Fall 2020 COPE Meeting
Fall 2020 Meeting
Thursday, August 27, 2020
Voting Members Present: Ermatinger, James; Magoulias, Christie; Cox; Kerry; Klein, Jim; Gray, Ronda; Kessler, Meghan; Stokes, Richard; Lemke, Michael; Shen, Frances; Nielson, Tiffany; Helton, Tina
Guests: Swan, Karen; Gunn, Cathy; Barrett, Nancy; Sepich, Kim; Morris, Rhyann; McCullough, Heather; McCaughan, Ann; Cook, Vickie; Stroyeck, Kathy
Community Members: Day, Dustin; Morrison, Cherrie
I: Welcome – Ermatinger
Meeting called to order at 12:12 pm.
Ermatinger provided a brief synopsis of COPE and its responsibilities in approve curricula for programs that lead to state approved licenses.
II: Meeting Structure and Procedures – Stewart
Stewart provided a brief overview of the meeting structure that would be utilized during the meeting.
III: TEP – Secondary Education Bachelor Programs
Gunn introduced three new bachelor programs for consideration; Secondary Education English, Secondary Education History, and Secondary Education Mathematics. Gunn further explained that the goal of the programs is to increase enrollments and streamline the curricular process for students seeking licensure in these areas of study. Additionally, the programs have been designed due to changes that ISBE is requesting regarding education programs. The new programs will also help identify accurate enrollment numbers for the department.
Stokes suggested that Secondary Physics could and often does overlap with Mathematics. Gunn mentioned that the Department will work with experts in Math and Physics curriculum to explore potential for double majors. There was further discussion regarding what courses would be required for both programs.
Cook added that it is important to consider the differences between the degree element and the licensure element and to look for the right combination. Day provided insight that some school districts are receiving funding to send teachers back to school to get additional education/endorsements to meet the needs of the schools. He also added that some of the content between physics and math content tests crosses over.
Magoulias motioned to approve the Bachelor of Education English, Gray seconded. All in favor, none opposed. Program approved.
Cox motioned to approve the Bachelor of Education History, Magoulias seconded. All in favor, none opposed. Program approved.
Magoulias motioned to approve the Bachelor of Education Mathematics, Gray seconded. All in favor, none opposed. Program approved.
IV: TEP – Bachelor in Education Non-Licensure (non-voting item)
Gunn provided a brief overview of a drafted program proposal for a Bachelor’s of Education, Non-Licensure. She added that since there is no licensing component it does not have to be presented and approved by ISBE. Gunn further provided reasoning for the program proposal and identified potential focus areas for the curriculum that is representative of employment opportunities. Additionally, the program could provide students an alternate path to their degree if they decide teaching isn’t for them when reaching methods courses.
Day mentioned that some teachers are being hired with the knowledge that they will be going back to school to get the content endorsement. Barrett supported the notion that there is a lot of value in having the non-licensure degree.
V: Data Presentation – Barrett
VI: Program Q & A
Cook asked for clarification on proposed changes to rules in Part 25, Subpart L (identified in the Fall 2020 Updates) and how will it impact programs at UIS. McCullough relayed that the definitions provided are vague but that it has been conveyed that they are attempting to outline future functioning processes during a public health emergency.
Cook mentioned that there is a possibility current efforts and rule changes will create a strong divide between alternative programs and public EPPs.
Day added that we are seeing is double edge sword due to the teacher shortage. By watering down the requirements for licensure with alternative programs, schools are getting teachers quicker but the quality of those teachers is subpar, that the teachers are not ready. Ermatinger suggested Cook and Gunn draft a note about the issue and then forward it on to get the System’s input. Reducing licensure requirements for alternative programs provides opportunities for proprietary organizations to capitalize on the teacher shortage.
Motion to adjourn at 3:07pm.