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Accreditation

All programs in the Spadoni College of Education are approved by the South Carolina Department of Education, and accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036; phone (202) 466-7496. NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation to accredit programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional school personnel.

Additionally, our subject/content areas are officially recognized by various specialized professional associations (SPAs), listed below:

Programs

Level

Professional Association

Early Childhood Education

Grades PK-3

NAEYC - National Association for the Education of Young Children

Educational Leadership

 

ELCC - Educational Leadership Constituent Council

Elementary Education

Grades 2-6

ACEI - Association for Childhood Education International

Middle Level Education

Grades 5-8

AMLE - Association for Middle Level Education

Physical Education

Grades PK-12

AAHPERD - American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance/NASPE - National Association for Sport and Physical Education

Special Education Learning Disabilities

Grades PK-12

CEC - Council for Exceptional Children

Secondary Education (MAT) English

Grades 9-12

NCTE - National Council of Teachers of English

Secondary Education (MAT) Mathematics

Grades 9-12

NCTM - National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Secondary Education (MAT) Science

Grades 9-12

NSTA - National Science Teachers Association

Secondary Education (MAT) Social Studies

Grades 9-12

NCSS - National Council for the Social Studies

EXAMPLES OF PERFORMANCE OUTCOMES OF EDUCATION CANDIDATES

COASTAL  CAROLINA  UNIVERSITY  (CCU)

Coastal Carolina University (CCU) is a public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, SC, just minutes from Myrtle Beach.  The University offers 65 areas of study toward the baccalaureate degree and seven master’s degree programs.  The University enrolls more than 9,300 students.

WILLIAM  L.  SPADONI  COLLEGE  OF  EDUCATION

The William L. Spadoni College of Education offers five undergraduate education programs (Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Level, Physical Education, and Special Education) and three graduate education programs (Master of Arts in Teaching with concentrations in Art, English Language Arts, Mathematics, Music, General Science, and Social Studies; Master of Education in Learning and Teaching; and Master of Education in Education Leadership).  All programs in the College are approved by the South Carolina Department of Education.  Coastal Carolina University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).  Additionally, all content area programs are nationally recognized by their specialized professional associations (SPAs).

The mission of the College is both to embrace the teacher-scholar model in preparing students to be productive, responsible, reflective practitioners and leaders for professional careers in education; and to embrace a leadership role through collaboration, service, and faculty research with P-12 schools, institutions of higher education, community agencies, and professional associations.

The overarching theme of the Conceptual Framework for all educator preparation programs is “The Educator as Reflective Practitioner.”  The Conceptual Framework reflects our commitment to integrate technology, demonstrate professional behavior and dispositions, engage in reflective practice, work with diverse populations, and apply content and pedagogical knowledge to the teaching and learning process.

CANDIDATE ASSESSMENT AND  PERFORMANCE  OUTCOMES

PRAXIS II Content Exams

All candidates must obtain passing scores on all required PRAXIS II Content Exams for admission to the internship (student teaching).  This requirement helps to ensure that candidates are adequately prepared in the content area prior to beginning the internship.  All of the 188 interns during 2012-2013 passed the PRAXIS II Content Exams before beginning the internship.

PRAXIS II PLT (Principles of Learning and Teaching) Exams

One hundred percent of the program completers in 2012-2013 passed the appropriate PRAXIS II PLT Exam.

Grade Point Average (GPA) at Program Admission

The minimum undergraduate GPA required for admission to each of the five undergraduate education programs is 2.50.  The mean GPA for 123 candidates who were admitted to the programs in Fall 2012 was 3.29. 

The minimum undergraduate GPA required for admission to the Master of Arts in Teaching Program is 2.50.  The mean GPA for 78 candidates who were admitted to the program in Fall 2012 was 3.23. 

Grade Point Average at Program Completion

The minimum undergraduate GPA required for completion of each of the five undergraduate education programs is 2.50.  The mean GPA for 125 candidates who completed the program in 2011-2012 is 3.50. 

The minimum undergraduate GPA required for completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching Program is 3.00.  The mean GPA for 45 candidates who completed the program in 2011-2012 is 3.53. 

ADEPT (Assisting, Developing, and Evaluating Professional Teaching) Evaluations

All graduates of teacher education programs in South Carolina are evaluated during their first year of teaching by a P-12 ADEPT Team using the State’s ADEPT Evaluation, which is based on the State’s 10 ADEPT Performance Standards.  Data are reported to the institutions on the performance of their graduates.  The State’s minimum pass rate for the institution to be in compliance with the ADEPT requirement is 95 percent.  The results for CCU graduates who have gone through the ADEPT evaluation in the past five years are as follows:

  • 2011-2012            95.3%             81 of 85 teachers             
  • 2010-2011            98.5%             66 of 67 teachers
  • 2009-2010            96.2%           102 of 106 teachers
  • 2008-2009            95.7%             89 of 93 teachers
  • 2007-2008            97.7%             84 of 86 teachers