Annual Institutional Title II Report Card

2010–2011 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 (95 percent) are of traditional college age; 95 percent attend full-time, and 87.8 percent are Illinois residents.  Seventeen percent of all students are minority students.  The average ACT score for the fall 2010 freshmen was 25.3.  Undergraduate enrollment is 5,067.  Graduate enrollment is 746.  Total enrollment is 5,813.

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 the 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 Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), 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

  • The William T. Kemper Professional Development Schools project has involved EHS faculty and students from all EHS departments. The project provides special opportunities for the community of leaders to collaborate and develop their skills in a living laboratory with area neighborhoods and the University. It affords support and improvement of student achievement from Pre -K through higher education, including the preparation of teachers and other professionals. The project promotes best practice methods through professional development activities and encourages collaborative research and inquiry to improve practice. The four Peoria Public School #150 Kemper Schools and one private school participating as Professional Development Schools (PDS) are: Manual Middle and High School, Whittier Primary School, Valeska Hinton Early Childhood Education Center, Roosevelt Magnet School for the Performing Arts and St. Mark Catholic Grade School.
  • During the academic year a total of 130 teacher candidates were placed in the PDS Schools. In clinical observations 84 students were place d in the PDS Schools. In novice teaching where teacher candidates plan and implement lessons and receive supervised critiques from a Supervisor and Cooperating teacher, 21 teacher candidates were placed. The semester-long capstone experience of student teaching included 25 students at the PDS sites. Dr. Antola Crowe leads the project as the William T. Kemper Fellow for Teaching Excellence.
  • The STEM Education Center and the BEST Summer Research Internship Program hosted 11 high school student interns who spent 10 weeks working with undergraduate peer ­mentors and faculty research mentors, and received training in research safety and ethics, scientific methods and communication, and other professional development. The Center submitted 6 major proposals for continued funding for ongoing projects. In addition, the center provided assistance in developing two other proposals submitted for STEM Education activities at BU.
  • One hundred and thirty local fourth grade students came to campus for a day of hands -on, minds -on science activities, developed and led by Bradley faculty and students in STEM and education departments. Dr. Kevin Finson is the co -director from the EHS College with Dr. Kelly McConnaughay from the LAS College.
  • The Department of Teacher Education has launched social media as a tool to improve contact with students. The department’s Facebook page enables students to get the latest information about our department and the teaching profession in a format that they use regularly.
  • Several members of the Department of Teacher Education recently were elected to leadership positions in statewide education organizations. Dr. Dean Cantu was elected Executive Director of the Illinois Council for the Social Studies; Dr. Bob Wolffe was elected Treasurer of the Illinois Science Teachers Association; and Dr. Sherrie Pardieck was elected President of the Illinois Association of Teacher Educators. 
  • Dr. Dean A. Cantu and Dr. David W. McMullen published an eBook titled Technology Applications for the Digital Classroom by the National Social Science Press. The eBook is designed to assist teachers in using current web-based technologies to improve instruction in today’s digital world.

Illinois Certification Testing System

Annual Institution Report

Program Year 2010-2011 - Bradley University

Number of Program Completers:  132

 

Number 
Tested
Number 
Passed
Pass Rate 
Statewide
Pass Rate 

Test Field/Category

Basic Skills

 

 

 

 

096

Basic Skills Test

130

130

100%

100%

Professional Knowledge/Pedagogy

 

 

 

 

101

Apt: Birth To Grade 3

9

--

--

100%

102

Apt: Grades K-9

61

61

100%

100%

103

Apt: Grades 6-12

25

25

100%

99%

104

Apt: Grades K-12

37

37

100%

99%

Academic Content Areas

 

 

 

 

105

Science: Biology

2

--

--

100%

107

Early Childhood Education

9

--

--

99%

110

Elementary/Middle Grades

88

88

100%

100%

111

English Language Arts

8

--

--

100%

114

Social Science: History

6

--

--

100%

115

Mathematics

7

--

--

99%

116

Science: Physics

1

--

--

100%

135

Foreign Language: Spanish

1

--

--

100%

143

Music

4

--

--

100%

145

Visual Arts

1

--

--

100%

163

Special Ed. General Curriculum

29

29

100%

99%

Other Content Areas

 

 

 

 

172

Family And Consumer Sciences

3

--

--

100%

Teaching Special Populations

 

 

 

 

155

Learning Behavior Specialist I

29

29

100%

100%

Summary Totals and Pass Rate

132

132

100%

99%

Pass rates are not shown for tests taken by fewer than 10 students.

Illinois Certification Testing System

Annual Institution Report - Second Year Cohort Update

Program Year 2008-2009 - Bradley University

Number of Program Completers:  138

 

 

Number
Tested

Number
Passed

Pass Rate

Statewide
Pass Rate

Test Field/Category

Basic Skills

096

Basic Skills Test

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%

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 Arts

12

12

100%

100%

114

Social Science: History

13

13

100%

100%

115

Mathematics

9

--

--

100%

143

Music

5

--

--

100%

163

Special Ed. General Curriculum

25

24

96%

99%

Other Content Areas

172

Family And Consumer Sciences

7

--

--

100%

Teaching Special Populations

155

Learning Behavior Specialist I

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.