USC Upstate School of Education Orientation Spring 2009 WELCOME to USC Upstate and the School of Education! Agenda: Orientation Program • Introduction to the School of Education • Praxis I prep • Opportunities for involvement • Successful student strategies • Course Selection School of Education • Provides leadership in teacher education for the university as a whole and collaborates with area schools and the community. • Works with a variety of departments and offices on the USC Upstate, University Center Greenville, and Sumter campuses. • Works with the State Department of Education to ensure licensure of candidates. • Programs are approved by the South Carolina Department of Education and accredited by National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). School of Education Conceptual Framework • The faculty and candidates of the School of Education: – Value reflective teaching practice. – Value learner centered instruction. – Value performance based assessment. – Are committed to diversity. – Are committed to professional responsibility. School of Education People and Places • School of Education office – 3rd Floor (left) Health Education Complex – Dr. Charles Love, Dean – Dr. Jim Charles, Associate Dean – Dr. Carol Gardner, Student Teaching Director & Field Experiences Coordinator • Curriculum Materials Lab – HEC • Webpage Degree Programs • Art Education (PK-12) • Early Childhood Education (PK-3) • Elementary Education (Grades 2-6) • Middle Level Education (Grades 5-8) • Secondary Education (Grades 9-12) – English/Language Arts, Social Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Spanish, Mathematics • Special Education: Learning Disabilities (K-12) • Physical Education (K-12) Teacher Education Program • The course work includes university and South Carolina State General Professional Education Department of Education Education Requirements Requirements (SCDOE) requirements. 44-50 credit 37-63 credit • Completion of the USC hours hours Upstate Teacher Content Area Education Program leads Requirements to certification for 16-48 credit SCDOE licensure. hours Admission to the Professional Program • English 101 & 102, Speech 201 with a ‘C’ or better • Successful completion of the prerequisites for Mathematics 121: College Algebra • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 • Minimum 60 credit hours earned • Passing scores on the Praxis I or ACT/SAT exemption • Two satisfactory recommendations (one from general faculty, one from School of Education faculty) • Personal affirmation of non-criminal background • Teacher Education Standards of Professional Conduct agreement • And more… see “Student Resources” on SoE page Praxis I: PPST • Take this test soon! • SC State requirement for all Teacher Education students. • Exempt if ACT = 24+ or SAT = 1100+ (new SAT = 1650+) • Praxis I information is on our SoE website: • Tests on reading, writing, and mathematics. • Fees – vary by format • It takes approximately 3-4 weeks for official scores to reach our office. • Computer Based Testing is available. • Resources: Test at a Glance on ETS website; books for checkout from SoE, 1hr. Online course at SCC Opportunities for Involvement • Student Organizations (TEACh) • Tutoring programs/Peer Mentoring • Honors organizations (Kappa Delta Pi) • Campus Child Care Center • Religious Organizations • Coaching/Park & Recreation Programs • Camp Counselor Successful Student Strategies • Make academics your priority. • Develop study skills and time management skills. • Get to know and work with your professors. • When in trouble…talk with your advisor. • Know the resources on campus. Communication • Be sure to check your university email account. All email from the university will be sent to this account. • You can access your account via any internet connection through the USC Upstate website. • If you have trouble with your account, contact ITS Help Desk. Course Selection • FOLLOW YOUR Program of Study (POS)! • Balance!! • Fulfill requirements for applying to the Teacher Education program. • Complete General Education requirements. • Courses required for content area major or minor. (Some may also fulfill General Education requirements.) To Do List… • Take and pass the Praxis I. • Solid academic performance in every class. • Sign up for Advisement each semester! • Get involved!!! • Seek assistance when needed. Questions/Concerns?
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