Department’s program to preparecertified teachers with suggestions for improving areas of identified problems,frequent monitoring of progress, or additional fieldwork. If the problems are notameliorated or seem to be beyond remediation, ESC may recommend thatcontinuation in the Education Department’s program to prepare certified teachersbe denied.5. The student will receive a letter from ESC indicating its recommendation. A copyof the letter will be sent to the student’s department chair(s), advisor, and thefaculty member who completed the evaluation form.6. The Chair of the Education Department does not serve on ESC but receivesESC’s recommendations. Students may appeal the recommendation of ESCto the Chair of the Education Department.7. If ESC recommends discontinuation in the Education Department’s program toprepare certified teachers, and the Chair of the Education Department concurs, therecommendation will be forwarded to the Dean of Faculty for action; otherrecommendations will be acted on within the department.
93Education Classes8. Student may appeal actions by the Chair of Education to the Dean of Faculty, andappeal actions by Dean of Faculty to the Provost/Senior Vice President.Special Notice of Concern1. A Special Notice of Concern may be sent to the Chair of the Education Department. This Special Notice of Concern may be reported by any of the following associated with Elizabethtown College: a) faculty member of any department, b) professional staff member, c) college supervisor or d) any professional member of a school such as a building principal or cooperatingteacher.2. Following documentation and review of a Special Notice of Concern, the Chair of the Education Department may take one or more actions including, but not limited to, the following: a) request a meeting with the student,b) request an urgent review by ESC,c) request a review by ESC at the end of the semester, andd) request a judicial review by Dean of Students or designee.Assistance For Individuals With DisabilitiesTeacher Dispositions/Foundational Competencies may be met with, or without,accommodations. The College complies with the requirements of Section 504 of theRehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of Therefore, theDepartment of Education will endeavor to make reasonable accommodations with respectto its Teaching Dispositions/Foundational Competencies for an applicant with a disabilitywho is otherwise qualified. “Disability” shall mean, with respect to an individual,(1) a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major lifefunctions of such individual;(2) a record of such an impairment; or(3) being regarded as having such an impairment. The College reserves the right to reject any requests for accommodations that are unreasonable, including those that would involve the use of an intermediary that would require a student to rely on someone else's power of selection and observation, fundamentally alter the nature of the College’s educational program, lower academic standards, cause an undue hardship on the College, or endanger the safety of students or others.Questions or requests for accommodations pertaining to the Department of EducationTeacher Dispositions/Foundational Competencies should be directed to Lynne Davies,Director of Disability Services ( ; ) or Dr. Rachel Finley- Bowman, Chair, Department of Education ( ;ConfidentialityUnless a student has expressly waived his or her privilege to confidentiality of medicalrecords provided to substantiate either a disability or a recommendation for anaccommodation, the Department of Education administrators to which such informationhas been communicated shall maintain such information in a manner that preserves itsconfidentiality.
94Education ClassesTEACHER DISPOSITIONS/FOUNDATIONAL COMPETENCIES ACKOWLEDGEMENT FORMWithin the professional context to which each candidate aspires, all candidates must:Communication/Interpersonal Skills• be able to express themselves effectively in written and oral English in order to communicate concepts,assignments, evaluations, and expectations with members of the learning community such as collegefaculty, students, parents, administrators, and other staff;• have communication skills that are responsive to different perspectives represented in diverseclassrooms and/or other professional environments;• have the necessary interpersonal competencies to function effectively with students and parents, and tofunction collaboratively as part of a professional team;Emotional and Physical Abilities• be able to work under time constraints, concentrate in distracting situations, make subjectivejudgments, and ensure safety in emergencies;• have the physical stamina to work a contractual day and perform extended and additional duties of a school professional such as parent conferences, after-school events, and other assigned duties;Cognitive Dispositions• be able to organize time and materials, to prioritize tasks, to perform several tasks at once, and to adapt to changing situations;Personal and Professional Requirements• arrive (and be on time) for professional commitments, including classes and field experiences;• seek assistance and follow supervision in a timely manner, and accept and respond appropriately toconstructive review of their work from supervisors;• demonstrate attitudes of integrity, responsibility, and tolerance;• show respect for self and others; and refrain from making emotional, verbal, or physical threats orintimidation• project an image of professionalism.I have read and acknowledge receipt of the Department of Education Teacher Dispositions/Foundational Competencies Policy. I understand that if the criteria listed above are not metsatisfactorily, I may be denied admission and/or continuation in the Department of EducationProfessional Teacher Preparation Program and/or denied the opportunity to complete the extensive internship component of the curriculum.__________________________ _______________________ _________________Candidate Signature PRINTED Name DateNOTE: The College has a legal obligation to provide appropriate accommodations for students with documented disabilities. If you have a documented disability and are seeking accommodations, you should register with the Office of Disability Services ( ) and notify your course instructors, academic advisor of your specific approved accommodations, as appropriate. Students should initiate this process as soon as possible (prior to the start of classes and/or field experience).
95Student Teaching and Field Observations Education ClassesStudent Teaching and Field ObservationsFieldwork & ObservationsAs an education major at Elizabethtown College, you will have field experiences every year from your first year through your senior year. Field placements occur in urban, suburban and rural schools, and in a variety of grades within your certification guidelines. Our program stresses the importance of supervised field experiences which complement on-campus courses in education. It is the embodiment of theory into practice.Student TeachingStudent teaching, your professional internship, is the capstone experience of our various teacher preparation education programs. Student teachers are placed at cooperating school districts in the local and surrounding areas. Students may petition to be considered for partial student teaching abroad experience in combination with a Pennsylvania placement. College supervisors and cooperating teachers work in partnership to mentor the student teacher and provide a quality learning experience.Academic Service-LearningMany curricular and co-curricular opportunities will arise that will help prepare you to enter the field of education. These include reading to children at libraries, tutoring Spanish-speaking children and adults that are learning English, volunteering as a science fair judge, tutoring local students and many more.Poverty SimulationThe Poverty Simulation is a profoundly moving experience. It provokes thought, emotion and insightful conversation about the realities of poverty and how entire communities need to work together to address the problem. Most importantly, it moves people to get involved and make a difference!The Community Action Program (CAP) of Lancaster County’s poverty simulation is a series of role playing scenarios that give participants the opportunity to learn about the realities of poverty and its effects. People adopt a new persona and a family profile that they must live with for the duration of the exercise. They must navigate through daily tasks that many of us take for granted. During four 15-minute “weeks” those assigned adult roles try to maintain their home, feed their families, send their children to school, and maintain utility services while trying to navigate local support and resources.
96Social Justice Opportunities Education ClassesSocial Justice OpportunitiesGlobal OpportunitiesExplore classrooms around the world! Elizabethtown College strongly encourages its students to study abroad. As an education major, there are many benefits to experiencing life in another culture including those directly related to your area of study—such as a Spanish Education majors studying in South America or a future history teacher spending a semester in Greece.There are several ways to explore the bigger world at Elizabethtown College:Short-Term Trips with an Education Faculty Member Faculty members from the education department, as well as other disciplines, often arrange short-term cultural or educational excursions. Some of these experiences also are tied into a specific course.During the academic year, the department will offer Peace Education and Integrated Schools in Northern Ireland and the United States, allowing students to travel to Belfast during the May term to study and experience issues related to peace education in the Northern Ireland context.Semester Study Abroad The Office of International Programs at E-town offers a variety of study abroad programs.Service-Learning Trips Traveling to a new country is not limited to studying. The Center for Community and Civic Engagement posts opportunities for service-trips, which are available to all students on campus.
97The Education Department Common Book in Social Justice Education students enrolled in their first semester at Elizabethtown College will begin to explore the department’s social justice initiative through a common book selection.The department’s common book for is Other People’s Children by Lisa Delpit.Lisa Delpit is Executive Director of the Center for Urban Education and Innovation at Florida International University in Miami.Winner of an American Educational Studies Association Critics’ Choice Award and Choice Magazine’s Outstanding Academic book award, and voted one of Teacher Magazine’s “great books,” Other People’s Children has sold over 150,000 copies.In a radical analysis of contemporary classrooms, MacArthur Award–winning author Lisa Delpit develops ideas about ways teachers can be better “cultural transmitters” in the classroom, where prejudice, stereotypes, and cultural assumptions breed ineffective education. Delpit suggests that many academic problems attributed to children of color are actually the result of miscommunication, as primarily white teachers and “other people’s children” struggle with the imbalance of power and the dynamics plaguing our system. (The New Press, 2013).A new classic among educators, Other People’s Children is a must-read for teachers, administrators, and parents striving to improve the quality of America’s education system.
98Student Organizations Education ClassesStudent OrganizationsStudent OrganizationsEducation majors and other interested students can get involved with an on-campus education club. Eligible education majors can also join an honor society.Education Organization (Ed Org)Ed Org's mission is to provide an atmosphere in which future educators feel safe, accepted and motivated to become successful teachers. The club participates in many social and service activities throughout the year, many times in conjunction with other clubs on campus. These events include literacy nights at the local library, volunteering for the Ronald McDonald House, after-school tutoring, participating in Into the Streets and more. Ed Org also hosts an annual benefit for A-T (ataxia telangiectasia), a progressive, degenerative disease affecting children.Kappa Delta PiKappa Delta Pi is an international honor society in education. To be qualified for membership you must have completed 60 hours or more of credits, be a full-time student, have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and gain department approval.National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)For more information on this organization or to receive information on upcoming events, please 'like' our Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/ECNSTA) or us atThe Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is an international community of professionals and network of student chapters that work to improve, through excellence and advocacy, the education and quality of life for children and youth with exceptionalities and to enhance engagement of their families. The Etown student chapter of CEC connects college students across areas of study with individuals with disabilities and their families through service and development activities. For more information, follow CEC on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/etownsped or on the blog at
99Steps to becoming certified at ETOWN Education ClassesSteps to becoming certified at ETOWNFreshman Year:Enroll in and complete English credits (6) and Mathematics requirements (4-6 ) creditsEnroll in and successfully complete PAPA Exams in Reading, Writing, and MathematicsSuccessfully complete Freshman Education CoursesSuccessfully complete Freshman field placementBegin electronic portfolio (e-portfolio)Exhibit professional dispositionsApply for Provisional Acceptance into the program (Spring Semester)Maintain a 2.8 GPASophomore Year:Maintain a 2.8 GPASuccessfully complete sophomore education coursesSuccessfully complete sophomore field placementsContinue electronic portfolio (e-portfolio)Exhibit professional dispositionsApply for Formal Acceptance into the program (Spring Semester)
100Steps to becoming certified at ETOWN Education ClassesSteps to becoming certified at ETOWNJunior Year:Maintain a 3.0 GPAContinue electronic portfolio (e-portfolio)Exhibit professional dispositionsSuccessfully complete junior education courses including content methods coursesSuccessfully complete junior field placementsSuccessfully pass PAPA exams (if not already passed)Successfully complete PECT or PRAXIS exam(s) relative to specific certificationApply to 4+1 Master’s program in Special EducationSenior Year:Successfully complete PECT or PRAXIS exam in content area according to certificationSuccessfully complete Student Teaching PracticumExhibit professional dispositionsComplete certification I application for teacher certificationGraduate Year (5th Year):Successfully complete PECT in Special EducationSuccessfully complete Student Teaching Practicum in Special EducationComplete Master’s research project and graduate seminar
101Tips for education majors Education ClassesTips for education majorsRead ALL s sent to your etown.edu address. This is how the Education Department communicates with you!ALWAYS acknowledge any that requires a response.Remember to take your criminal clearances and TB test to your field placements (the placement site should copy and return originals to you).Clearances and TB test must be updated yearly.Put these numbers in your cellphone:Ms. Shafer: (Education office)Mrs. DeArment:Mrs. Wendling: (Mrs. DeArment Asst.)People and office locations to remember:Dr. Finley-Bowman: Nicarry 144: Chair of Department, for general department questions or concernsMs. Shafer: Nicarry 143: Department Admin. Assistant, for questions about clearances, for general department questions.Mrs. Wendling: Nicarry 102B: Field Placement Admin. Assistant, for questions about placement ,clearances, general field placement questions.Mrs. DeArment: Nicarry 142: Field Placements, for questions about placement or certification requirements.Resource Room Hours:Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday9am-5pm (check in at Education office for access)Evening hours:Monday, Wednesday, Thursday : 5:00pm-8:00pm
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109Education Department Manual Acknowledgement Form Elizabethtown CollegeDepartment of EducationEducation Department Manual Acknowledgement FormPlease read, sign and return this form to the Education Department Office located in Nicarry 143.I have read and acknowledge receipt of the Department of Education Manual. I understand that if the criteria listed in this manual is not met satisfactorily, I may be denied admission and/or continuation in the Department of Education Professional Teacher Preparation Program and/or denied the opportunity to complete the extensive internship component of the curriculum.I also understand that a $ fee will be charged to my student account for the purchase of this manual.______________________ _________________ ____________ Student Signature PRINTED name DateOne Alpha Drive ● Elizabethtown, PAPhone: (717) ● Fax: (717) ●