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Accreditation Committee Decision

Application for Renewal of Accreditation of a Program of Professional Education leading to a Bachelor of Primary Education Studies (Consecutive Program)


Decision of the Accreditation Committee regarding the Consecutive Program of Professional Education for Teachers, with concentrations in the Primary and Junior divisions by the Faculty of Education, Charles Sturt University, Ontario

Introduction

The Faculty of Education at Charles Sturt University, Ontario submitted an application in December 2006 for general accreditation of a program of professional education for the Primary and Junior divisions.

The Accreditation Committee appointed a panel to:

  1. conduct a review of the program
  2. act in an advisory role
  3. report to the Accreditation Committee on its findings, and
  4. make recommendations to the Accreditation Committee with respect to the accreditation of the Faculty of Education, Charles Sturt University, Ontario’s Program of Professional Education.

The panel included two elected members of Council, one of whom was a member of the Accreditation Committee, and one member appointed to the Council by the Lieutenant Governor in Council, a member of the College who was not a member of Council, a person nominated by Charles Sturt University and one person drawn from a roster who had expertise in teacher education programs.

The panel reviewed documentation provided by Charles Sturt University, conducted an on-site review, reviewed artefacts and conducted interviews with various stakeholders.

The on-site visit took place from March 4-9, 2007.

The Accreditation Committee, by virtue of the authority granted under the Ontario College of Teachers Act, 1996 and Section 5 of Regulation 347/02, Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs, set out to determine if the consecutive program of professional education offered by Charles Sturt University, Ontario qualified for accreditation by satisfying the 15 requirements of Regulation 347/02.

The Accreditation Committee considered the final report of the accreditation panel, the response of the Dean of the Faculty of Education, dated May 14, 2007 to the panel’s draft report, and regulatory requirements of Regulation 347/02, Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs, and Regulation 184/97, Teachers’ Qualifications. Based on its review of this information, the Accreditation Committee decides the following.


Accreditation of Programs of Professional Education

Requirement 1

The provider of the program is a permitted institution.

Findings

In a letter dated September 5, 2003 from the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities to the then Dean of the Faculty of Education Charles Sturt University, the Minister indicated intent to grant consent to Charles Sturt University to offer a Bachelor of Primary Education Studies as a university in Ontario. That consent is valid for a period of five years.

Conclusion

Given the decision of the Accreditation Committee stated herein, Requirement 1 is fully satisfied.

Requirement 2

The program has a clearly delineated conceptual framework.

Findings

The conceptual framework is an integration of an authentic school learning environment and the Charles Sturt University, Ontario campus learning environment into a single, interactive learning community. The learning community is expected to challenge associate teachers, faculty and staff as well as teacher candidates, in supportive environments, where everyone in every role can take risks.

Conclusion

Requirement 2 is fully satisfied.

Requirement 3

The program is consistent with and reflects:

  1. the College’s Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession and the Ethical Standards for the Teaching Profession
  2. current research in teacher education, and
  3. the integration of theory and practice in teacher education.

Findings

The committee is satisfied that Standards of Practice for the Teaching Profession and the Ethical Standards of the Teaching Profession shaped the programs overall design including the course work, the practica and assessment practices. The program’s design and content is based on current research. Theory and practice will be integrated across the following four interlocking themes: learner centered, knowledge centered, assessment centered and community centered.

Conclusion

Requirement 3 is fully satisfied.

Requirement 4

The program curriculum is current, references the Ontario curriculum, includes the application of current research in teacher education and represents a wide knowledge base in the divisions and components of the program.

Findings

Documentation, interviews and artefacts provided evidence that the program is current, references the Ontario curriculum, includes the application of current research in teacher education and represents a wide knowledge base in the divisions and components of the program.

For example, the core learning in the six curriculum courses and the four foundations courses demonstrate alignment with the Kindergarten Program and the relevant sections for the primary and junior divisions with the Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1-8.

The course outlines provided evidence that research was integrated into the program. In addition, as part of the quality audits of all Australian public universities, each faculty member must demonstrate the synthesis of teaching and research in every program offered.

Conclusion

Requirement 4 is fully satisfied.

Requirement 5

The course content of the program includes theory, method and foundation courses and makes appropriate provision for the application of theory in practice.

Findings

Documentation, interviews and artefacts provide evidence that the course content of the program includes theory, method and foundation courses and makes appropriate provision for the application of theory in practice.

The Faculty of Education at Charles Sturt University, Ontario does not view theory and practice as separate. By integrating foundations and methods with curriculum and allowing teacher candidates to engage in classroom practice every week, theory and practice are delivered in what they described as “a seamless” manner. Teacher candidates expressed their ability to take theory and use it directly in the practicum placements.

Conclusion

Requirement 5 is fully satisfied.

Requirement 6

The program’s format and structure are appropriate for the course content.

Findings

The documentation and interviews provide evidence that the program’s format and structure are appropriate for the course content. This program’s format and structure are indivisible and reflect an approach designed to ensure that course content incorporates theory into practice.

Conclusion

Requirement 6 is fully satisfied.

Requirement 7

Students are assessed and informed of their progress on an ongoing basis throughout the program.

Findings

In reaching its decision, the Committee considered the following information:

  • teacher candidates are assessed and informed of their progress on an ongoing basis
  • Charles Sturt University, Ontario guidelines and governance protocol require continuous assessment.

As examples, rubrics are used in the assessment of teacher candidates and explained to candidates; it was confirmed that associate teachers and faculty advisors implement assessment processes consistently; course outlines contain detailed information on assessment for all assignments. Submission documents indicate that return dates for assignments shall be no later than 21 days after the due date for the assignment.

Conclusion

Requirement 7 is fully satisfied.

Requirement 8

The program includes a practicum that satisfies the requirements set out Regulation 347/02, Subsection 9. (2). The requirements for the practicum portion of the program are as follows:

  1. The practicum must include observation and practice teaching in an instructional setting in schools or other situations that use the Ontario curriculum or in situations approved by the College.
  2. The practicum must be completed in accordance with the requirements of Ontario Regulation 184/97.
  3. The practicum enables every student to participate in settings related to each division and at least one of the subject areas of the program that are relevant to the student.
  4. An experienced teacher supervises the students and assesses their practicum.
  5. A faculty member is appointed as an advisor for each student.

Findings

The documentation, interviews and artefacts confirmed that the requirements of the Practicum according to Regulation 347/02 Subsection 9 (2) (1-5) were met by the program offered at Charles Sturt University, Ontario.

The submission document states that the practicum must include observation and practice teaching in an instructional setting in schools or other situations that use the Ontario curriculum or in situations approved by the College.

Conclusion

Requirement 8 is fully satisfied.

Requirement 9

Successful completion of the practicum is a requirement for successful completion of the program.

Findings

The documentation and interviews confirmed that successful completion of the practicum is a requirement for successful completion of the program.

Conclusion

Requirement 9 is fully satisfied.

Requirement 10

The teaching method courses in the program are appropriate in relation to the divisions to which they relate.

Findings

In reaching its decision, the Committee found that the documents and interviews validated that the teaching methods courses in the program are appropriate for the Primary and Junior divisions. Required teaching methods courses include:

  • mathematics
  • language and literacy
  • science and technology
  • health and physical education
  • social studies
  • the arts at the primary/junior level.

Conclusion

Requirement 10 is fully satisfied.

Requirement 11

The teaching theory and foundation courses in the program include courses on human development and learning and on the legislation and government policies relating to education.

Findings

In reaching its decision, the Committee found that the program has compulsory foundation courses on human development and learning and on the legislation and government policies relating to the Primary and Junior divisions.

Conclusion

Requirement 11 is fully satisfied.

Requirement 12

The faculty members teaching the program are an appropriate combination of:

  1. persons with appropriate academic qualifications
  2. practitioners with appropriate experience in the field of education, and
  3. persons with appropriate expertise in the divisions and components of the program.

Findings

Documents provided information that there is an appropriate balance of persons with appropriate academic qualifications, practitioners and persons with appropriate expertise in the divisions.

In addition, it was confirmed that the program’s teaching team was comprised of an appropriate mixture of academic researchers with doctorates, consultants, principals and teachers from Halton District School Board.

Evidence also indicated that faculty members have skills and expertise which encompass foundation courses, curriculum areas and teaching divisions.

Conclusion

Requirement 12 is fully satisfied.

Requirement 13

The permitted institution maintains adequate internal controls to preserve the integrity of student records relating to the program.

Findings

The documentation and interviews confirmed that the Faculty of Education at Charles Sturt University, Ontario maintains adequate internal controls to preserve the integrity of teacher candidates’ records relating to the program. The teacher candidates’ records are stored centrally within the SunGard SCT banner student system.

Conclusion

Requirement 13 is fully satisfied.

Requirement 14

The permitted institution is committed to continuous improvement and quality assurance of the program and, if the program is an existing program, has implemented measures demonstrating that commitment.

Findings

The documentation and interviews established that the permitted institution is committed to continuous improvement and quality assurance and has implemented measures demonstrating that commitment.

Conclusion

Requirement 14 is fully satisfied.

Requirement 15

The program has a Teacher Education Advisory Committee (TEAC) or similar body that functions in an advisory or liaison capacity in relation to the program.

Findings

The program has a TEAC with representative stakeholder membership and terms of reference specific to advice and liaison. It meets twice a year with specific agendas and a recorder takes minutes.

Conclusion

Requirement 15 is fully satisfied.


Decision of the Accreditation Committee

For the reasons set out above, the Accreditation Committee finds that the program of professional education delivered in a consecutive mode by the Faculty of Education at Charles Sturt University, Ontario fully satisfies the requirements of Regulation 347/02, Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs, and grants general accreditation for a period of five years (May 31, 2012).

Accreditation Committee
Ontario College of Teachers
May 31, 2007


Amendment to Expiry Date

In accordance with the May 1, 2009 amendment to the accreditation period for programs of professional education in the Accreditation Regulation, the expiry date for this program is amended to May 31, 2014.

Regulation 347/02, Accreditation of Teacher Education Programs
May 1, 2009

Pursuant to Section 15.2(1) of the Accreditation Regulation, the Accreditation Committee granted an extension of accreditation until May 31, 2017 for this program to enable time to implement the new enhanced teacher education program required in September 2015.

Accreditation Committee
Ontario College of Teachers
November 19, 2013


Expiry of Accreditation

The Faculty of Education, Charles Sturt University in Ontario notified the Ontario College of Teachers of its intent to cease to offer the accredited consecutive program leading to a Bachelor of Primary Education Studies program after June 2015. In accordance with subsection 20(4) of the Accreditation Regulation, the Accreditation Committee revoked accreditation of the program effective July 1, 2015.

Accreditation Committee
Ontario College of Teachers
February 11, 2015

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