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2011 upcea-stone

  1. 1. The Adult Learner and Professional Certification: Comparing and Contrasting Two Different Approaches from Maryland and Indiana Theodore Stone, Ph.D. Professor and Director, Field and Clinical Experiences
  2. 2. Goals for this section <ul><li>Background and history of UMUC’s anytime-anywhere approach for adult learners </li></ul><ul><li>Certification requirements for Teacher Education in Maryland </li></ul><ul><li>How we designed the MAT program with respect to both </li></ul>
  3. 3. About UMUC <ul><li>Founded in 1947 </li></ul><ul><li>One of 11 degree-granting institutions of the University System of Maryland </li></ul><ul><li>Serving primarily adult and part-time students </li></ul><ul><li>More than 86,000 students and 3,300 faculty worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>More than 160 on-site locations worldwide </li></ul>
  4. 4. Serving the U.S. military <ul><li>UMUC-Europe: Headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Classes offered at more than 100 locations in 21 countries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>UMUC-Asia: Headquarters in Yokota, Japan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Classes offered at 50 locations throughout Asia and the Pacific </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Distance Education <ul><li>Nearly 40 years in distance education (instructional television, voicemail, online) </li></ul><ul><li>All 23 master’s and 30 bachelor’s degree programs available fully online </li></ul><ul><li>Almost 700 discrete courses available online </li></ul><ul><li>65 graduate and undergraduate certificate programs available online </li></ul><ul><li>More than 196,000 online enrollments in FY09 </li></ul>
  6. 6. Reinventing the MAT <ul><li>In 2008, began the redesign of the Master of Arts in Teaching degree (MAT) at UMUC </li></ul><ul><ul><li>36-credit graduate degree for initial certification as a public school classroom teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>requires baccalaureate in subject area (biology, chemistry, computer science, earth/space science, English, history, mathematics, physics, or social studies) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. High standards for redesign <ul><li>Remaining true to principles of adult learning </li></ul><ul><li>Fulfilling UMUC’s vision of anytime-anywhere learning </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting state requirements for certification of teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Meeting national standard for teacher education </li></ul><ul><li>Combining these standards with a clinical model for teacher education </li></ul>
  8. 8. Adult learning principles <ul><li>A 2007 U.S. DOL report estimated that adult learners over the age of 24 comprise about 44% of the U.S. postsecondary students </li></ul><ul><li>Barriers to adult learners at most universities because of the adult learners' need for </li></ul><ul><ul><li>focusing on careers, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>their family responsibilities, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the scheduling of courses, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>the need to travel to far-away campus to attend classes, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and the cost to attend courses. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. State, national and university standards <ul><li>Teacher education program at UMUC designed to meet several standards </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maryland Higher Education Commission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Maryland State Department of Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content-area-specific national standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internal UMUC standards for student success, outcomes and retention </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. The clinical model in education <ul><li>In Nov. 2010, blue-ribbon NCATE panel called for clinical practice to be center of teacher preparations </li></ul><ul><li>Eight states have committed to the clinical model -- CA, CO, LA, MD, NY, OH, OR, and TN </li></ul>
  11. 11. MAT program challenge <ul><li>How to redesign the program to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support the adult learner through anytime-anywhere learning opportunities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rationally sequence the program progression for the busy working adult </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Meet state and national standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reinvent the program as inherently a clinically-based program in an online setting </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Reinventing the MAT program <ul><li>Reconfigured 36-credit program (mostly 3-credit courses) into 30-credit program of five 6-credit courses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology course now incorporated throughout program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Final 15-week internship redefined from 9 to 6 credits </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Field experiences embedded in each online course </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Field and clinical experiences <ul><li>Courses are online, but teacher candidates must be prepared for 3-5 days of field experiences in each semester </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher candidates identify schools in their community for field experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Overseas students coordinate with DoD schools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Final internship requires fulltime 15-week commitment </li></ul>
  14. 14. Leveraging technology <ul><li>Some field experiences combine virtual experiences with live classrooms </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Watch online a master class followed by live discussion with teacher </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Online tutoring with students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of Skype, Wimba web conferencing for field supervision </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Scaffolding support <ul><li>Created office for Out of State & Student Success Initiatives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support and guidance for field placements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fingerprinting and background checks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support for testing and certification (PRAXIS) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Coordination certification requirements in other states </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Questions?