5a. Qualified Faculty
5a.1. Table 8 is linked at
5a.2. Describe the expertise that qualifies professional education faculty members who do not hold terminal degrees for their assignments.
terminal degrees have rich experiential backgrounds and have
demonstrated competency for their Thomas
5a.3. Describe how the unit will ensure that school-based faculty members are certified in the areas they teach or are supervising.
The Division of Education
collaborates with 12 school districts
in selecting the PK-12 teachers who serve as mentors for teacher
candidates. Requests for placements are
made to the district-level administrator in charge of placement for field and
clinical experiences, who verifies that selected teachers are certified in the content and
grade level they teach and are supervising. All PK-12 mentor teachers
have been certified/licensed by the state of Georgia in assigned teaching areas
and are considered to be a highly qualified teacher as defined by the “No Child
Left Behind” federal legislation.
5a.4. Describe acceptable contemporary professional experiences in school settings expected of higher education clinical faculty members.
All full-time faculty are required to maintain recent experience in PK-12 schools through annual participation as a member of a school advisory council, ongoing tutoring of a PK-12 student, or by teaching in the PK-12 setting at least once a year. Most full time faculty are involved in either a field-based methods experience or student teacher supervision, which provides them opportunities to keep up-to-date with current classroom practices. Several serve on school boards, on state assessment advisory committees, mentor/tutor PK-12 students, and otherwise continue to be involved with PK-12 students. All of the division’s part-time clinical faculty possess a wealth of recent PK-12 teaching and administrative experience
5a.5. Table 8