FRANCISCAN UNIVERSITY OF STEUBENVILLE, STEUBENVILLE, OHIO GRADUATE EDUCATION DEPARTMENT NEWSLETTER Volume 17 Issue 1 Welcome New Faculty The Graduate Education Department welcomes new adjunct professor, Dr. Charles Kokiko who is teaching EDU 513, Models of Teaching. Student Teaching September 2009 Grades 4-5 Endorsement Franciscan University is pleased to be able to offer the 4-5 Endorsement to the Ohio Pre-k3 teaching license as an online program. The endorsement entails nine graduate hours of coursework offered consecutively in Fall, Spring and May. You may begin the program in any semester. You will also be required to pass the PRAXIS test prior to adding the endorsement to your license. Any student may use these courses as electives and/or professional development. However, only those with an existing Pre-k-3 license can obtain the endorsement. Principal’s Leadership Academy Graduate students seeking their initial teaching license who plan to fulfill their student teaching requirement in the Spring of 2010 are advised to complete and submit an application to the Education Department secretary, Barb Dray in Room #238. All applications are to be submitted no later than Friday, October 16, 2009. Current Principals be sure to take advantage of the 2009-10 Leadership Academy. Dates and topics are listed below and graduate credit can be earned for attended all sessions. Topics: Legal issues and a Question and Answer session Legal Issues regarding Teachers and students in the use of Social Networks Brain Based Learning Differentiated Instruction Change management Autism Working with Changing Demographics Technology and 21st Century Learning We are proud to extend congratulations to graduates of our MS Education and Administration programs as of August 31, 2009. They are as follows: MS Education: Elementary Principals Thursday, October 22 Thursday, November 12 Thursday, February 4 Tuesday, March 23 Catherine Cox Secondary Principals Thursday, October 29 Thursday, February 18 Thursday, November 19 Thursday, March 4 Jamie Jennings Tom Daley Erica Evans Brianne Houk Abbey Petrozzi 2 MS Educational Administration: Jason Aspinall Nicole Beadnell Nicole Campana Jennifer Curtis Stephanie Duffy-Zimmer Dr. Clint Born – Mondays & Thursdays 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm primary form of communication with students. Dr. Michael Joyce – Mondays, Tuesdays, & Wednesdays 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Grade Reporting Dr. Kathy McVey – Mondays 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm, Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Dana Vulgamore If you have satisfied the requirements for graduation and your name is not on the list, please call the Graduate Education Office at 740-284-5292. E-mail Communications Many students call to say they have not received their grade reports in the mail. Franciscan University does not mail grade reports to students. Grades can be obtained online using FUS web. You will need your student ID number and password to access your information. If it is the first time for use, your password is the last four digits of your social security number. Website Re-design PRAXIS As you may have already noticed, the Franciscan University website has been redesigned to reflect a more modern style and user-friendly operation. The FUS web and Campus E-mail can now be found at the bottom of the page and can be accessed from any page on the site. The Student Services tab will be the most useful to current students. Here, you will be able to access the library, the bookstore and online registration, as well as several other campus services. Check it out at: www.franciscan.edu. Advising All students are reminded to check with their advisor as they enroll in coursework each semester. This is especially important for students recently accepted into the program. Advisor office hours for Fall 09 are as follows: Dr. Charles Joyce – Mondays & Tuesdays 3:00 pm – 5:30 pm Please be advised that although we try to use your personal email for communications from the department, any official University communications will be sent to your university e-mail address. For new students, once you are registered for classes, your e-mail address will be assigned. Normally the address will be the 1st initial of your first name followed by your last name followed by a firstname.lastname@example.org. In certain circumstances where you have a common name or initials your number could be 002 or higher depending upon how many people share your name in common. As an example John Doe may be email@example.com. The system will let you know what your address is once you go in to activate the account. You can activate the address on our website by clicking on campus e-mail and following the instructions for student account activation. If your account will not activate, you may call our OIT Help desk at 740-283-7033. GroupWise help for both Mac and PC can be found on our website at www.franciscan.edu. Please be sure to check your email frequently as this is our Dates have been announced for the availability of PRAXIS testing on campus. They are as follows: November 14, 2009 March 13, 2010 April 24, 2010 June 12, 2010 Registration for PRAXIS can be done online at: www.ets.prg/praxis. Other test dates and locations can be found on the website as well. Information for computerbased testing can be obtained in the Graduate Education Office. Also, for any student obtaining their initial administrator’s license, you must pass the PRAXIS for Administrators in order to obtain licensure in the state of Ohio. The test code for this test is 0410.