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Description of Candidates’ Progression Through PASS-PORT

Teacher candidates are students who have been accepted into the unit’s initial teacher certification program. From their admittance to the university through graduation, candidates progress through four transition points, designated as portals. To move from one portal to the next, candidates must maintain a 2.5 GPA; complete and submit required artifacts, field experiences, and professional development activities; and reflect on their learning. Portal 1 includes ACT scores (or equivalent) required by the university and a 2.5 GPA. At Portal 2, students declare teacher education as their major and complete SARTE (Selective Admission and Retention in Teacher Education) requirements which include passing PRAXIS I (PPST).  Portals 2 through 4  require candidates to maintain a 2.5 GPA, and to complete the  (pre) initial PEC (Professional Education Competencies) surveys and record required field experience and professional development activities on PASS-PORT.  Candidates must also attain a “Meets Expectations” rating for the Introductory Portfolio (Portal 2). To pass Portal 3, candidates must achieve passing scores on PRAXIS II tests PLT (Principles of Learning and Teaching) and Content Knowledge (specified tests for each area of concentration).  They also complete the Louisiana Supplemental Standards (LASS) Survey and attain a “Meets Expectations” rating on the Developing Portfolio (Portal 3 Program Progress).  The final key assessment at Portal 3 is the Professional Attributes Scale completed by a methods course faculty member (e.g., EDUC 415 senior-level methods course). Portal 4 documents candidates’ achievements during student teaching or internship. They respond to the (post) PEC surveys and requirements for the Competency Portfolio.  The Professional Attributes Scale is completed by the student teachers’ and interns’ university supervisor.  For Portal 5, graduates complete the SDE/LCET follow-up survey (Louisiana Department of Education LCET data collection) and Southeastern’s employee survey.  Surveys are also distributed to employers (e.g., principals) to assess graduates’ knowledge, skills, and dispositions. Other assessments that inform graduates’ effectiveness are state assessments (e.g., LaTAAP) and school report cards issued by the state.

       Advanced programs are offered by each of the three COEHD departments: Teaching and Learning, Educational Leadership and Technology, and Counseling and Human Development. Advanced programs in the Department of Teaching and Learning are: Early Childhood (PreK-3), Elementary (Grades 1-5), Middle School (Grades 4-8), Secondary, Literacy, English as a Second Language (ESL), Gifted, and Special Education.  Advanced programs in the Department of Educational Leadership and Technology are Educational Leadership, Technology, and Ed.D.  The Department of Counseling and Human Development programs are reported in CACREP, the department’s specialized program association.

       Advanced programs follow a standard set of unit assessments. At Portal 6, applicants qualify for admission to the Graduate School.  Applicants are admitted to the program and complete the first set of unit and program requirements at Portal 7.  From Portal 7 through Portal 9, advanced candidates and graduate coordinator complete and track progress on an individual candidate plan. To move from one portal to the next, candidates must maintain academic standards and fulfill portfolio requirements. Another key assessment at Portals 7-9  is the Professional Attributes Scale that is completed by faculty in the candidate’s program. Candidates respond to the (pre) Advanced PEC surveys at Portal 7 and the (post) Advanced PEC surveys at Portal 9.  Portfolios are completed at Portal 7: Emerging Portfolio, Portal 8: Proficiency Portfolio, and Portal 9: Capstone Portfolio. For each portfolio, a rating of “Meets Expectations” must be attained.  The final unit assessment at Portal 9 is the Final Competency Defense. The type of final assessment varies across programs. Portal 10 requires post-graduate assessments: Exit Survey (Graduate) and Follow-up surveys completed by the graduate/employee and his or her employer.

       The unit assessments that are not addressed in SPA reports or the Standard 1 section of the Institutional Report are: (a) ACT scores in English and Mathematics, which are required for admission to the university; (b) grade point averages (GPAs); and (c) the PRAXIS 1 Pre-professional Skills Tests (PPST).  In the initial certification programs, students must achieve a passing score on the PPST to enroll in professional, education courses. The ACT scores and GPAs are collected by the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment (IRA), and the PRAXIS data are included in the Title II report.




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