Nov 17, 2018  
Undergraduate Day Catalog - 2018-2019 
    
Undergraduate Day Catalog - 2018-2019

Education


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Faculty

Professor

  • Cheryl Serrano, Ph.D., ESOL Coordinator

Associate Professors

  • Marcia Bedasse, Ed.D.
  • Timothy Ladd, Ed.D., Department Chair
  • Chelly Templeton, Ed.D.
  • Ann Yanchura, Ed.D.

Mission

The mission of the Department of Education is to prepare highly competent pre-service elementary, secondary, and all-level (K-12 Physical Education, Art, and Music) teachers for diverse classrooms through academic and clinical experiences. The education department of Palm Beach Atlantic University is committed to the integration of faith into the curriculum. PBA provides an education that values scholarship, discipleship, servant-leadership, and stewardship. As a Christian university, Palm Beach Atlantic University emphasizes the highest level of moral and ethical standards.

Teacher Education Program

The Dean of the School of Education and Behavioral Studies provides leadership and is responsible for maintaining a strong teacher preparation program. The Dean, who relates the state's teacher education guidelines to the academic program of the university, assists faculty in developing curricula.

As new laws related to teacher preparation are passed by Florida state legislators, the School of Education and Behavioral Studies gives careful attention to the necessary program changes.  Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) requirements supersede any stated requirements in the Palm Beach Atlantic University catalog.

The objectives of the program are:

  • To provide an environment and the tools to develop godly character and pursue academic excellence and personal integrity in all areas;
  • To provide a foundation in the liberal arts that develops the competencies of a free individual capable of rational independent judgment;
  • To provide a framework of professional attitudes, skills, knowledge, and understanding necessary to enable the pre-professional to develop into a highly competent teacher and;
  • To provide the teacher candidate with field experiences through Workship, subject-related classroom participation, and student teaching.

The undergraduate education program offers professional preparation leading to a degree and certification in six state approved teacher education programs. The School of Education and Behavioral Studies offers majors in elementary, secondary and all-level education (Art, Music, and Physical Education). Students who are interested in teaching at the secondary level must pursue a major in a subject area in addition to the major or minor in secondary education.

Features of the Teacher Education Program at Palm Beach Atlantic include:

  • Small methods and practicum class sizes (10:1 in methods courses)
  • State certified teacher preparation programs: elementary school, high school, or K-12
  • Two semesters of elementary clinical internship:
    • Residency I in a Palm Beach County Public School
    • Residency II in a Christian, private, or international school
  • Successful history of job placement of graduates
  • Positive reputation in local public and private school systems

State-Approved Programs

Palm Beach Atlantic University offers six teacher preparation programs approved by the Florida State Department of Education. To be eligible for certification, a student must pass three Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (General Knowledge, Professional Education, and Subject Area Exam) and successfully complete student teaching.

Elementary Education

  • Elementary (K-6) with ESOL Endorsement

Secondary Education

  • English (6-12) with ESOL Endorsement
  • Mathematics (6-12)

K-12 Programs

  • Art Education (K-12)
  • Music Education (K-12)
  • Physical Education (K-12)

Each education student in an all-level program has an academic advisor who is a specialist in the respective subject area, as well as an advisor within the education department. Students meet with primary and secondary advisors prior to registering each semester.

Certification for teaching is obtained through the Florida Department of Education after graduation. All elementary education majors and English/secondary education majors receive the state-mandated ESOL endorsement upon completion of the professional ESOL-infused program. Secondary Mathematics and K-12 programs (Art, Music, and Physical Education) meet the Florida Department of Education ESOL requirements upon successful completion of required ESOL courses. Elementary education majors are eligible to apply for the reading endorsement at the time of application for state licensure.

Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) Certification

PBAU requires coursework that leads elementary education, secondary English education, secondary mathematics education, and physical education majors to ACSI licensure eligibility. Elementary education majors who transfer with an AA Degree, art education majors, and music education majors have the option to take additional coursework that leads to ACSI licensure eligibility.

Requirements for Teacher Education Programs

FTCE

Section 1004.04 of Florida Statutes requires that all students pass all three sections of the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) in order to be endorsed as a program completer. During the FTCE registration process, students must request that score reports be sent directly to PBA.The General Knowledge (GK) exam is required for admission to a teacher education program. Additional criteria required at time of application for student teaching include the Professional Education Examination (PED) and the Subject Area Examination (SAE) specific to the major.

FEAPS

Students must demonstrate mastery of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAPS) through required evidences accumulated throughout the program, including student teaching and all critical tasks. Accomplished practices evaluated through rubrics, exams, and observations are documented in the student's electronic portfolio. In order to collect data on the critical tasks, PBA employs LiveText as the electronic portfolio to track progress throughout the program. A LiveText Via membership is required for successful completion of any state approved teacher preparation program. 

Fingerprinting

To be enrolled in courses that require practicum hours, all students must pass fingerprint screening according to procedures identified by the School District of Palm Beach County. Any break in enrollment, with the exception of summer terms, will result in the repetition of the fingerprint screening. All students must have a social security number or other acceptable Palm Beach County School District documentation in order to be fingerprinted. Documentation of fingerprinting and a recent badge must be submitted to the Teacher Education Committee and to instructors of courses with field experience. Fingerprinting fees are the responsibility of the student.

First Screening

Students are admitted to a state-approved teacher education program via a first screening process conducted by the Teacher Education Committee (TEC). After the committee reviews applications, students are invited to participate in first screening interviews which are held twice each semester. When the interview is completed, the committee makes one of the following three decisions: (1) approval, (2) conditional approval, or (3) denial.

Education faculty, in cooperation with the Teacher Education Committee, will review the progress of all students who have been accepted into the program. Ongoing review of applicants occurs by midterm of each semester. A student may be placed on probationary status or removed from the program as a result of unsatisfactory review. Applicants who are denied approval can either reapply the following semester, or meet with an advisor to consider different academic programs.

  1. Meet the following grade point averages at time of application:
    • Overall Coursework: 2.75 GPA
    • General Education: 2.5 GPA
    • Major Coursework: 2.75 GPA
    • Minor: 2.75 GPA
  2. Obtain Palm Beach County School District identification badge.
  3. Submit, at time of application, evidence of passing scores on all sections of the General Knowledge exam.
  4. Demonstrate psychological, emotional, and social stability in addition to a professional and positive attitude. 
  5. Update documentation of Florida Educator Accomplished Practices in electronic portfolio prior to the time of application.
  6. Complete application when all criteria are met.
  7. Schedule meeting with advisor to review and submit first screening packet by the appropriate deadline.
    • Fall Semester:
      • August - third day of the fall semester
      • November 15
    • Spring Semester:
      • January - third day of the spring semester
      • April 15

Second Screening

Students are admitted to student teaching via a second screening process conducted by the Teacher Education Committee. All criteria listed for first screening must be continually demonstrated by students throughout the program. Additional criteria for second screening include passing scores on the Professional Education Examination (PED) and the Subject Area Examination (SAE) specific to the major. These two exams must be passed by either October 15, or March 15 prior to student teaching semester.

Residency I student teaching assignments must be made within the School District of Palm Beach County. Candidates will report to assigned schools on the same day when the district begins its pre-service session. Student teacher candidates are responsible for their own transportation. Candidates who plan to live on campus during student teaching semester(s) must make arrangements with the university's Residence Director for early admittance on campus.

Residency II provides opportunity for elementary education candidates to complete a semester-long internship in a private, Christian and/or International classroom setting. Candidates are expected to present academic content and assessments through the lens of a Christian worldview. Preferred locale is due at time of second screening application. Candiates must meet subsequent Rinker Center for Experiential Learning by September 14 or February 1 deadline. An additional fee will be applied to students who wish to complete Residency II at an international school.

When a Residency I candidate pursues an all-level program (Art, Music, or Physical Education), he/she must select desired level to student teach. When candidates select Exceptional Student Education as an academic minor, the student teaching placement must be at the elementary level because the academic major is Elementary Education (K-6).

  1. Meet the following grade point averages at time of application:
    • Overall coursework: 2.75 GPA
    • General education coursework: 2.50 GPA
    • Major coursework: 3.00 GPA
    • Coursework in second major, as applicable: 3.0 GPA
    • Minor coursework: 2.75 GPA
    • Music education majors only: Pass piano proficiency and recital attendance
  2. Maintain current Palm Beach County School District identification badge.
  3. Attach copy of graduation audit letter which must be requested from registrar at least two semesters prior to student teaching.
  4. Complete all course work, Workship assignments, and chapel credits prior to the time of application for second screening, with the exception of the courses in which the student is enrolled at the time of application. Approval is contingent upon satisfactory completion of courses in which the student is currently enrolled.
  5. Update documentation of Florida Educator Accomplished Practices in electronic portfolio prior to the time of application.
  6. Submit at time of application evidence of passing scores on all sections of the PED and SAE.
  7. Demonstrate psychological, emotional, and social stability in addition to a professional and positive attitude. 
  8. Schedule meeting with advisor to review and submit second screening packet by the appropriate deadline:
    • Spring student teaching: October 15
    • Fall student teaching: March 15

Alternative Program for Non-Degree Seeking Students

Baccalaureate degree holders who do not plan to student teach through Palm Beach Atlantic University may enroll in education courses. Non-degree seeking students are responsible for corresponding directly with the Florida Department of Education in order to identify courses that lead to certification. Students are expected to demonstrate the same professional academic skills and attitudes during field experience as those students who seek certification through PBA's state-approved programs.

Programs

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