Policy Making and Leadership Bodies in the School of Education
There are several policy making and leadership bodies within the School of Education. Operating in a collaborative, professional environment, these councils and committees serve as decision making and advisory groups to improve educational practices and programs in the School of Education.
The Teacher Education Governing Council is the primary policy-making body for professional education programs at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. It consists of representatives from professional education programs in the Department of Educational Studies, School Health Education, Physical Education Teacher Education, School Psychology, and departments in liberal studies and sciences. Public school professionals and candidates in professional education programs are also members.
Membership of the Teacher Education Governing Council consists of 14 voting members, 9 appointed by the Faculty Senate, 1 appointed by the Student Senate, the Director of the School of Education, and 3 appointed by the Director of the School of Education. These 3 are educational leaders in the region and may be superintendents, principals, or curriculum specialists in PK-12 schools. The Director of Field Experiences, the Certification Officer and the Quality Assurance Coordinator serve as consultants. Members serve three-year terms. Terms are staggered to ensure continuity. The Director votes only in case of a tie.
The Council reviews and makes recommendations relative to all program changes, course or degree modifications, or other curriculum issues relevant to the School of Education. The Dean will ask the department to include the signed TEGC Curriculum Endorsement Form with the LX forms being submitted to the Dean for signature. Upon obtaining the Dean’s signature on the LX forms, the department will forward completed curriculum packet (including the TEGC Curriculum Endorsement form) to Undergraduate Curriculum Committee (UCC) and/or the Graduate Curriculum Committee(GCC) for final approval.
Below is the curriculum approval process flow chart for the School of Education:
The School of Education Leadership Team is charged with advising the Director on the policies, procedures, activities, resources, and facilities of the School.
Responsibilities include the following:
- Make formal recommendations to the Director regarding changes in programs, assessment procedures and all other aspects of the School of Education
- Provide the primary voice for teacher education on campus and overall guidance to all School of Education activities
- Chair, Department of Educational Studies
- Chair, Department of Exercise and Sports Science
- Chair, Health Education and Health Promotion
- Program Director, School Health Education
- Program Director, Physical Education Teaching
- Program Director, EC/MC
- Program Director, EA/A
- Program Director, Graduate School Psychology
- Program Director, Graduate Special Education
- Program Director, Graduate Reading
- Program Director, Master of Education-Professional Development
- Certification Officer
- Director of Field Experience
- Academic Assistant to the Dean of the College of Science and Health
- Representative from Continuing Education and Extension
Program Directors are elected by program faculty. They serve a one year term in which their responsibilities include monitoring all aspects of the program. 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 Directors make recommendation to the Chair regarding faculty teaching assignments and other workload responsibilities as determined by programmatic needs and as governed by department by-laws.
The School of Education at UW-La Crosse strives to become a leader in the preparation of teachers through a University-wide commitment. The position of the content liaisons has been created to facilitate this commitment. In addition to improving lines of communication across campus, the content liaisons serve as leaders, who identify and address the needs of the professional education programs.
Content Liaisons committee is made up of representatives from Departments that house a professional education program and the Director of the School of Education.
Responsibilities include the following:
- Share pertinent information with respective departments
- Obtain feedback from respective departments and share with School of Education members
- Attend School of Education meetings and workshops as appropriate
- Establish an annual agenda to enhance and improve the School of Education
- Collaboratively prepare an annual report
The Director’s Council is composed of student leaders from programs and student organizations within the School of Education. Director’s Council leaders provide guidance to the Director of the School of Education, serve as liaisons to the School of Education, and support students across all programs in the School of Education. The Director’s Council is charged with meeting regularly with the director to provide input into school level administrative decisions. Issues are raised and framed by both the director and the members of the council, and suggestions and solutions to problems are developed by the Council.
Current Director's Council Membership can be found here.