Institutional SurveyFor Use in Preparing the Institutional Report
Office of Postsecondary Education U.S. Department of Education
Annual Institutional Questionnaire on Teacher Preparation: Academic year: 2007-2008
(A) Number of students in the regular teacher preparation program at your institution:
Please specify the number of students in your teacher preparation program during academic year 2007-2008, including all areas of specialization
(B) Information about supervised student teaching:
(C) Information about state approval or accreditation of teacher preparation programs:
Please use this space to provide any additional information that describes your teacher preparation program(s). You may also attach information to this questionnaire.
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point teacher education programs share the vision that our students will encounter rich, multi-cultural experiences, varied and meaningful opportunities for experimentation within K-12 classrooms, a sound understanding of educational pedagogy and knowledge of the most current views regarding educational practices. Additionally, we nurture our students in becoming reflective practitioners, capable of anticipating future needs and changes within the professional arena and capable of assuming roles of leadership.
Each of our programs has adopted a framework of Wisconsin Teacher Standards that are woven throughout the students’ course of study. These standards include building a solid understanding of content knowledge, understanding diverse needs of students, understanding accommodations to be made in teaching each child, and understanding design and implementation of on-going assessment practices, and possessing a strong knowledge of pedagogical applications. Students graduating from our programs who are recommended for licensure must demonstrate competence in the knowledge, skills and dispositions as related to each of the ten Wisconsin Teacher Standards.
The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point has a 100+ year history in teacher preparation. Teacher certification programs comprise the largest academic interest on campus with the greatest number of teacher certifications in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Exceptional Education, Science Education, Speech Language Pathology, English, English as a Second Language, Physical Education, Family and Consumer Education, Mathematics, Music and Social Studies.
The hub for teacher education programs is the School of Education (SOE), the home of the University’s largest major, elementary education. Elementary education students enter teacher education as juniors, with an average 3.36 grade point, making this the most selective major on campus. Also located in the School are majors in exceptional education and early childhood education as well as teacher certification coursework for all Early Childhood through Adolescent and all Early Adolescent through Adolescent majors. Full time placement in schools for all education fields in 2007-2008 was 60%.
The School sponsors the state’s largest student education organization, Student Wisconsin Education Association, which routinely wins national awards from the National Education Association (NEA), including the single Best Student Chapter in the nation award for seven of the past nine years. In 2005 and 2007, the UWSP Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi was awarded the Academics ACE Award for “Achieving Chapter Excellence,” which is an award given out every other year by the National Chapter of KDP. The School also teaches the largest UWSP graduate program, with over 1,000 teachers enrolled in regular, on-site, or technology-mediated graduate courses.
The School of Education is at the forefront of educational innovation. With grant support of over a $1,000,000, the School has created two projects to support Hmong-American students in pursuing teacher certification and graduate degrees in education. The School houses other innovative programs including: UWSP Site-Based Master’s program and Network for Gifted and Talented. UWSP faculty participate in creative use of distance and Internet for class delivery and service activities. The School has recently developed and been approved to offer an on-line masters program for teachers. A recent survey revealed that over 1,200 K-12 teachers and 6,000 school-aged students were involved in UWSP enrichment programs in any given year.