Conceptual Framework

Developing Servant Leaders for Professional Practice: Preparation and Planning, Establishing a Respectful Environment, Instructing Effectively, and Assuming Professional Responsibilities

Since 1999, the primary focus of the Pfeiffer Teacher Education Program has been articulated as “Developing Servant Leaders.” Consistent with the vision and mission of Pfeiffer University, this concept remains in place as the goal toward which our program strives. The teacher as servant leader helps to set high standards for the learning community in which they serve. Through daily interaction, teachers encourage academic and civic excellence among the students they serve. Moreover, because of their unique position in the community and society, teachers who are both servants and leaders have the ongoing opportunity through their collaborative relationships with school colleagues, parents, and community agency personnel to model advocacy and high standards of ethics on behalf of the students they serve.  

The leading phrase of the conceptual framework recognizes the work of the teacher as professional. The teacher is not a technician, but rather is a professional informed about the discipline, the nature of the learner, and learning. The teacher must make innumerable independent decisions daily for the benefit of students' affective, cognitive and physical development.

The conceptual framework of the Pfeiffer Teacher Education Program embodies four domains that specify the areas of a teacher's responsibility.   These domains are based on the work of Charlotte Danielson (Enhancing Professional Practice: A Framework for Teaching, 2nd Edition, 2007) and are consistent with the North Carolina Professional Teaching Standards, approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education on June 7, 2007.

Under each domain are curriculum standards and professional dispositions, which candidates for teacher licensure are expected to demonstrate.  

 

Student Teaching

APPLICATION FOR CLINICAL PRACTICE

To apply for clinical practice, you must submit an e-portfolio in TaskStream to be evaluated by a team of at least two faculty members. The e-portfolio will be assessed in terms of the Teacher Education Program's Conceptual Framework and Curriculum Standards. If the team determines that some competencies are not adequately met, they will recommend a plan for remediation prior to clinical practice or during clinical practice. Your application e-portfolio is due no later than the last add date in the semester prior to the semester in which you plan to do clinical practice.

 Step 1. You must submit an e-portfolio in TaskStream that includes the following products and evaluations of those products:

  • Research paper on contemporary issues (EDUC 321). Required score 80 or above.
  • Servant leadership project (EDUC 322). May not have more than one “not met” on the rubric.
  • A minimum10-lesson content Unit Plan from EDUC 406A/500, HPED 401/402, MUSC 505, OR SPED 526. Must score 80 or above on the rubric.
  • Simulated lesson presentation (EDUC 407/412/413/500L, HPED 401L or MUSC 505). Required score 80 or above.
  • 5-Step Formal Reflection (EDUC 406C/412/413/500, or HPED 401L/402L). Must achieve an “acceptable” or above on rubric.

Also, you must post the following on TaskStream:

  • A current unofficial transcript showing a GPA of 2.75 or higher and achieving a C or better in all EDUC and SPED course work (Elementary Education and Special Education-General Curriculum have additional grade stipulations. Please see catalog).
  • Official report from ETS indicating passing scores on the three (3) Praxis I tests (criterion is a 522 cumulative score, or passing scores on each of the three Praxis I test, or criterion scores on SAT or ACT).
  • Signed statement on any criminal convictions or the lack thereof.
  • Resume of personal and professional experiences relevant to clinical practice and teaching, (e.g. work, extracurricular experiences in high school and college, service learning, community, church, and field experiences).

Step 2. When you have posted all documents on your e-portfolio, you must complete an application giving the Teacher Education Board permission to –

  • Review the portfolio and all data required for admission to student teaching.
  • Secure references from all methods professors in the School of Education and two faculty in your major who have taught you and one cooperating teacher that has worked with you during a field experience.
  • And submit it to your advisor/ the secretary of the School of Education.

Step 3.  The School of Education faculty will examine your portfolio, test scores, and references; and recommend approval or denial of acceptance for student teaching.  The Teacher Education Board will approve or deny acceptance. The decision of the Teacher Education Board will be provided to you in writing.

Teacher Education Program

miranda-beamAPPLICATION FOR ADMISSION TO THE TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM

Students seeking teacher licensure must request admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) as soon as they have completed EDUC 205, EDUC 306, and EDUC 360, but no later than while enrolled in EDUC 406.

Step 1. You must submit an e-portfolio in TaskStream that includes the following products and evaluations of those products:

  • Child or adolescent observation project (EDUC 306).  Required score 80 or above.
  • Evaluation of an oral presentation (EDUC 306). Required score 80 or above.
  • Non-linear multi-media presentation for use in teaching in the content area (EDUC 360). Acceptable performance on all criteria.  

Also, you must post the following on TaskStream:

  • A current unofficial transcript showing a GPA of 2.75 or higher and a C or better on all EDUC and SPED coursework.
  • Official report from ETS indicating passing scores on the three (3) Praxis I tests (criterion is a 522 cumulative score, or passing scores on each of the three Praxis I test, or criterion scores on SAT or ACT).
  • TEP Writing Sample. Required score of 5 or better.
  • English 2600 Grammar Test score of 70 or above from EDUC 205 or administered by the School of Education.

Step 2. When you have posted all documents, you must complete an application giving the Teacher Education Board permission to –

  • Review the portfolio and all data required for admission.
  • Secure references from all School of Education faculty and two (2) faculty in your major who have taught you.
  • Complete a background check on you.

Step 3.  The School of Education faculty will examine your portfolio, test scores, and references; and recommend approval or denial of admission. The Teacher Education Board will approve or deny admission. The decision of the Teacher Education Board will be provided to you in writing.

Step 4. If you meet all criteria for admission except having passing scores on the required tests, you may request an interview with a panel of the Teacher Education Board. Prior to the interview, you must complete the following (as related to the criteria not achieved):

  • a writing sample administered by the School of Education. (Prompt: “Explain why you should be admitted to the Teacher Education Program, addressing how you will overcome your deficiencies in order to become a capable teacher.”)
  • a grammar test administered by the School of Education.
  • a plan for passing the Praxis I prior to Student Teaching, must include  concrete applications as formal tutoring and/or courses.
  • You are expected to use Standard English in all written and oral presentations.

Step 5. The panel of the Teacher Education Board will judge the adequacy of your literacy skills for continuation in the Teacher Education Program.  The panel will recommend approval or denial of admission based on all data presented and your  interview.  Again the decision of the Teacher Education Board will be provided to you in writing.

Criteria for Clinical Practice & Licensure Requirements

In order to successfully complete your clinical practice requirements and to be recommended for licensure in North Carolina by Pfeiffer University, you must complete the following instructions and submit all documents which meet the indicated criteria.

Directions: To successfully complete clinical practice, the following documents and evaluations of those documents must be uploaded into your e-portfolio in TaskStream. Each document and evaluation must meet the indicated criteria before you will be recommended for licensure. Your final e-portfolio will be assessed by a team of at least two faculty members. The portfolio along with other aspects of your student teaching experience will be used to determine your final grade for clinical practice.

Step 1. You must submit the following documents in your e-portfolio in TaskStream. Each document must also include the rating scale for that product:

  • Product of Learning documentation and presentation (EDUC 510/540/541 or SPED 515). This will include your EDUC 510 Unit with a rubric evaluating your lessons and the Unit as well as your documentation and evaluation of student learning and your powerpoint presentation of this product. Must score 80 or above on all the rating scales/rubrics.
  • Self-Assessment (EDUC 510/540/541 or SPED 515). Must score 80 or above.
  • Final IHE/LEA form reflecting both the Cooperating Teacher's and University Supervisor's evaluation of your overall student teaching performance. Must score 100.

Also, you must post the following on TaskStream:

  • Current unofficial transcript showing a GPA of 2.75 or higher and achieving a C or better in all EDUC and SPED courses.
  • Official report from ETS with appropriate Praxis II tests scores (for elementary education and special education majors only). All other majors must successfully complete senior testing in the content area or take the corresponding Praxis II test(s) in their concentration area.
  • Technology portfolio and rubric. Must score 80 or above.
  • Your last formal observation by your University Supervisor (must have all required signatures). You must attach your lesson plan for this observation and your pre & post conference questionnaire.
  • A copy of your third formal reflection.
  • A copy of your parent involvement log and supporting documents.

Step 2. It is your responsibility to assure that each document and its evaluation is on TaskStream and meets the indicated criteria. You must work with the corresponding course instructor to get those documents to criteria before you will be recommended for licensure.

Step 3. You must meet with the School of Education's secretary to review your exit criteria, other graduation documentation, program assessment documents, and submit your licensure paperwork prior to graduation.

Step 4. In order to be recommended for licensure, you must meet all criteria for graduation at Pfeiffer University, receive passing Praxis II scores(for EE and SPED majors only) or successfully complete Senior content area testing, successfully complete your technology portfolio, complete licensure packet (includes: “Application for a North Carolina License”, “Student Teaching/Internship Performance: Evaluation by North Carolina Local Education Agency”, and submit a check for the State licensure fee) and achieve the designated results on the exit documents (listed above). The School of Education will complete the “Verification by Institution: Completion of Approved Education Program” once you have successfully completed all criteria as listed above. The licensure packet, passing Praxis II scores, official transcript and the Verification of Program Completion will be mailed to NCDPI. You may check with your advisor to confirm eligibility for licensure.

Scholarships & Awards

Scholarships

The Grigg Education Scholars Program-The Grigg Education Scholars Program provides scholarship support to exceptional prospective teachers who seek to prepare for excellence in the teaching profession while also developing servant leadership skills and dispositions through service to the University and the community. Click here for complete information about this program.

Eligibility
The Grigg Education Scholars Program is open to North Carolina High School seniors who qualify to attend Pfeiffer University and are interested in the teaching profession. Preference is given to Stanly County students who meet the criteria. The Grigg Education Scholars awards shall be contingent upon the candidate's enrollment as a full-time student at Pfeiffer University during the fall semester of the award year.

Program Guidelines
Award Maximums will be established annually according to income available from the Grigg Education Scholars Program endowment. Awards shall not exceed the cost of tuition, room and board. Awards shall be provided to one or more recipients each year for a total of up to eight (8) semesters. Candidates must maintain a grade point average of 3.0. By the end of sophomore year, Grigg Education Scholars must apply and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. To maintain the scholarship, Grigg Education Scholars must continue in the Teacher Education Program until the baccalaureate degree has been earned.

Awards

  1. Academic Excellence Award- This award is given to the teacher candidate with the highest GPA in professional and content courses within the School of Education.
  2. Golden Apple Award-The Golden Apple Award is given to teacher candidates who have shown tremendous growth throughout the program of study and exhibits a great potential for the teaching profession. Recipients are nominated and selected by faculty members.
  3. Servant Leadership Award-This award is given to the school of education student who performs above and beyond the call of duty with regard to service to Pfeiffer, the School of Education and surrounding schools. The recipient is nominated and selected by faculty members.

 

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