Annual Institutional Title II Report Card

2008-2009 Title II Report Card

Teacher Education Mission

The mission of Teacher Education at Bradley University is to prepare teachers who will be effective leaders, advocates, and life-long learners. We believe that teaching and learning are dynamic, interactive, life-long processes based on empowering interactions among learners.

Teacher Preparation Programs

Bradley University offers 18 baccalaureate programs leading to state teacher certification and one graduate-level certification programs in Educational Administration, Special Education, and School Counseling.

Student Characteristics

Most undergraduates (94 percent) are of traditional college age; 94 percent attend full-time, and 88.2 percent are Illinois residents. Fourteen percent of all students are minority students. The average ACT score for fall 2008 freshmen was 25.1.  Undergraduate enrollment is 5075.  Graduate enrollment is 798. Total enrollment is 5873.

Admissions Requirements

Admission to Teacher Education Program: Candidates must have earned a minimum grade point average of 2.5 overall, 2.5 in education courses, and a 2.5 in their content major or concentration. Candidates must have earned grades of not less than a C in COM 103, ENG 101, and a mathematics course that meets university general education requirements. They must have completed a prescribed group of education courses for each major with the appropriate GPA and no Ds, passed the Illinois Certification Test of Basic Skills, demonstrated appropriate pre-professional behaviors and dispositions, been cleared on a check of criminal history, and received a satisfactory vote of the faculty.

Admission to Student Teaching: Candidates must have maintained a minimum grade point average of 2.5 overall, 2.5 in education courses, and a 2.5 in their content major or concentration. They must have been advanced to candidacy, passed the Illinois Certification Test in their content area, been cleared on a State Police fingerprint check, and have a negative result on a current TB test.

Accreditation:

Bradley University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; the College of Education and Health Sciences is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE); and all teacher preparation programs are approved by the Illinois State Board of Education. Individual teacher preparation programs are accredited by one of the following: National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI), National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), and National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

 

Best Practices

  • Practicum experiences in the schools begin the freshman year and continue each year of the program, increasing in responsibility.
  • Each candidate will have clinical experiences in the full range of his or her certification and in a diverse setting.
  • The university has Professional Development School partners at each level from early childhood through high school.

Notable Features and Accomplishments

  • Placement of graduates was 98% for this year.
  • Brad Cohen’96 was recognized as the Outstanding Young Graduate for 2009.  Brad has received well-deserved recognition from the publication of his book Front of the Class: How Tourette Syndrome Made Me the Teacher I Never Had and the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie Front of the Class about his life growing up with Tourette syndrome and his struggle to become a classroom teacher. Brad also appeared on Oprah and CNN in a story on the camp he founded for children with Tourette syndrome called “Camp Twitch and Shout.”   
  • For the past 25 years, the Bradley University Institute for Gifted and Talented Youth has offered summer educational opportunities for youth. In addition to offering summer programming, the Institute offers year-round consulting regarding gifted students. 
  • The College of Education and Health Sciences received a three-year grant from the William T. Kemper Foundation to continue its Professional Development Schools (PDS) Project. The project supports a partnership between the College and four selected public school sites to foster collaborative leadership and support teaching excellence.
  • Dr. Cecile Arquette and some of her undergraduate students presented Dialogue Journaling in a PDS School at the National Professional Development Schools conference in Daytona Beach, Florida, March 12-15, 2009.
  • Roosevelt Magnet School – a PDS school - became a Spotlight School for the state of Illinois for their student achievement.
  • Illinois Women in Educational Leadership held the Third Biennial Leadership for Diversity Conference at Bradley University on January 30-31, 2009.  Conference theme was Social Justice for Illinois Schools PreK-12. Two faculty from the Teacher Education Department presented.
  • Celebrated the graduation of the first student, Lydia Branch, from the Peoria Grow Your Own Teachers (PGYO) program in spring semester, 2009.  PGYO consists of non-traditional college students from the Peoria area seeking teaching degrees in special education or early childhood education.
  • Assisted in the establishment of the Center for STEM Education.

Program Information

  • Total number of students admitted into teacher preparation, all specializations, in academic year 2008–2009: 588
  • Number of candidates in supervised student teaching in academic year 2008–2009: 143
  • Number of faculty members who supervised student teachers:
    • Full-time faculty in professional education: 6
    • Part-time faculty in professional education but full-time in the institution: 0
    • Part-time faculty in professional education, not otherwise employed by the institution: 10
  • Total faculty student teaching supervisors: 16
  • Student teacher/faculty ratio: 8.93:1
  • The average number of student teaching hours per week: 35
  • The total number of weeks of supervised student teaching required: 15.37 avg.
  • Average total number of hours required: 537.95
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    Illinois Certification Testing System Annual Institution Report

    Program Year 2008-2009 • Bradley University
    Number of Program Completers: 138
    Test Field/Category Institution Statewide
    Number Tested Number Passed Pass Rate Pass Rate
    Basic Skills
    Basic Skills Test 131 131 100% 100%
    Aggregate 131 131 100% 100%
    Professional Knowledge/Pedagogy
    101 APT: Birth to Grade 3 10 10 100% 100%
    102 APT: Grades K-9 57 57 100% 99%
    103 APT: Grades 6-12 36 36 100% 100%
    104 APT: Grades K-12 34 34 100% 99%
    Aggregate 137 137 100% 99%
    Academic Content Areas
    105 Science: Biology 1 -- -- 100%
    106 Science: Chemistry 1 -- -- 100%
    107 Early Childhood Education 10 10 100% 100%
    110 Elementary/Middle Grades 81 81 100% 100%
    111 English Language Art 12 12 100% 100%
    114 Social Science: History 13 13 100% 100%
    115 Mathematics 2 -- -- 100%
    163 Special Education General Curriculum 25 24 96% 99%
    143 Music 9 -- -- 100%
    Aggregate 154 153 99% 100%
    Other Content Areas
    172 Family and Consumer Sciences 7 -- -- 100%
    Aggregate 7 -- -- 100%
    Teaching Special Populations
    155 Learning Behavior Specialist I 25 25 100% 100%
    Aggregate 25 25 100% 100%
     
    Summary Totals and Pass Rate 137 137 100% 99%
    Pass rates are not shown for tests taken by fewer than 10 students.