Organization and Administration of the Professional Preparation Programs

The School of Education as a Unit

Professional education is a university-wide function at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.  The School of Education administers Professional Education Programs*, designed to provide initial certification and continued professional development to colleagues in PreK-12 settings.  Professional Education Programs are housed in a variety of colleges and departments across campus.  A critical component of programs within the School of Education is the partnership with area and-out-of area PreK-12 school districts and other learning environments.

Professional Education Programs housed in the School of Education are as follows:

Undergraduate Programs

Program

Department(s)

College(s)

Early Childhood - Middle Childhood (EC-MC)

Educational Studies

College of Liberal Studies

Middle Childhood - Early Adolescence (MC-EA)

Educational Studies

College of Liberal Studies

Biology Education
Early Adolescence - Adolescence (EA-A)

Biology
Educational Studies

College of Science and Health
College of Liberal Studies

Broadfield Science Education
Early Adolescence - Adolescence (EA-A)

Educational Studies

College of Liberal Studies

Broadfield Social Studies Education
Early Adolescence - Adolescence (EA-A)

Educational Studies

College of Liberal Studies

Chemistry Education
Early Adolescence - Adolescence (EA-A)

Chemistry
Educational Studies

College of Science and Health
College of Liberal Studies

Computer Science Education
Early Adolescence - Adolescence (EA-A)

Computer Science
Educational Studies

College of Science and Health
College of Liberal Studies

English  Education
Early Adolescence - Adolescence (EA-A)

English
Educational Studies

College of Liberal Studies

Mathematics Education
Early Adolescence - Adolescence (EA-A)

Mathematics
Educational Studies

College of Science and Health
College of Liberal Studies

Physics Education
Early Adolescence - Adolescence (EA-A)

Physics
Educational Studies

College of Science and Health
College of Liberal Studies

Art
Early Childhood - Adolescence (EC-A)

Art
Educational Studies

College of Liberal Studies

French
Early Childhood - Adolescence (EC-A)

Modern Languages
Educational Studies

College of Liberal Studies

German Studies
Early Childhood - Adolescence (EC-A)

Modern Languages
Educational Studies

College of Liberal Studies

Music-(Choral, General and Instrumental)
Early Childhood - Adolescence (EC-A)

Music
Educational Studies

College of Liberal Studies

Physical Education Teaching
Early Childhood - Adolescence (EC-A)

Exercise and Sport Science

College of Science and Health

School Health Education
Early Childhood - Adolescence (EC-A)

Health Education and Health Promotion

College of Science and Health

Spanish  
Early Childhood - Adolescence (EC-A)

Modern Languages
Educational Studies

College of Liberal Studies

Graduate Programs

Master of Education-Professional Development

Educational Studies

College of Liberal Studies

Physical Education Teaching

Exercise and Sport Science

College of Science and Health

School Health Education

Health Education and Health Promotion

College of Science and Health

School Psychology

Psychology

College of Liberal Studies

Special Education

Educational Studies

College of Liberal Studies

*“Professional education program" means the sequence of courses included in the baccalaureate degree or advanced program for preparing professional school personnel for licensure in the state of Wisconsin. The degree is granted through the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The teaching license is granted through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Administration of the School of Education includes the following:

  • Monitors the overall integrity of Professional Education Programs;
  • Leads programmatic initiatives to strengthen the direction of Professional Education Programs at the undergraduate and graduate level;
  • Conducts regular programmatic evaluations and prepares final reports for accreditation review by the Department of Public Instruction;
  • Oversees governance of the Professional Education Unit;
  • Coordinates professional preparation across all Departments housing Professional Education Programs;
  • Leads programmatic initiatives which includes conceptualizing program vision, designing and monitoring an assessment system, and professional development activities for faculty;
  • Monitors the implementation and assessment of professional education programs;
  • Monitors programs to ensure that all programs are aligned with conceptual framework, academic standards and WI teacher standards
Below is the organizational chart for the administration of the School of Education:

SOE Organizational Chart

The Colleges with Professional Education Programs

Deans in the Colleges housing Professional Education Programs oversee all faculty including those who teach in Professional Education Programs.  This includes monitoring productivity, workloads, rank, and recruitment. Deans provide for adequate classroom space, laboratory, office, and workspace which have current technology, equipment, and supplies needed to fulfill the mission of the institution.  Each College has on staff advisors and oversees student services to insure that all students have access to and are provided information and resources on student services, including personal, professional and career counseling, career information, tutoring, academic, and job placement assistance. Each Dean monitors faculty recruitment to ensure that (1) programs have sufficient numbers of full time faculty to teach in initial and advanced programs to insure consistent quality and delivery of programs; and (2) diverse and highly qualified faculty are recruited, supported, and retained.

The Departments with Professional Education Programs

The Chair of each Department monitors policies for teaching loads, faculty development, and institutional and community service expectations for faculty who teach in initial or advanced educator preparation programs. Chairs are responsible for staffing courses and ensuring that faculty who teach in initial and advanced educator preparation programs leading to licensure, have preparation specifically related to their assignment(s), hold advanced degrees, and demonstrate expertise in their area of responsibility.

A promotion retention and tenure committee is selected to identify selection, promotion, and tenure of faculty.  Criteria and procedures related to retention, tenure, promotion, and merit are developed within each Department.  For complete information on this subject, the reader should refer to official statements of department policy and department by-laws.

Faculty elect Program Directors who oversee and facilitate all program changes.  They lead curriculum initiatives, including the revision of course language, the addition and/or deletion of courses and the changing, addition and/or deletion of program requirements. Program requirement changes shall be addressed by all program faculty. After approval by a majority of the program faculty, the changes shall be forwarded to the department affected for review and reaction. The changes are then sent to the Teacher Education Governing Council for endorsement. Approved proposals shall be signed by the Director of the School of Education and then sent to the relevant university-wide committee.

Director of the School of Education

The Director is the principal university officer for professional education programs who coordinates and oversees all items related to professional education across programs, departments, and colleges. The Director chairs all committees related to Professional Education programs, which include 1) Teacher Education Governing Council, 2) School of Education Leadership Team, 3) Teacher Candidate Progress Review Committee, and 4) Secondary Education Committee. In collaborating with these committees, she/he reviews and renders decisions on all items related to professional education policy including: admission and exit requirements, program enrollment management, and goals for professional education.   She/he reviews and renders decisions on all programmatic changes which alter professional sequence of studies for programs leading to certification of a Birth to Twenty-one professional. She/he insures that constituent groups from the local community are involved in the development, evaluation and revision of all professional education programs. The Director, in collaboration with faculty and staff, leads accreditation and program approval reporting.  The Director supervises the work of the Director of Field Experience. The Director of Teacher Education works closely with the Dean's of the College of Liberal Studies and the College of Science and Health. Since teacher education is considered a University-wide responsibility at UW-La Crosse, the Director of the School of Education is responsible to serve as the principal campus officer and to provide leadership for all teacher education programs within the Teacher Education Unit. In the administration of graduate programs in teacher education, the Director works in close cooperation with the Director of University Graduate Studies.

Below is a table that details primary administrative responsibilities duties within the School of Education:

Administrative Responsibilities within the School of Education

Dean

Director

Chair

Program Director

Promotes the College on campus and in the community

Ensures that policies are followed and makes recommendations to the Provost  on the hiring, promotion, and tenure of faculty

Oversees the recruitment, hiring, and mentoring of a diverse faculty

Supervises the work of the certification officer (CLS Dean)

Insures that faculty have adequate resources to support teaching and scholarship

Insures that the SOE has sufficient facilities, equipment and budgetary resources to fulfill its mission to offer quality programs.

Insures that the SOE has adequate budgetary resources to support field experiences of teacher candidates and professional development for faculty and PK-12 teachers (CLS Dean)

Provides adequate classroom, laboratory, office, and workspace which have adequate technology, equipment, and supplies needed to fulfill the mission of the institution. 

Approves and renders decisions on equitable workload policies which insure that all faculty who teach in initial and advanced programs have the time and resources to accommodate teaching, advising, research and scholarship, administration, committee work, supervision and other institutional and community service activities

Promotes the School of Education on campus and in the community

Responsible for the overall integrity of Professional Education Programs

Conducts regular programmatic evaluations and prepares final reports for accreditation review by the Department of Public Instruction.

Oversees governance of the Professional Education Unit

Coordinates professional preparation across all Departments housing Professional Education Programs

Supervises the work of the Director of the Office of Field Experience.

Leads programmatic initiatives which includes conceptualizing program vision, designing and monitoring an assessment system, and professional development activities

Monitors certification programs to ensure that all programs are aligned with conceptual framework and state and national standards

Review and render decisions on all items related to professional education policy including: admission and exit requirements, program enrollment management, and goals for professional education.

Reviews and renders decisions on programmatic changes which alter professional sequence of studies for programs leading to certification to serve as a Birth to Twenty-one professional.

Promotes the Department on campus and in the community

Responsible for course registration and scheduling in consultation with faculty

Establishes faculty teaching assignments and other workload responsibilities as determined by programmatic needs and as governed by Department by-laws

Reviews and endorses curricular changes, faculty projects, and grant applications

Implements the curriculum which includes receiving and responding to concerns about curriculum and acting on substitution and waiver requests

Prepares the annual departmental budget for travel, equipment, and other expenses

Makes assignments of offices, classrooms, and other work areas; obtaining other facilities when needed; and requesting maintenance for repairs for equipment, offices, classrooms, and other work areas.

Establishes a schedule of department meetings and presides at same.

Conveys to the appropriate administrative officer the personnel needs of the department for faculty and academic staff, graduate assistants, classified staff and student help.

Monitors all departmental search and screen activities for compliance with UW-L Affirmative Action hiring procedures.

Receives and responds to student questions, concerns, and complaints regarding courses, curriculum requirements, faculty, and grades.

Promotes Professional Education Programs on campus and in the community

Conducts regular programmatic evaluations and prepares final reports for the SOE

Establishes a schedule of program meetings and presides at same.

Makes formal recommendations to the Chair regarding changes in programs

Makes recommendation to the Chair regarding faculty teaching assignments and other workload responsibilities as determined by programmatic needs and as governed by Department by-laws

Serves on the School of Education leadership team and provides overall guidance for all School of Education activities

Initiates discussion of curricular issues; receiving and responding to programmatic needs and concerns

Leads programmatic initiatives in consultation with faculty and the Chair

Monitors programs to ensure that all programs are aligned with conceptual framework and state and national standards

Leads data collection efforts and initiates program referral of a teacher candidate to the Teacher Candidate Progress Review Committee

Office of Field Experience

Policies and practices promoting effective teacher induction are of great importance to all Professional Education Programs within the School of Education. The focus of this Office is to support students in their transitions from early field experiences to student teachers to beginning teachers. The Director and Assistant Director coordinate field experiences for all teacher licensure programs in cooperation with faculty and partnering schools.  This includes making field placements as well as designing and delivering educational sessions for students, cooperating teachers, and University supervisors to strengthen connections between the Professional Education Programs and school-based practices.  It also includes supporting cooperating teachers to ensure they can effectively perform the duties of mentoring and evaluating clinical students and student teachers/interns. The Director and Assistant Director work directly with faculty to ensure that field sites are closely aligned with the mission, vision, and goals of the UW-L School of Education and P-I 34. The Director and Assistant Director monitor clinical placements, documenting student performance and keeping records that include at least two written evaluations of each clinical student based on observations by the cooperating teacher and/or the university supervisor.  They also monitor the performance of student teachers through four one-hour supervisor observations, midterm evaluation, and final evaluation.  The OFE coordinates the appropriate supervision of all clinical, student teaching, and internship experiences to ensure that all supervising personnel meet PI-34 requirements.

This Office secures Affiliation Agreements between UW-L and all cooperating schools or learning environments in which field experiences are located.  The Office of Field Experience also conducts caregiver and criminal background checks for all students prior to their admittance and participation in clinical and student teaching placements.

Certification Office

The Office of Certification provides services to students who are preparing to become professional educators. In addition to monitoring candidates’ progress and status throughout the Professional Education Program, this office provides information and guidance regarding licensure requirements. Upon program completion, candidates apply for licensure through this office. The Certification Officer insures all students completing programs at both the initial and advanced level have met all program requirements at required exit level proficiency.  The Certification Officer maintains a permanent cumulative record on each SOE student enrolled in an approved program for licensure.   She/he reports the pass rate of the institution’s graduates on the teacher certification or licensure assessments required by the state. The certification officer provides instruction to teacher candidates for completing the WI license application. License application materials are available on the DPI and other licensing agency websites. When all requirements have been met and the application for licensure has been submitted to this office, the license application will be endorsed by the Certification Officer and mailed to the appropriate licensing agency.

Recommendation for Licensure (Wisconsin)

Recommendation for licensure to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is granted upon successful completion of all licensure program and where appropriate, degree requirements.

Recommendation for Out-of-State Licensure

It is an individual’s responsibility to contact the state of choice in order to obtain licensing requirements and guidelines in other states. The Certification officer assists students in this endeavor and submits required documentation to support the individual to receive licensure in other states.

Quality Assurance Coordinator

The Quality Assurance Coordinator’s work for the School of Education includes data gathering to make data driven decisions and manipulation and maintenance of the SOE database.  She/he meets with the Director of the School of Education, the Certification Officer and the Director of Field Experience to manage, monitor and update the SOE database system. If you would like to create tools to collect data on your program, you may contact the Quality Assurance Coordinator to assist you to create tools to improve decisions and programs. Tools may include survey instruments, database records, forms, queries and reports, web-based forms or other methods of data collection.  The Quality Assurance Coordinator provides support for departments and programs as they create annual Program Reports. Support may include assistance in collecting and analyzing data, provisioning data from existing sources (surveys, database), technical aspects of the write-up or other areas as needed.

In preparation for the DPI’s accreditation visit, she/he is the point person for the creation of an electronic documents room to house documents relevant to the institutional and program reports, including scanning or digitalizing documentation, converting documentation to web-safe formats, procurement of online secure space to house documents safely, formatting and presenting documents in an easy-to-find fashion and any other relevant tasks as requested by the Director. 

UW-La Crosse Office of Continuing Education and Extension (CEE)

CEE works closely with SOE faculty and staff to offer workshops, conferences and credit courses to improve educational practices to meet the needs of individual educators and school districts. School of Education faculty and staff also collaborate with Continuing Education and Extension to offer programs for children and youth. The CEE staff work with faculty and staff to develop and host educational programs (both credit and non-credit).

If you are developing an on-line course, hosting a regional conference or planning a summer workshop, you may want to consult with the CEE staff who can lend their the expertise in a) setting and administering the budget, b) managing contracts, c) marketing the program, d) managing participant registration and program procedures, e) purchasing and printing materials, f) managing mailings, and g) administering facilities, equipment, and food.

CEE and SOE have been awarded a Wisconsin Department of Instruction grant that allows them to establish a Licensing Renewal Support Center (LRSC). UW-L is one of sixteen sites in Wisconsin to be named a LRSC. The primary purpose of the Center is to provide PI 34 license renewal-related services to various licensed educators not employed by Wisconsin public schools. The secondary purpose is to provide assistance to licensed Wisconsin educators who wish to renew their license using a professional development plan in 2007 and 2008.

To learn more about CEE, go to their web site at the following address:
http://www.uwlax.edu/conted/html/teacher-education.htm

The Masters in Education Professional Development (ME-PD) Learning Community

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse offers the ME-PD Learning Community graduate degree program through the Office of Continuing Education and Extension.  UW-La Crosse’s ME-PD Learning Community program offers practicing PK-16 educators the opportunity to improve their teaching and make immediate applications to their classrooms while earning their master’s degrees.  The degree is designed for school professionals, educators or others who want to develop educational competencies for professional growth. The ME-PD Learning Community program does not grant teacher certification/licensure. The Learning Community offers a 30-credit graduate program.

To learn more about the ME-PD Learning Community Program, go to their web site at the following address:
http://www.uwlax.edu/mepd/lc/

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI)

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, also known as the DPI, has adopted Chapter PI-34 to serve and support the Wisconsin education community in meeting Wisconsin statutory and code requirements to ensure that there are high quality educators and strong leadership in every school.. The mission of the Teacher Education, Professional Development and Licensing Team within the DPI is to monitor and align teacher education, professional development programs, program approval and licensing to all components of PI-34.  These guidelines, approved by the State in 2000, take effect for all of our graduates in the year 2004.

PI-34 administrative rules for Education Program Approval and Licensing restructured teacher education, educator licenses, and professional development for Wisconsin educators can be located at the following address:

http://dpi.wi.gov/tepdl/watsnew.html

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Wisconsin is Elizabeth Burmaster.  See the DPI web site at http://www.dpi.state.wi.us/ for comments by Superintendent Burmaster.