School of EducationEducator Preparation Program Committee Descriptions and Functions




Educator Preparation Council

The Educator Preparation Council serves as the governance unit for the EducatorPreparation Program at Southern Nazarene University. All policy, program and assessment decisions affecting the Southern Nazarene University EducatorPreparation Program are made by this organization. Membership includes EducatorPreparation Departmental faculty (School of Education), Educator PreparationProgram specific faculty (P-12 Program Areas), SNU Administration, and P-12community/stakeholder representatives (teachers and administrators). TheEducator Preparation Council meets twice during both fall and spring semesters.

Educator Preparation P-12 Advisory Group

The Educator Preparation P-12 Advisory Group is an accountability, advisory and assessment focused group of individuals representing P-12 community members/stakeholders. This committee regularly evaluates program effectiveness, reviews data and assessment practices and policies, and makes recommendations for program improvement to the Educator Preparation Council. The EducatorPreparation Council will make all final decisions regarding recommendations from the P-12 Advisory Group. All correspondence and communication with the P-12Advisory Group is delivered through electronic formats.

Educator Preparation Bias Review Committee

The Educator Preparation Bias Review Committee is responsible for regularly reviewing all School of Education documents, forms, data collection methods, policies and publications for accuracy, bias and fairness based on specific criteria. The BiasReview Committee is comprised of individual faculty and staff representatives from outside the SNU School of Education, and also includes local community and P-12stakeholder representation. School of Education information for review will be sent to individual Bias Review Committee members at least once per academic year for individual review. The Bias Review Committee will then make recommendations to the Educator Preparation Council for consideration. The Educator PreparationCouncil (the School of Education governance committee) will make final decisions regarding recommendations of the Bias Review Committee. All correspondence and communication with the Bias Review Committee is delivered through electronic formats.

Educator Preparation Teacher Candidate Advisory Committee

The Teacher Candidate Advisory Committee consists of students (teacher candidates) representing every P-12 area of emphasis/major in the SNU teacher education program, both graduate and undergraduate. Through their representatives on this committee, all teacher candidates in the SNU EducatorPreparation Program have the opportunity to formally express concerns/feedback/suggestions regarding the programs and policies of the EducatorPreparation Program at Southern Nazarene University. Any program and/or policy recommendations by the Teacher Candidate Advisory Committee will be submitted to the Educator Preparation Council for consideration and/or any final decisions.The Teacher Candidate Advisory Committee meets twice during the academic year(or as needed when concerns/feedback/suggestions are submitted).

Educator Preparation Program Admissions Committee

The Southern Nazarene University Educator Preparation Program AdmissionsCommittee is a group comprised of Educator Preparation Program faculty, GeneralEducation (Arts and Sciences) faculty, P-12 program specific faculty and P-12community/stakeholders representation. The Admissions Committee is also responsible for conducting Educator Preparation Program admissions interviews in the fall and spring semesters of each academic year, and as needed for individual teacher candidates required to repeat interviews.

Based on established criteria and requirements for admission to the SNU Educator Preparation Program, the Admissions Committee will make recommendations to theDirector of Educator Preparation and the Educator Preparation Council for admission of teacher candidates to the program. Admissions Committee members conduct interviews of candidates based on the following areas based on specificInTASC Standards, as well as the SNU Teacher Candidate Characteristics ofEffective Teaching. The Admissions Committee also follows the established requirements (coursework, GPA, OGET, etc.) for recommending admission of teacher candidates to the program. Interviews are conducted utilizing the SNUEducator Preparation Program Interview Rubric and are scored using UNACCEPTABLE, ACCEPTABLE, and TARGET indicators for each of the areas of evaluation.

Educator Preparation Program Curriculum Committee

The Educator Preparation Program Curriculum Committee at Southern NazareneUniversity is responsible for oversight of the SNU Reading Resource Center, the professional education collection at the Learning Resources Center, and for reviewing professional education syllabi and coursework reference material. It is also responsible for monitoring and updating bibliography and resources for theConceptual Framework for SNU Educator Preparation. The Curriculum Committee

also provides direction and oversight for the Teacher Candidate Resource Centerlocated in the School of Education. Membership on the Educator PreparationProgram Curriculum Committee includes SNU Educator Preparation Faculty, SNULibrary Staff Member, a member of the P-12 community/stakeholders, and thestudent assistant in the SNU Reading Resource Center who is also a teachercandidate (admitted to SNU Educator Preparation Program). The CurriculumCommittee meets twice during the academic year.

Educator Preparation Program Diversity Committee

The Educator Preparation Program Diversity Committee at Southern NazareneUniversity consists of SNU campus community members, professional community(stakeholders) members, P-12 community and representatives of both current teacher candidates and graduates of the SNU Educator Preparation Program.Through the Diversity Committee, feedback, recommendations and input are provided to the Educator Preparation Council regarding diversity issues and aspects related to the SNU Educator Preparation Program. The Diversity Committee also participates in panel discussions in both fall and spring semesters in the DiversitySeminar (ED 4710) for student teachers and assists in providing information and participating in discussions and special presentations within individual courses in the Educator Preparation Program. The Diversity Committee is also responsible for monitoring all diversity aspects embedded in all coursework in the EducatorPreparation Program. Program recommendations from the Diversity Committee will be submitted to the Educator Preparation Council for consideration. TheDiversity Committee meets twice during the academic year.

Educator Preparation Program Assessment Committee

The Educator Preparation Assessment Committee is responsible for reviewing current Educator Preparation Program data, assessments, rubrics and assessment policies, and will regularly review all program assessments for validity and reliability based on specific criteria and methods. The Assessment Committee meets twice during the academic year during the fall and spring semesters and also other communicates as needed via electronic formats. The Assessment Committee consists of Educator Preparation Faculty, Educator Preparation Assessment/DataCoordinator, SNU Mathematics Faculty, SNU Statistics Faculty, additional SNUFaculty Members, members of the P-12 Community, and a teacher candidate in theEducator Preparation Program. Based on the aforementioned reviews, committee will make recommendations for program adjustments, changes, and data-driven decisions to the Educator Preparation Council. The Educator Preparation Council will make final decisions re: adoption and/or implementation of any recommendation by the Assessment Committee.

Educator Preparation Program Technology Committee

The Educator Preparation Technology Committee is responsible for oversight of all educational and instructional functions, program, equipment, software and curriculum and technological functions related to instructional and educational technology and program operations in the Educator Preparation Program.Committee will be responsible for recommending updates and upgrades to program technology to the Educator Preparation Council. The Educator Preparation Council will review all equipment related (new, upgrade, updates) recommendations by theTechnology Committee and as funds are available, will approve technological improvements. The Technology Committee will also make recommendations for curriculum changes and will review all technology aspects embedded in all coursework in the Educator Preparation Program. Curricular recommendations from the Technology Committee will also be presented to the Educator PreparationCouncil for consideration. Members of the Technology Committee consist ofEducator Preparation Faculty Member/Coordinator of Educational and InstructionalTechnology, an additional Educator Preparation Faculty Member, a representative from SNU Institutional Technology staff, a Computer Science/Network EngineeringFaculty Member, a P-12 Technology/STEM Instructor, and a teacher candidate in the Educator Preparation Program. The Technology Committee meets twice during the academic year.