COPE Bylaws

BYLAWS OF THE COUNCIL ON PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT SPRINGFIELD

I.   NAME

The name of this assembly shall be The Council on Teacher Education, The University of Illinois at Springfield.  The Council on Teacher Education will hereby be known locally as the Council on Professional Education.

II.  PURPOSE AND AUTHORITY

The University of Illinois Statutes require each campus to establish a council on Teacher Education.  The council has a voice in the formulation and approval of those curricula that lead to state certification, licensure, or similar designation required for employment as a public school administrator, teacher, or counselor.

As stated in the University of Illinois Statutes, Article VII, Section 3b, “The duties of the council are to formulate policies and programs of student selection, retention, guidance and preparation, and placement in clinical settings at elementary and secondary schools in conformity with educational policies established by the campus senate.”

The University of Illinois Statutes, Article VII, Section 3e, require that “All curricula in teacher education shall be approved by the area-of-specialization committee, by the departments, by the respective colleges offering the curricula, by the appropriate Council on Teacher Education, and by the respective senates.”  The Council on Professional Education has the following goals:

  1. To facilitate communication among stakeholders in public school professional personnel programs at the University of Illinois at Springfield.  These stakeholders include faculty in the various programs and colleges that prepare public school personnel, as well as students and practitioners in those programs.
  2. To facilitate communication between the University of Illinois at Springfield and the state agency or agencies responsible for approving programs for the preparation of Pre K-12 school personnel.
  3. To formulate and approve curricula for students in programs that lead to state approved licenses, certificates, or similar designations for public school personnel.
  4. To formulate and approve student selection, retention, guidance and placement policies for those students.

The Council on Professional Education shall meet at least once per semester.  If there are no agenda items or no items requiring a vote, discussion, or other action requiring face-to-face attendance, meetings may be conducted electronically, with the exception that a minimum of one (1) meeting per academic year is conducted face-to-face.

Ill. MEMBERSHIP OF COUNCIL

In accordance with the University of Illinois Statutes, Article VII, Section 3a, the Council on Professional Education shall consist of designees of the deans of those colleges that are substantially involved in the preparation of elementary and secondary school personnel. Currently, these colleges consist of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Services.  The deans of those colleges will appoint the following members of the Council:

The dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences shall appoint five faculty members of the Council, one representing each of the following disciplines: science, mathematics, history/social studies, English and psychology.

The dean of the College of Education and Human Services shall appoint five faculty members of the Council from the following areas: two from educational leadership, one from human development counseling, two from teacher education, normally not from the same discipline.

The deans shall agree on the need for and may appoint three additional, at-large deans’ representatives, two from among the campus faculty and one school practitioner.

In accordance with the University of Illinois Statutes, Article VII, Section 3a, “The chair of the council shall be named by the campus chancellor.”

IV. ORGANIZATION OF AREA-OF-SPECIALIZATION COMMITTEES

The membership of the Council on Professional Education is defined above.  The Council on Professional Education shall appoint the following area-of-specialization committees, with representation from faculty, practitioners, and students as noted (Council members may also be members of the area-of-specialization committees):

Educational Leadership Area Committee (6}:

  • Educational Leadership faculty (3)
  • Practitioners (e.g., school administrators) (2)
  • Educational Leadership student (1)

Teacher Education Area Committee (8):

  • Teacher education faculty (2)
  • LAS faculty (3), one from Psychology, one from science or math, and one from history or English
  • Practitioners (2)
  • Teacher education student (1)

School Counselor Area Committee (5):

  • LAS Faculty from Psychology (1)
  • HDC Faculty (1)
  • Practitioners (e.g., school counselors) (2)
  • HDC student (1)

The area committees shall have such responsibilities and authority granted them by the University of Illinois Statutes as the responsibility “for the improvement of their respective … curricula, counseling procedures in their area, and other activities related thereto.”  In addressing those responsibilities, each area committee “shall recommend action to the council” (Article VII, Section 3c).

The area committees shall meet at least once per year by the end of the eighth week of the Spring Semester.  Composition of the specialization committees will be selected by a designee chosen from the appointed Council Chair.

V.  AMENDMENT AND REVISION

Amendments to these Bylaws may be made at any meeting of the Council on Professional Education by two-thirds vote of the present voting members or by two-thirds vote of all voting members via an electronic vote, provided that a notice and agenda have been circulated prior to the meeting.  Proposals for amendments may be made by any voting member of the Council on Professional Education.  Proposals for amendments to these Bylaws may be voted on provided that a quorum (greater than 50% of the voting members) is present.

Revised November 21, 2019