SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
STRATEGIC PLAN, 2011-2016
A. Mission Statement for the Unit
SCHOOL OF EDUCATION MISSION
The School of Education, in support of the mission of Campbellsville University,
prepares teachers for their respective fields in society by providing an academic
infrastructure based on scholarship, service and Christian leadership. The primary aim of
the program is to advance scholars who are competent, caring and qualified educators,
who can positively impact student learning and who are committed to life-long learning
in a global society.
The educator preparation program strives to achieve this mission globally by
preparing educators who demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions to
plan, implement and evaluate instruction through information technology,
honoring, understanding and respecting diverse voices and communities in
establishing partnerships and collaborating with the professional community,
supporting and enhancing Christian characteristics of servant leadership.
B. Unit Program Goals (5 yrs.)
Implement NCATE work plan.
Rationale: The next NCATE visit is fall 2012. All teacher certification programs
offered must be re-submitted to the Standards Board. Program submission and major
unit and campus-wide activities follow.
(a) submit programs for state review, 2011
(b) continue unit self-study committee meetings
(c) participate in NCATE annual orientation meeting
(d) form campus-wide committees for external review and initial
development of Institutional Report
(e) conduct campus-wide faculty and staff meetings
(f) prepare organizational materials for on-site visit
Develop additional certification programs.
Rationale: With a new facility, space will be available to continue expansion of
program offerings. Following are potential new programs:
a. FMD (Functional Mental Disability)
b. Business Education
c. Guidance Counselor
d. Other Endorsements
e. Master of Arts in Teaching
f. Masters in Early Childhood Education
Identify programs for expansion to regional sites.
Rationale: With the addition of the Hodgenville site, decisions need to be made as to
which education programs will be added there and at existing regional sites such as
a. Appoint unit-based committee to review regional needs, in collaboration
with Office of Regional Education
b. Determine programs to be offered at regional sites and a timeline for
Implement Unit Diversity Plan
Add minority faculty in regular and special education programs.
Rationale: The unit received an “Area for Improvement” from the national
NCATE team regarding need to increase minority faculty to insure student
interactions with a diverse faculty, particularly in the special education program.
Activities: (a) identify a pool of minority applicants;
(b) hire minorities when vacancies occur;
(c) add minority adjunct faculty in online program.
Implement strategies for recruitment of students, particularly minorities, into
education programs targeted as critical teacher shortage areas.
Rationale: Currently, there are few minorities in the traditional teacher
preparation programs creating need to increase student interactions with diverse
Activities: (a) implement recommendations of NCATE Standard 4 committee
(b) continue implementation FEA Summer Camp programs
Build on relationships with P-12 schools and education agencies to continue and
establish collaborative professional development initiatives.
Rationale: Effective teacher preparation programs include partnerships and
meaningful collaborative efforts between the university and school districts.
Activities: (a) advertise professional development programs schools developed by
(b) provide technical assistance as needed/requested;
(c) work with area schools in developing and offering professional
development programs for Educational Instructional Leadership Act
(d) work with practitioners to transition evaluation of clinical experience
(student teaching) to a graded system
Expand technology applications in programs and instruction.
Rationale: One of the KY Teacher Standards concerns effective use of technology in
the classroom. Need exists for increasing individual and unit applications.
Activities: (a) introduce e-portfolio for the culminating program assessment (CAP 4)
(b) offer trainings for small faculty groups on specific technology
(c) develop additional online courses where needed/appropriate
C. Unit Program Objectives for 2011-2012
Revise evaluation of student teaching program to a graded system
a. secure input from area practitioners
b. collaborate with faculty to determine class assignments/assessment that
comprise the system
c. determine grading scale
Implement electronic portfolio using CU-selected software program.
a. participate in campus-wide sessions where various software programs
b. determine application in unit’s portfolio development plan
Continue development of two new programs in education administration: (a)
principalship and (b) instructional supervision.
Continue implementation of NCATE work plan.
a. next NCATE visit is fall 2012
b. continue unit self-study using revised NCATE standards
c. participate in NCATE orientation conference
d. continue revision of program submissions in all teacher certification areas
Deliver professional development programs developed by unit faculty among
regional P-12 schools.
a. visit schools to provide information about programs
b. follow-up with local professional development coordinators and principals
to insure that advertisements have been received and shared, especially
among partner schools.
c. deliver programs
d. schedule a campus-based professional development day, inviting area P-
12 educators with focus on working with diverse populations
Grow education programs at satellite sites.
a. Add Teacher Leader MAE at Louisville site.
b. Advertise Teacher Leader MAE and MASE.
c. Continue CDA cohorts and ECE/IECE programs
d. Hire adjunct faculty as needed
Implement 5th year of new $2.8 million Transition to Teaching grant program in
a. assist regional mentors in preparing and delivering state-wide regional
trainings of eligible MASE candidates
b. work collaboratively with the Kentucky Department of Education and
participating school districts in recruitment and professional development
activities, including implementation of SB 1 initiatives.
c. Implement articulation agreement with KCTCS for undergraduate students
d. conduct advisory council and professional development committee
Implement selected strategies from Unit Diversity Plan
a. Increase student experiences in diverse settings by providing field experience
in inner-city or highly diverse schools (e.g., ED 300 field trips).
b. Secure diverse faculty members when faculty and staff positions become
c. Invite diverse graduates/faculty to speak in classes and conduct PPDs.
D. Major Changes in Program Content
1. Growth of programs at satellite sites may require addition of instructional
resources that site.
2. Addition of education administration programs will be a significant change in
program offerings and may impact enrollment in rank 1 programs.
3. Addition of electronic portfolio may result in technology fee for students.
E. New Resource Requirements
Personnel: (1) Adjunct faculty, as needed.
(2) Consideration will have to be given on how full-time faculty will be
assigned to regional sites (or hired at those sites).
Equipment & Materials: Additional curriculum materials may be needed at regional
F. Planned Interactions
The School of Education has an on-going partnership with the School of Music and the
College of Arts and Sciences. Due to state and NCATE requirements, it is essential that
we interact regularly regarding the programs that are shared between us. Also, meetings
are schedules monthly with the Teacher Education Committee that is comprised of
representatives from all departments. Additionally, several advisory committees include
P-12 representation – Teacher Education Advisory Council; KY Alternative Certification
in Special Education Advisory Council; KACSE Professional Development Committee.
These groups provide valuable input for program development for area educators.