Submitted Fall, 2005
Recommendations for Program Renewal/Improvement
Overview: Efficiency and productivity-wise, the cohort delivery model for the MAED: Curriculum and Instruction program has been a major success for the TE Department. As recently as 1999, the CI Masters Degree Program was “virtually extinct;” less than 10 students had taken one or more classes in the previous two years. Since 1999, when the first CI cohort was established, nearly 150 teachers have earned a MAED: Curriculum and Instruction. Equally impressive is a retention rate that has consistently exceeded 90%; truly, the teachers who “begin with a cohort finish with the cohort.” The feedback provided by graduates has been similarly positive; participants have consistently given the CI cohort model rave reviews. Some aspects of the data presented in this report reinforce the power of the CI cohort experience. Majors accomplishments notably include enhanced technology skills and enhanced instructional skills. Of the 10 Desired Outcomes for Graduates that guide all COE Programs, the CI Program seems especially adept at accomplishing growth in Desired Outcomes #2, #3, and #4. These same expectations are reflected in Department Graduate Program Objectives #2 and #3 and CI Program-specific Objectives #2 and #3.
At the same time, the implementation of this NCA assessment plan also provides valuable data that should directly lead to continued improvement of the MAED: CI Program. On the basis of the direct and indirect data that has been gathered and presented previously in this report, the following recommendations are presented:
- The Department will consider / adopt strategies which more effectively teach/instill the 10 Desired Outcomes for Graduates throughout the Curriculum and Instruction Program.
- In the COE, these 10 Outcomes are the backbone for assessment.
- One probable step will to study the degree to which the Department Graduate Program Objectives and the CI – specific Objectives are aligned with, and supportive, of the Desired Outcomes.
- The Department will consider / adopt strategies designed to bolster the “democracy” component of the program vision.
- This recommendation is consistent with a previously declared Department desire to more effectively infuse the agenda of the National Network for Educational Renewal throughout all graduate programs (A part of the Department response to our Spring 2005 Academic Program Review)
- The roles and purposes for schools/schooling in America is a theme that is central to the NNER Agenda.
- We are exploring the possibility of requiring TE 819P: Teacher Development Training in Service Learning. TE 819P would be provide an excellent democracy extension for the grounding that is provided in TE 803: Philosophy of Education
- The Department will consider curriculum renewals that might more effectively promote / foster student understanding of issue relating to diversity and democracy.
- The Department will consider how and when we are infusing NDE and Professional Curriculum Standards into the CI Program.
The Department will examine the research tools sequence. This sequence is currently a two semester experience that results in the writing of action research projects.