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Early Childhood Education - Student Resources

Early Childhood Education - Student Resources

Student Resources

Certification Candidate's Reference Information

Initial Requirements

  • Pass the MTTC Basic Skills Exam
  • Hold an undergraduate degree (in progress for undergraduate students) with a teachable major and minor*
  • Be accepted by one of Marygrove's Admissions Offices and the specific program or the Marygrove College Education Unit

Acceptance
Graduate candidates are accepted via the Graduate Admissions Office. Post-degree and undergraduate students are accepted into the college via the Undergraduate Admissions Office and then into the Education Unit after having completed EDU 203 (The Teaching Profession), documentation that can be obtained from the Education Unit Secretary in Room 214, the MTTC Basic Skills Test, and an interview.

Field Observation and Practicum Work
Be prepared to do regular field observation and practicum work in all your methods classes. This involves time for observation and participation in school situations outside of scheduled methods classes.

  • Certifiable Disciplines: Elementary candidates must have a teaching major; a minor is strongly advised. Secondary candidates must have both a teaching major and teaching minor.

Elementary
Dance - Major
Early Childhood Education - Group Minor
English - Major and Minor
French - Minor
History - Major and Minor
Integrated Science - Group Major
Language Arts - Group Major and Minor
Mathematics - Major and Minor
Social Studies - Group Major
Spanish - Minor
Special Education - Learning Disabilities

Secondary
Art - Comprehensive Group Major, no minor required
Biology - Major & Minor
Chemistry - Minor & Major
Computer Info Systems - Major & Minor
Dance - Major
Economics - Minor
English - Major & Minor
History - Major & Minor
SMathematics - Major & Minor
Music - Comprehaensive Group Major
Political Science - Major & Minor
Sociology - Minor
Social Studies - Group Major
Spanish - Minor

* Not available to post-degree candidates.

Felony Conviction
The state of Michigan does not certify felons, and school districts are required to do a felony check before hiring someone to teach. You will be asked to sign a felony form before being accepted into a program. If your status should change during your certification program, you may be asked to leave the program.

Student Teaching
Marygrove College does not waive student teaching. Student teaching placements are approved and confirmed through the Director of Student Teaching.

Please note that before you may student teach all professional courses, required classes for your teaching major and minor, and the applicable MTTC competency tests must be passed.

Provisional Certification
A candidate’s credentials will be sent to the state of Michigan for provisional certification once the following elements have been completed and verified:

  • Undergraduate degree
  • Required competency tests
  • All undergraduate coursework for teaching disciplines (major and minor where applicable) as specified in the Plan of Work **
  • Entire Marygrove College sequence of professional teaching courses
  • Confirmation of valid First Aid & CPR training
  • Completion of state mandated survey at end of student teaching placement.

** Marygrove College requires evidence that a teacher certification candidate has completed the necessary undergraduate coursework specified in the candidate’s Plan of Work. This reflects both the State of Michigan program approval of Marygrove’s certifiable disciplines, as well as the guidelines of the North Central Accreditation Association, which are followed by school districts. Please submit copies of all transcripts from other colleges showing courses applicable to your approved Plan of Work.

>> MTTC

Plan of Work

Whichever of Marygrove’s programs for initial teacher certification you choose, all graduate and post-degree candidates will need a completed plan of work indicating:

  • Teaching Level (Elementary or Secondary)
  • Teaching Major (& Minor if desired) for Elementary Candidates
  • Teaching Major and Teaching Minor for Secondary Candidates
  • Professional teaching program (GRIOT, Post-Degree, SAGE)

The plan of work will outline those courses already taken (grade of C or better) which fulfill Marygrove College’s major and minor requirements and any courses needed to complete the major and minor.

Ultimately, you will possess transcript/s that support your teaching endorsements and meet the requirements of most school districts, because Marygrove’s recommendation to the state for a provisional teaching certificate confirms the candidate’s completion of the major and minor requirements as approved by the State of Michigan for Marygrove College.

While Marygrove does not require that you take the courses for your teaching discipline with us, we certainly encourage you to do so, as our programs are carefully designed to provide the knowledge necessary to pass MTTC competency tests. If you do choose to take classes elsewhere, you must achieve a grade of C or better in order for the class to be recognized as part of your teaching discipline. You will want to consult the designated contact in that discipline in order to guarantee that the courses you take elsewhere are equivalent to those you need.

Apply to the appropriate admissions office for the program desired (Graduate or Undergraduate/Post-Degree), and they will forward your materials to complete a plan of work. The process requires a $25 transcript-review fee and takes approximately two weeks to complete.

>> Policies and Procedures Handbook (pdf)
An important reference for all initial and continuing certification candidates.

Student Teacher Resources

Professional Standards for Michigan Teachers

Professional Standards for Michigan Teachers

Adopted MAY, 2008 By SBE

  1. Subject Matter Knowledge-Base in General & Liberal Education
  2. Instructional Design & Assessment
  3. Curricular & Pedagogical Knowledge Aligned with State Resources
  4. Effective Learning Environments
  5. Responsibilities & Relationships to the School, Classroom and Student
  6. Responsibilities & Relationships to the Greater Community
  7. Technology Operations & Concepts
Portfolio Informaiton Guidelines

What is a Portfolio?
A portfolio is a collection of a student’s work that illustrates, defines and documents the student’s development over time. The content may show the development in a particular area, such as reading, writing or understanding scientific concepts. Or the portfolio may be used to show development in several areas, such as reading and writing in the sciences.

There are two types of portfolios most commonly used: the process portfolio and the showcase portfolio. The process portfolio contains more artifacts; for instance, a student may include a number of samples of written work in their original draft as well as how these samples appeared at various stages of revision. Or it might contain many examples of responses to reading selections, lesson plans, etc. The process portfolio is more casual than that of the showcase portfolio.

Portfolio Contents
Philosophy Statement:

  • What you believe about teaching
  • What you know and believe about children
  • What is the role of schools in society

Self-Assessment:

An evaluation of your lab experience and learning. How these have influence your decision to teach (or your decision to continue teaching)

Vita/Resume

Journal Reflections

Articles of Interest

Instructional Resources

Bibliography Reference: Costantino, Patricia M. & Marie N. DeLorenzo, DEVELOPING A PROFESSIONAL TEACHING PORTFOLIO, A Guide for Success, Allyn and Bacon, Boston, 2002

Student Teaching

Student Teaching Process
Joan Littman
Madame Cadillac Bldg., Rm. 220
Marygrove College
8425 W. McNichols Road
Detroit, MI 48221-2599
Phone: 313.927.1454
Fax: 313.927.1414
Email: jlittman@marygrove.edu

Arrange for an appointment to return three (3) completed applications to:

Admission to Student Teaching - Summary of Steps
Admittance to the provisional certification program does not constitute admittance to a student teaching experience. Admission to student teaching is contingent upon satisfying the requirements outlined below.

  1. An overall grade point average of 2.7 or better in courses taken at Marygrove College
  2. Completion of all professional certification and teaching discipline courses except student teaching
  3. Passing scores on all required MTTC tests
  4. Recommendation by an academic department and the Education Unit
  5. Health record clearance from a physician within six months of student teaching
  6. Admission form for student teaching signed by the advisor and presented to the Director of Student Teaching
  7. Review and approval by the Education Unit

Admission to Student Teaching - Steps
Now that you have completed the required professional courses in the educational sequence, the major and minor coursework and passed the competency tests - you are ready to apply for a school placement to student teach. Review the Policy and Procedures form and sign to verify that you will have completed the necessary preparation to be eligible for the term for which you are applying.

1. Carefully complete the attached application. Be particularly attentive to editing your work as well as the text of your teaching narrative and philosophy statement, because the application packet may be presented to your cooperating/mentor teacher before you have had an opportunity to meet with her/him. Occasionally, the school district and/or principal request this information.

2. Include three (3) current character reference letters from professional experiences and volunteer or youth related services, dated and on letterhead stationery.

3. Attach separate documentation of a TB test result (within the past 6 months).

4. Include a verification of time spent as an uncertified teacher, the level and/or discipline of your experience. The school district(s) may forward the information to my attention.

5. Verification of coursework (official transcripts) and MTTC testing results must be on file with the Griot, Sage, or certification office before the student teaching placement is confirmed.

6. Return three (3) copies of the completed application

7. Notification of your student teaching placement from the Marygrove College Director of Student Teaching (MC 220) is your approval to request a signature to register for Student Teaching. Undergraduate and post degree students register for EDU 499 (10 hours). Graduate Griot students register for EDU 699-OIG (10 hours). Graduate Sage students register for EDU 699-01S (10 hours).

The Director of Student Teaching is responsible for the arrangement and placement of teacher candidates in the schools. Students are asked not to confer with school districts; such placements cannot be honored. You will be notified when the placement IS official.

Student teaching is a full-time commitment. It includes five (5) full days a week. Marygrove College recommends that you neither take academic course work while student teaching nor that you have other work commitments that detract from the full-time service to a student teaching experience. Know that student teaching requires extensive amounts of preparation time.

You will be responsible for a student teaching seminar at Marygrove College every other Saturday morning from 9:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. beginning the first week of classes.

Current Student Teaching Application
Please contact student teaching secretary, Eugenia Willis, at ewills@marygrove.edu for a current student teaching application.

Teacher Recertification

18 Hour Recertification
Certified teachers are eligible for renewal and Professional Certification after completion of classes in an 18-hour planned program of study with one teacher preparation institution, along with completion of three years of successful teaching, following the date the provisional teaching certificate was issued. Students holding or working on an appropriate master’s degree may apply the first 18 hours of their degree program toward this. Non-degree students who wish to be recommended by Marygrove for renewal and then Professional Certification may enroll in the 18-hour Reading & Literacy Education Program or develop an 18-credit-hour planned program with the Teacher Certification Officer. This individually designed program may reflect classes taken to add a teaching endorsement or distance-learning graduate classes designed to enhance your teaching skills.

Note that a maximum of 6 credits of appropriate course work completed at another accredited college or university may be accepted as part of the 18-hour planned program.

Download the attached documents for further details on re-certification and the individually designed 18-hour planned program of study.

>> Individual 18 Hour Form (.pdf)

Reading & Literacy Education
Dr. C. Okezie, Chair, Education Department
cokezie@marygrove.edu

Core Courses:

  • EDU 530 (3) Technology in the Classroom
  • RDG 559 (3) Literature Based Approached to Reading Instruction
  • RDG 567 (3) The Writing Process in Literacy Development
  • EDU 524 (3) Principles of Classroom Management

12 Credits

Select 6 credits from:

  • EDU 537 (3) Curriculum Theory & Development
  • EDU 594 (3) Learning Differences: Multiple Intelligences
  • EDT 640 (3) Technology for Teachers

6 Selected Credits

See course listings under Professional Development for Teachers (link to professional development for teachers (graduate)/course listings (grey bar) for additional electives. Three (3) credits are accepted upon approval of program advisor.

>> Recertification Documents (pdf)
Forms to obtain provisional and professional teaching certificates.

>> Certificate Renewals
Link to Michigan Department of Education explanation of teaching certificates.

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