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Professional Education Council Charges

Committee Charges

The Standing Committees of the Professional Education Council (PEC) consist of the following four committees: (1) Executive Committee, (2) Conceptual Framework, Knowledge Base and Certification Committee, (3) Student Affairs Committee, and (4) Field Experiences Committee.

Ad Hoc committees may be established for specific purposes, but shall have limited tenure within the PEC.

Executive Committee of the PEC

The Executive Committee consists of the Director of Professional Education, the Associate Director of Professional Education and six additional members of the PEC. The members will include: a) the chair of each of the other four (4) standing committees, b) one (1) school administrator or teacher from the PEC, c) one (1) appointed representative from one of the Colleges of: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources; Human Sciences or Arts & Sciences. The members of the Executive Committee shall serve three year staggered and overlapping terms. The Ex Officio members are the Associate Director of Professional Education and the Director of Field Experiences .

The Executive Committee of the PEC is responsible for:

  • planning agenda for the Council meetings,
  • serving as an advisory group to the Director of Professional Education, and
  • performing other duties delegated to it by the Director and/or the Council.

Conceptual Framework, Knowledge Base and Certification Committee

The Conceptual Framework, Knowledge Base and Certification Committee of the PEC is comprised of:

  • three Professional Education Faculty who are voting members in the PEC,
  • one school administrator or teacher from the PEC,
  • one candidate from the PEC, and
  • two faculty/administrators who are either
  • Professional Education faculty or
  • A faculty member or administrator who works with teacher candidates

The seven members of the Conceptual Framework, Knowledge Base and Certification Committee shall serve three year terms which are described as staggered and overlapping terms. The seven members of the PEC who serve on the Conceptual Framework, Knowledge Base and Certification Committee shall be appointed by the Director of Professional Education during the final spring meeting. Other members shall include appropriate Professional Education staff who serve as ex officio member(s).

The Conceptual Framework, Knowledge Base and Certification Committee of the PEC shall have primary responsibility for the Professional Education Unit ensure that the Unit establishes and maintains a professional education program consistent with the requirements of the University, the various accrediting agencies and the state environment. The purpose of the Conceptual Framework, Knowledge Base and Certification Committee shall be to:

  1. Approve procedures for the Program Certification areas, (see Article 8. Program Certification Policy)
  2. Review requirements for certificate programs,
  3. Review and approve course action forms for all courses related to professional education degrees/certifications and if approved by the committee, forward to the PEC with the recommendation to approve
  4. Review and approve proposals for new programs or revision of existing programs and if approved by the committee, forward to the PEC with the recommendation to approve,
  5. Review legislation and national trends in relation to professional education at Oklahoma State University with the intent of communicating theses issues to appropriate persons and groups,
  6. Coordinate a formal review of each certificate program as required by the accrediting agencies, and

Student Affairs Committee

The Student Affairs Committee of the PEC shall have seven members consisting of:

  • three Professional Education Faculty who are voting members in the PEC,
  • one school administrator or teacher from the PEC,
  • one candidate from the PEC, and
  • two faculty/administrators who are either
    • Professional Education faculty or
    • A faculty member or administrator who works with teacher candidates

The seven members of Student Affairs Committee shall serve three year terms which are described as staggered and overlapping terms. The seven members of the PEC who serve on the Student Affairs Committee shall be appointed by the Director of Professional Education during the final spring meeting. Other members shall include appropriate Professional Education staff who serve as ex officio member(s).

The Student Affairs Committee has primary responsibility for the establishment and implementation of policies which relate to ensuring diversity within the teacher candidates, candidate admission to professional education, recruitment and retention of professional education candidates, dispositions of professional education candidates, professional education candidate or candidate appeals, and other relevant topics. The purpose of the Student Affairs Committee shall be to:

  1. Monitor recruitment and retention of qualified and diverse candidates,
  2. Review and approve procedures to meet due process for admission to, retention in, and placement in programs in the Professional Education Unit,
  3. Hear candidate appeals related to Professional Education experiences,
  4. Develop and approve PEU Portfolio policies and procedures,
  5. Review candidate appeals for eligibility to participate in a field experience placement.

Field Experiences Committee

The Field Experiences Committee shall have seven members consisting of:

a) three Professional Education Faculty who are voting members in the PEC,

  • one school administrator or teacher from the PEC,
  • one candidate from the PEC, and
  • two faculty/administrators who are either
    • Professional Education faculty or
    • A faculty member or administrator who works with teacher candidates

The members of the Field Experiences Committee shall serve three year terms which are described as staggered and overlapping term s. The seven members of the PEC who serve on the Field Experiences shall appointed by the Director of Professional Education during the final spring meeting. Other members shall include appropriate Professional Education staff who serve as ex officio member(s).

The purpose of the Field Experiences Committee shall be to:

  1. Establish policy and approve procedures related to candidacy for appropriate field experiences in the programs within the Professional Education Unit.
  2. Review and approve implementation of the policies/procedures related to the candidacy for appropriate field experiences in the Professional Education Unit,
  3. Review appropriate agreements with the participating agencies for clinical and field-based experiences,
  4. Review and approve procedures used to evaluate processes related to
    • candidates,
    • candidate experience(s),
    • appropriateness of field sites, and
    • selection of cooperating teachers/supervisors for field experiences.
  5. Monitor the Residency Year program as a component of various programs within the Professional Education Unit.
  6. Review and approve out-of-area/out-of-state applications for student teaching placements.

Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee of the PEC shall have seven members consisting of:

 

  • Two Professional Education Faculty who are voting members in the PEC
  • One school administrator or teacher from the PEC
  • One candidate from the PEC and
  • Two faculty/administrators who are either
    • Professional Education faculty or
    • A faculty member or administrator who works with teacher candidates
  • One Prospective Student Services Coordinator who works with teacher candidates

The seven members of the Diversity Committee shall serve three year terms which are described as staggered and overlapping terms.  The PEC members of the Diversity Committee shall be appointed by the Director of Professional Education.  Other members shall include appropriate Professional Education staff serving in an ex officio member capacity.

The Diversity Committee has primary responsibility to support candidate preparation to teach in classrooms of increasing diversity. The purpose of the Diversity Committee shall be:

  • To engage in dialogue regarding ways to increase faculty and candidate diversity through recruitment.
  • To examine current programs and promote program changes designed to ensure candidates can contextualize teaching drawing on cultural representations from students’ own cultures and engage all students through instruction, including English language learners and students with exceptionalities.
  • To ensure that the committee’s attention addresses the broadest possible range of diverse groups, including but not limited to gender, socioeconomic status, race/ethnicity, language, exceptionalities, and sex.