Quality Assurance Assessment System and Alignment with Intuitional, State, and National Standards.
The Belhaven School of Education serving as the Educator Preparation Provider (EPP) has developed and maintains a conceptual framework that is integrated throughout the undergraduate and graduate educator preparation programs at both the initial and advanced levels. The EPP Conceptual Framework is the result of collaborative efforts between the faculty, administration, partner schools, and professional education community to reflect the knowledge base, current research, best practices, and state and national standards.
The Conceptual Framework defines six key core values identified from the EPP’s vision and mission and are the foundation for the EPP’s Quality Assurance Assessment System (QAAS). These core values are assessed throughout the program and are continuously evaluated and reviewed by the Undergraduate TEPP Advisory Council and the Graduate Advanced EPP Advisory Council to inform areas for EPP and program improvement.
The School of Education’s Christian worldview distinctive is foundational to the EPP’s six core values. The Christian worldview is to be found and incorporated throughout the six EPP Conceptual Framework core values.
There are six key core values that define the EPP Conceptual Framework:
- Knowledge of Content
- Professional Growth
- Instructional Methods
- Learning Environments
- Professional Disposition
The Undergraduate School of Education Theme
Teacher as Servant Leader – Learning to Teach – Teaching to Serve
The Graduate School of Education Theme
Educator as Servant Leader - Learning to Lead – Leading to Serve
The School of Education's Quality Assurance Assessment System (QAAS)
The EPP has developed the QASS to collect key assessment data at both the Initial and Advanced program levels. That data is analyzed, and evaluated by the Undergraduate TEPP Advisory Council and the Graduate AD-EPP Assessment Committee to assess candidate performance and the EPP’s programs to evaluate and improve all School of Education programs, candidate performance, and the impact student learning.
The QAAS has been developed to assess and is aligned to the following standards:
- University Institutional Values
- The School of Education’s Standards and Conceptual Framework Professional Dispositions
- Mississippi Department of Education (MDE) State Requirements
- The InTASC Model Core Teaching Standards and Learning Progressions for Teachers
- The International Literacy Association (ILA) Standards
- The National Educational Leadership Preparation (NELP) Standards
- The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Providers (CAEP) Standards
The School of Education’s QASS is the means for collecting data and provides information on the success of candidates and the effectiveness of the Initial and Advanced School of Education Educator Preparation Programs. The EPP collects both qualitative and quantitative data to assess candidate performance and make program improvements.
Candidates involved in both the Undergraduate and Graduate School of Education find that all courses address one or more of the key assessments that have been identified and linked to a combination of area and content assessments. The Key Assessments incorporate institutional goals and the EPP Conceptual Framework core values, and all are aligned to state, national, and CAEP educator standards.
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