School of Education - Accreditation Self-Study Report

Programs

The unit offers 44 programs leading to a degree, certificate or licensure. The overview of programs outlines the many opportunities available within the unit.

State Approval: In spring 2014, the unit submitted 36 programs (both initial and advanced) to the Minnesota Board of Teaching for extensive review. The review process requires each program to demonstrate how they meet and assess candidate proficiencies on state standards, including evidence that data is used for program improvement. Our programs are still in the review process at this writing, but must be approved by September 1, 2014 (Exhibit I.5.e.4).

Other School Professionals: Our school counseling program is accredited by Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and is due for reaccreditation in 2016 (Exhibit I.5.d.1). The Educational Administration programs are accredited through the Board of School Administrators (BOSA), who will be making a site visit in spring 2015 (Exhibit I.5.d.2).

Off-campus offerings: The unit offers courses at two off-site locations: North Branch public schools and the Twin Cities Graduate Center. Our North Branch partnership dates back to 1998 and provides both initial and advanced programming (Exhibit I.5.h.2). Classes are held onsite in local schools.

Many of our advanced level educational administration courses are offered at the Twin Cities Graduate Center, in Maple Grove, MN, providing easy access and affordable programming to educators in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. While individual courses may be offered at this convenient, off-site location, entire programs are not yet offered off-site. (Exhibit I.5.h.3).

Online: Our Library Media Specialist program is offered at both the initial and advanced level. Courses are offered face-to-face and online, and candidates choose the delivery method best suited to their needs. The Driver’s Education program (advanced) is only offered online, and enrolls students from across the nation.