WAYLAND BAPTIST UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF EDUCATION PLAINVIEW CAMPUS Mission Statement Wayland Baptist University exists to educate students in an academically challenging, learning-focused and distinctively Christian environment for professional success, lifelong learning and service to God and humankind. Course number and title: EDUC 5318 Becoming a Teacher INSTRUCTOR’S NAME: Linda Hutcherson, Ed. D. PHONE NUMBER(S): 806-336-5015 (Cell) E-MAIL ADDRESS: [email protected] Catalog Description: Course focuses on preparing the student for the required Texas state certification examination in pedagogy and professional responsibilities (PPR). This is considered a capstone course and should be taken at the conclusion of other required coursework. Course Synopsis: An in-depth review of the educator standards which are part of licensure tests for teachers in Texas. The content covered by these tests is organized into areas called domains. Each domain covers a specific area of educator standards: Planning and Preparation, Creating a Positive Classroom Environment, Delivery of Effective instruction and Being a Professional. Students will review each of the competencies contained within each domain, take practice quizzes over each competency/domain and be required to pass a released TExES PPR practice test with a minimum score of 80% to receive credit for the course and permission to take the state exam. Prerequisites: Taken with student teaching or as a capstone course Required Resource Materials: A. Student Textbook(s): 1. Hadley and Eisenwine (2008). Interactive study guide for the TExES. Primary text 2. The 4-8 or 8-12 or EC-12 Pedagogy & Professional Practices Preparation Manual (PPR) available from www.texes.ets.org B. Other Book/Periodical/Electronic Resources 1. The State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC) website: www.sbec.state.tx.us 2. The Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES) website: www.texes.ets.org Course outline: Module /Week One Two Three Four Five Six Seven Eight Nine Ten Eleven Topic Chap Overview and Test-Taking Strategies Domain 1-Comp 1 and 2 Domain 1-Comp 3 and 4 Domain 2-Comp 5 and 6 Practice Exam-Domain 1 and 2 Domain 3-Comp 7 and 8 Domain 3-Comp 9 and 10 Domain 4-Comp 11and 12 Domain 4-Comp 13 Practice Exam Domain 3 and 4 Practice Exam 1-3 4 4 5 4-5 6 6 7 7 8 All Course Requirements: A. Reading and completing assigned chapters of the text/workbook B. Weekly practice quizzes to hone test-taking skills C. Analysis of thinking strategies used in practice quizzes and discussion board with classmates Student Learning Outcomes: The student will demonstrate a working knowledge of the 13 competencies and the philosophy behind the PPR Means for Assessing student learning outcomes: Knowledge of the philosophy and the 13 competencies will be demonstrated by scores on daily quizzes and on obtaining 80% or higher on the official PPR licensing practice test. Course Grading Criteria: 1. If a student qualifies (80% or higher) on the practice testRound One--75 Round Two—65 Points 65 or 75 % a. Students who qualify on the Round One practice test will receive approval status to take the official online PPR exam. The WBU certification officer (Debbie [email protected] ) codes this approval into the TEA database, then you will receive an email from the state saying you can go ahead and register. See Registration Bulletin for the steps. b. The approval status will allow you to go online to obtain your TEA ID# so you can register for your online PPR exam. c. This exam can be taken as paper/pencil (see the Registration Bulletin for deadlines/dates) or as a computer-assisted test (CAT) at Texas Tech. The CAT is administered several times a week; afterwards, you are given an unofficial pass/fail. d. *Students who do not achieve 80% or higher during either Round One or during Round Two will receive an Incomplete. An Incomplete form will be filled out and signed. This will not keep you from graduating if you have an education course that can be substituted in place of EDUC 5318. You will have an additional semester to qualify. After the semester, the Incomplete turns into an F. e. It is recommended that you complete the state exam within the same semester or by the end of the following semester. 2. Assignments and discussion board Evaluation: University Grading System A 90-100 B 80-89 C 70-79 D 60-69 F below 60 25 % CR NCR I W WP WF X for credit No Credit Incomplete* for Withdrawal Withdrawal Passing Withdrawal Failing No grade given IP In Progress EDUC 5318 is not a course eligible for CR, NCR, X, or IP. * As approved by the Registrar and the Division of Education, a grade of Incomplete will be awarded to any student who does not achieve 80% or higher on his/her PPR state-secure practice test. The Incomplete can remain in effect for one more semester. Within this additional time frame, the student must embark upon a program of study, guided by his/her last PPR practice test results summary sheet. Some study materials beyond those used in 5318 may be available. If the student has not achieved 80% or higher by the end of the next semester, the Incomplete will turn to an F on the student’s academic record. Academic Honesty: University students are expected to conduct themselves according to the highest standards of academic honesty. Academic misconduct for which a student is subject to penalty includes all forms of cheating, such as illicit possession of examinations or examination materials, forgery, or plagiarism. (Plagiarism is the presentation of the work of another as one’s own work.) Disciplinary action for academic misconduct is the responsibility of the faculty member assigned to the course. The faculty member is charged with assessing the gravity of any case of academic dishonesty and with giving sanctions to any student involved. Penalties may be applied to individual cases of academic dishonesty; see catalog for more information about academic dishonesty. Disabled Persons: It is the university policy that no otherwise qualified disabled person be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity in the university. It is the responsibility of the student to disclose and to provide documentation pertaining to the disability so that appropriate modifications may be made. Note. If you have a documented disability that would interfere with your success when taking a licensing exam, see the Registration Bulletin on how to obtain a modificationfor your exam.