Presentation on theme: "Dallas Baptist University College of Education Graduate Programs"— Presentation transcript:
1 Dallas Baptist University College of Education Graduate Programs DEFENSE OF DEGREEWORKSHOPDallas Baptist University College of Education Graduate Programs
2 Why a Defense of Degree?Capstone collection of signature assessments and artifacts with reflections that demonstrate a candidate’s personal growth, development, and acquisition of knowledge, skills, and dispositions.
3 Why a Defense of Degree?Desire for meaningful and authentic assessmentCandidates’ evidence of growth through the reflection/explanation of designated standardsAllows candidates to present information about themselves as learners and to document growth over time
4 Defense Of Degree Objectives The College of Education program directors, faculty, and Educator Preparation Board members have determined three competencies in which candidates will demonstrate their knowledge, skills, and dispositions.Candidate demonstrates expertise/experience in three competencies:(1) College of Education – Diversity(2) Program Specific – (see program director)(3) Candidate Choice – (refer to Standards)
5 Objectives Candidates: take an active role in shaping their learning processreflect on their learning process and become evaluators of their own work and performanceset goals for their progress and feel comfortable in taking risks in achieving those goals
6 Objectives CONTINUEDCandidates have the opportunity to actively engage in an exchange of ideas and feedback with their peers and advisors as a collaborative teamCandidates takes a role in setting the standards for accountabilityCandidates incorporate service learning into the defense that enhances student learning, fosters civic responsibility, and develops servant leaders
7 CompetenciesContact your program director regarding competencies that need to be addressed in your defense of degree.
8 Defense of Degree Development Initial Advising Session--defense of degree guidelines and components will be discussed and disseminated by program director.Workshop Sessions (offered during Fall, Spring and Summer)--includes an overview of defense of degree/development/presentationOngoing Evaluation—candidates are responsible for making appointment(s) with their designated Program Director to discuss progress.Pre-presentation Evaluation—candidates are responsible for scheduling a meeting with their Program Director at least two weeks before the final presentation for feedback and approvalFinal Evaluation—candidates will present their defense of degree to the Educator Preparation Board for final approval during their last semester of program of study.ATOMIC LEARNING – available on Blackboard for assistance on how to use various presentation types for digital presentation.
9 Defense of Degree Process Candidates will utilize their choice of technology in presenting their defense of degreeCandidates may choose to select an organized thematic portfolio that reflects what was written in personal philosophy.Candidates will write a comprehensively developed philosophy in relation to program of study.Show originality; do not create an assemblage of packaged materials. Plagiarized work automatically disqualifies your portfolio.
10 Philosophy of Education 3 to 5 page paper describing “Who are you as a professional educator in your program of study?”Include:What you think is importantBeliefs and/or theories which guide your professional practiceGoals for what you want to accomplishOn-going piece of work
11 Service LearningService Learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates academic instruction, community service, and guided reflection from a Christ-centered, faith-based perspective:Goal 1: Enhance Student LearningGoal 2: Foster Civic ResponsibilityGoal 3: Develop Servant Leaders
12 Service LearningHow have you incorporated service learning in your program of study that fostered civic responsibility, enhanced your learning, and enhanced your servant leadership skills?
13 What is an artifact?Tangible evidence of knowledge that is gained, skills that are mastered, values that are clarified, or dispositions and attitudes that are characteristic of you.
14 Artifacts Anecdotal records Article summaries Assessments Awards Bulletin Board IdeasCase StudiesClassroom Management PhilosophyEssays/ Book ReviewEvaluationsFloor PlansGoal StatementsIndividualized PlansConferences Presentations or AttendanceJournalsLetters
15 Artifacts Management Strategies Media Experiences Workshop Agendas Observation ReportsPicturesPlanning DocumentsProfessional Development ActivitiesStaff Development Plans/ ActivitiesProfessional OrganizationsProjectsResearch PapersRules and ProceduresSchedulesSelf-Assessment InstrumentsDeveloped materials
16 What are reflections?Artifacts, that reflect the modeling of the individual’s Personal Philosophy of Education throughout their graduate program. This can be in the form of a “Reflective Journal” or “Reflections” within the portfolio.
17 Digital FormatUtilize technology for talking points to enhance presentationRefer to defense of degree rubricShow growth and transformationJustify why degree should be awardedCOLLECTIONREFLECTIONSELECTIONPRESENTATIONEVALUATION
19 Defense of Degree Presentation Arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to your designated presentation time.Be familiar and comfortable with the components of your defense- this is your storyDress professionallyThe formal defense will take place on the main campus at a date set by the College of Education and approved by the University.Present to a selected committee of members of the Educator Preparation BoardAllow 30 minutes (presentation minutes, questions-5 minutes)
20 Evaluative Criteria Mission Statement Personal Philosophy of Education (focus, ideas, organization)Diversity AwarenessDirector selected competency (program specific)Candidate selected competency (contribution to discipline)Evidence of service learning
21 Evaluative Criteria Artifacts with explanations and reflections Effectiveness in explaining contentsQuality and designEffective use of technologyProfessionalismGoals for the futureClosing Statement
22 DEFENSE OF DEGREE RUBRIC Upon completion of the candidates defense, the EPB committee will collaborate and the committee chair will submit the final score to program director.Please complete the following evaluation by circling the appropriate number:4 = Exceeds expectations; 3 = Proficient; 2 = Below Expectations; 1 = UnsatisfactoryRequirements (Refer to Defense of Degree Rubric)Personal Philosophy of Education4321Diversity AwarenessDirector Selected CompetencyCandidate Selected CompetencyEvidence of Service LearningTechnologyGoals for the FutureProfessionalismCommunicationClosing
23 DEFENSE OF DEGREE RUBRIC CANDIDATE’S FINAL SCORE: __________40-36 = Exceeds expectations30-35 = Proficient00-29 = ResubmitApproval: Yes No Resubmit: ________If a resubmission is required, candidate will have the opportunity to present within 5 calendar days to a committee of COE full time faculty for final review as scheduled by program director.EDUCATOR PREPARATION BOARD COMMITTEE REVIEW: Chairperson Signature:_________________________________________________________________Comments are encouraged. A written explanation is required if final score is 30 or below.Comments: __________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
24 DEFENSE OF DEGREE SCORING CRITERIA Based upon the candidate’s presentation, EPB committee members will utilize a defense of degree rubric stating the candidate’s status of approval and/or if a resubmission is required.In the event of a resubmission, candidate will have the opportunity to present their defense at the next scheduled EPB meeting.Educator Preparation Board meets three times a year: fall, spring, and summer.