2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog

School of Education

Dean—Mark Lamb
Associate Dean—Brian Reinhard
Associate Professors—Lisa Amundson, Karlene Johnson, Mark Lamb, Kathryn Taylor
Assistant Professor—Larissa Malone, Vanda Underwood

Greenville College has served the needs of new teachers since 1929. This legacy continues today as we prepare teacher candidates to meet the demands of teaching in the 21st century. In keeping with the institutional mission, the program theme notes that Greenville College is “preparing teachers to serve in a culturally diverse world.” The theme both informs and guides the structure and delivery of program opportunities. It is manifested in our goal to help future teachers to reflect critically on the process of teaching, their relationships to students, and the role of education in a pluralistic society.

The program of teacher education includes a planned sequence of courses in professional preparation for teaching. The coursework includes field and clinical assignments within public or accredited private schools to provide candidates with a balance of theoretical and practical experiences. Students interested in Teacher Education should enroll in EDUC 101: Introduction to Educational Practice no later than the Interterm of the freshman year.

Admission Requirements

Students wanting to major in education must be admitted to the teacher education program. An application should be submitted upon successful completion of EDUC 101.

Admission is contingent upon:
1. successful completion of EDUC 101 – a grade of “C” or higher constitutes successful completion,
2. attaining a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in cumulative institutional coursework and in the professional studies core,
3. a grade of “C” or higher in all coursework required for licensure including transfer credit
4. receipt of passing scores on all areas of the Test of Academic Proficiency (TAP). In lieu of the TAP test, the ACT plus Writing and SAT test results may be used. See the Guide to Teacher Education for details.
5. receipt of completed admissions checklist,
6. receipt of a favorable criminal background check (Illinois State Police), and
7. approval by the Committee on Teacher Education (COTE).

Once all requirements listed above are verified and compiled by School of Education, students’ files will be presented to the Committee on Teacher Education (COTE) for admissions consideration. Notification will be mailed to students of their acceptance by COTE. All students must be admitted by COTE to the program before they begin upper division EDUC coursework.

Candidates admitted to the professional internship (student teaching) must complete EDUC 400 Early Experience and the appropriate clinical methods course prior to student teaching. Student teachers are placed with qualified cooperating teachers and follow the schedule of the designated school district for the duration of the experience. At least three weeks of full teaching responsibility are assigned for each student teacher. College consultants serve as liaisons for the College and supervisors of the experience.

The education program is accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education, which participates in an interstate licensure agreement with 37 other states and the District of Columbia. In 2014, Greenville College received accreditation under the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC) standards. Institutional memberships include the American and Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, the Illinois Association of Colleges for Teacher Education in Private Colleges, the American and Illinois Association for School, College and University Staffing, and the Association of Christian Schools International.

Teacher candidates may complete requirements for any of the eleven licensable areas offered by Greenville College. Requirements for all teaching majors are detailed in the Traditional Undergraduate Guide to Teacher Education, which is available in the School of Education Office. The following pages list requirements for elementary education, secondary education majors, and special education. To meet the requirements for state licensure, the number of major credits a student in our education programs must complete vary. Occasionally there are instances, when a student may need to substitute or be granted a waiver for a course due to time conflicts in the schedule or because a course is not offered every term.

All advisors of education majors have the authority to either substitute or waive up to six credits of general education courses due to scheduling conflicts so as to enable students with a single major, including transfer students, to complete the teacher education program in a timely fashion (four years or two years in the case of transfer students who enter with over 65 credits of transfer coursework). The Dean of the School of Education will approve each request to ensure that all possible substitutions and scheduling options have been explored.

Courses that cannot be waived or substituted include COMM 101 Speech Communication, ENGL 105 Research and Writing, PHED 101 Wellness: Basic Concepts, PHED 102 Wellness: Physical Fitness, or any Christian Foundations/CORE course.

Undergraduate Teacher Education Course Location Policy

After a student begins a program (whether traditional or UTEP), the student needs to consult with their advisor on all matters of scheduling. If it becomes necessary due to extenuating circumstances to take a course from the other program, a student (only with the signature and advice of the advisor) may take no more than two courses from the opposite program to be applied toward the graduation requirements of their program. Christian Foundations/CORE requirements from one program may not be applied toward the graduation requirements of another program. If a student wants to graduate from UTEP, the student must meet the CORE requirements for the UTEP program. If a student wants to graduate from the traditional program the student must meet the Christian Foundations requirements for the traditional program. All matters of scheduling must be approved by the student’s advisor.

Professional Internship Cancellation Policy

Applications for the Professional Internship (Student Teaching) must be received by the dates set by the Director of Clinical Practice. Typically, this is two semesters prior to student teaching. If a student rescinds their application necessitating the cancellation of a student teaching placement during the semester prior to their student teaching semester, the following fees will apply according to the date of withdraw.

Cancellation by:
February 1 or September 1--No Fee
March 31 or October 31--$250
After April 1 or November 1--$600

The cancellation fee may be waived for emergency situations that will be decided on a case by case basis by petition to the Director of Clinical Practice.