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Council on Teacher Education

Council on Teacher Education

The Council on Teacher Education (CTE) is the authorized council of the university that has governance responsibility for undergraduate (initial) teacher education programs. Initial programs are those leading to the first teaching license. The CTE has the following purpose and authority, composition, and responsibility:

The council advises and assists the Dean of The Teachers College with the governance of undergraduate, or initial, teacher education programs that lead to the candidates’ first teaching license. It shall function within the broad framework of university policy as formulated by the Faculty Senate, the administration, and the Kansas Board of Regents. All actions pertaining to the governance of programs, standards, and policies for teacher education shall be subject to the approval of the Provost and/or the President of the University.

The council is composed of faculty representatives selected by the chairs of the various academic units in the university that offer programs leading to initial teacher licensure. Those programs are:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Business Education
  • Chemistry/Physics/Earth Science
  • Secondary Education
  • English/Language Arts/Journalism
  • Foreign Languages
  • Mathematics
  • Instrumental/Vocal Music
  • Physical Education/Health
  • Psychology
  • Elementary Education
  • Social Science
  • Speech/Theatre

In addition two student representatives, one elementary education and one secondary education, are appointed by the President upon recommendation of Associated Student Government as voting members. Finally, two Emporia USD 253 teachers, one elementary and one secondary, are selected by the Associate Dean as voting members. The length of term for all voting members is one year. Members may be reappointed by mutual consent of the Dean/chair and member.

The Council shall also be composed of ex-officio non-voting representatives as provided below:

  • Dean, The Teachers College
  • Associate Dean, The Teachers College, serving as Executive Secretary of the Council on Teacher Education
  • Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Chair, Department of Elementary Education/Early Childhood/Special Education
  • Chair, Department of School Leadership/Middle and Secondary Teacher Education
  • Director, Office of Field Placement and Licensure
  • Director, Career Services
  • Director, Science and Math Education Center
  • Faculty Representative, School of Library and Information Management
  • Faculty Representative, Department of Counselor Education
  • Licensure Officer
  • Director, Elementary Advising Office
  • Director, Secondary Admissions

The council annually elects from among its voting members a chair who shall preside at all meetings and cooperate with the Executive Secretary in the preparation of meeting agendas.

The council is responsible for providing leadership in the conduct of undergraduate teacher education at Emporia State University by advising and assisting the Dean of The Teachers College with the following specific functions:

  1. Designing and maintaining undergraduate programs of teacher education in elementary and secondary education within guidelines and standards established by recognized accrediting agencies and learned societies.
  2. Formulating and executing appropriate goals, standards, requirements, policies, and procedures for conducting undergraduate teacher education programs.
  3. Administering and coordinating the programs systematically.
  4. Designing and conducting systematic and reliable procedures for evaluating the programs and the Unit.
  5. Utilizing evaluation information for program and Unit improvement.
  6. Planning and executing appropriate strategies for staff development.

The council meets monthly during the academic year and will be subject to call for special meetings at the discretion of the Dean of The Teachers College and the chair of the council. All meetings shall be conducted under standard rules of order.

All formal actions of the council are considered recommendations to the Dean of The Teachers College.