Edison State College’s School of Education provides a rigorous learning environment ensuring teacher candidates will achieve their greatest potential through Principles of Excellence. Building on a strong pedagogical, ethical and socially conscious foundation that fosters creativity and innovation. Edison State College’s School of Education produces graduates equipped to contribute to the diverse community of life-long learners in Southwest Florida.
Edison State College will mentor reflective practitioners endowed to educate 21st century learners in a world-class global environment.
Principles of Excellence
The teacher candidate will…
- Synthesize academic content, pedagogical skills and educational technology to instruct digital natives.
- Continually explore new methods, best practices and instructional designs to impact k-12 learning.
- Employ strong written, verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
- Emulate and foster caring and ethical behavior in order to build teaching and learning environments that build upon the strengths of students’ diverse cultures and learning styles.
- Collaborate with key stakeholders such as, administrators, colleagues, parents and leaders in the local community.
- Engage in reflective practice with an understanding that learning is a lifelong process.
The School of Education at Edison State College offers pathways for candidates interested in working in educational settings from birth to high school. All programs focus on preparing candidates for their roles as a positive and engaging educational practitioner. It is through transformational education initiatives that focus on social justice and practical experiences that teacher candidates will learn to educate in today’s diverse classrooms. The School of Education offers rigorous and demanding education programs. Setting high expectations and requiring all teacher candidates meet these expectations, enables teacher candidates to glean the knowledge and skills needed to be successful educators. Teacher candidates will graduate from the School of Education’s Elementary Education program certified with both Reading and ESOL endorsements. The Middle and Secondary programs offer the minimum state required hours needed for meeting Reading and ESOL competencies.
Faculty and staff continually strive towards excellence in preparing candidates to work in diverse environments. Through the School of Education, teacher candidates will have the ability to build a strong sense of community and support amongst students and faculty.
Teacher candidates engage in diverse field experiences at the onset of every program and continue honing their pedagogical skills and knowledge throughout the program. Teacher candidates are assessed on their knowledge, dispositions and performance throughout each of the education programs.
Associates of Arts with an Early Childhood Concentration
Elementary Education, BS
Middle Grades Language Arts, BS
Middle Grades Mathematics Education, BS
Middle Grades Science Education, BS
Secondary Education Biology, BS
Secondary Education Mathematics, BS
CoOP Field Experience Model
The School of Education prepares individuals to work in diverse learning environments in the professional field of education. In accordance with state and national standards, teacher education candidates at Edison State College are assessed on their knowledge, dispositions, and performance. The CoOP model of Field Experience enhances pre-service teacher education by empowering quality k-12 teachers to mentor teacher candidates through the three phases of field experience: foundation, practicum, or internship. CoOP mentors play a vital role in the development and preparation of high quality teacher candidates.
Edison’s innovative model of field experience minimizes disruptions to the k-12 classroom setting caused by faculty supervisor visitations and sanctions “teachers as leaders”. The School of Education provides training for teachers interested in mentoring our teacher candidates. Once teachers have met the CoOp criteria, they will be added to our database and can request that Edison teacher candidates be placed in their classroom for any one of the three phases of field experience. The three State mandated classroom observations, as well as the mentoring during co-teaching experiences, will be conducted by the “trained” k-12 teachers. Edison faculty in consultation with Coordinator of Assessment and Student Success and the field experience office will serve as counselors, resource personnel, and liaisons for teacher candidates and mentor teachers. It is our goal to support the k-12 mentor teachers, as well as our teacher candidates through open communication, resource and information sharing, and curricula alignment. The k-12 teachers are the experts in their field. Allowing them to share their expertise and providing a platform for shared best practices benefits the k-12 student, as well as teacher candidates.
In applying to the CoOP, mentors agree to work with teacher candidates during any of the three field base components: foundations, practicum or internship hours. Mentors are responsible for (but not limited to) the following:
- Completing all necessary training (including, but not limited to, FLDOE Clinical Educator Training, and Edison’s Field Experience Mentor Teacher Training)
- Documentation of teacher candidate with regards to knowledge of content area, performance, and disposition
- Observation and conferencing with candidate, as required with Clinical Education Training
- Providing teacher candidates with on-going support, guidance and strategies to become effective teachers
- Regularly communicating with college faculty and/or field experience coordinator
Mentor teachers are expected to be sensitive to the needs and concerns of teacher candidates while maintaining a positive k-12 co-teaching learning environment. Persons interested in becoming mentor teachers should contact Christy Duda at firstname.lastname@example.org
Candidate Disposition Assessment Process
The School of Education prepares individuals to work in diverse learning environments in the professional field of education. In accordance with state and national standards, teacher education candidates at Edison State College are assessed on their knowledge, dispositions, and performance. Knowledge assessment occurs primarily through courses and is reflected in course grades and the candidate’s grade point average (GPA). The Florida Teacher Competency Exams also demonstrate a candidate’s acquisition of knowledge. Performance is assessed through the candidate’s classroom practice, particularly the student teaching experiences. Dispositions are assessed by the disposition assessment process described herein. The assessment of dispositions takes place at all times while students are on campus and during student teaching. According to the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), “NCATE expects institutions to assess teacher candidate dispositions based on observable behavior in the classroom. NCATE does not recommend that attitudes be evaluated.” Dispositions shall be assessed under the premise of educational equity and the belief that all students can learn.
Prospective teachers must be able to demonstrate that they are individuals of strong moral character who can make mature decisions. Teachers are responsible for the education, safety, and well-being of anyone in their charge. As such, students enrolled in Edison State College’s education programs must adhere to the Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida, 6B-1.006. All teacher education candidates, faculty, staff and academic advisors will be provided with a copy of the Principles of Professional Conduct for Florida Educators, Dispositions to be Assessed, and a Disposition Assessment Form. Furthermore, a signed contract must be on file for every teacher candidate prior to enrolling in any course requiring field experience components. Candidates who do not have such forms on file are subject to appropriate violations of disposition procedures as stated in this process policy.
This process shall apply to candidates’ dispositions as reflected in field experience and related course work. Candidates will be made aware that repeated violations of these dispositions will constitute grounds for a decision regarding separation from the Education programs of Edison State College. This information will also be published in appropriate teacher education documents and reinforced throughout the program.
Procedure for Addressing Disposition Problems
The Disposition Assessment Form (Form D-2) may be utilized by all faculty, staff and classroom teachers to bring a deficiency with regard to professional conduct to the attention of the Associate Dean and possibly escalate to the Teacher Education Council of Special Cases Committee. The Coordinator of Assessment and Student Success will monitor each candidate’s folder to ascertain if a D-2 form has been issued to the candidates by a faculty member, staff or mentor teacher. If two D-2 submissions have been submitted, the faculty advisor and/or field placement coordinator will send notice to the Associate Dean of the School of Education. The Associate Dean will schedule a meeting with the candidate, the Coordinator of Assessment and Student Success, the course instructor and/or mentor teacher. The deficiency observed will be discussed with the individual within 14 days of the D-2 form being submitted. (If notification of the second D-2 form falls at the end of a term, the Associate Dean will schedule a meeting within 14 days after the beginning of the next full term in which the candidate is enrolled). If the meeting determines that a depositional issue does exist, a list of actions that the candidate agrees to follow will be prepared in memo form, and both the candidate and Associate Dean will sign the agreed course of action to be taken. A copy of actions will be placed in the candidate’s file. The candidate may also submit an additional statement to be included in the record.
If a candidate receives a D-2 form for a third separate incident, the Coordinator of Assessment and Student Success will notify the Associate Dean within 14 days of the filing. The Associate Dean will notify the candidate of any future action to be taken. The decision to submit to the Teacher Education Council of Special Cases Committee may be warranted and action will be taken according to the deficiency.
The candidate will be asked to provide any information he/she wishes regarding the three D-2 forms in writing to the Special Cases Committee. D-2 forms submitted to the Special Cases Committee will be reviewed bi-monthly unless the offense or defense warrants immediate action. The Special Cases Committee shall provide one of three rulings to the Associate Dean of the School of Education: continue in the program, removal from the program, or not enough evidence was provided to make a recommendation in which case the committee may request further information from prior faculty, mentor teachers, or peers. Within 14 days of receiving the recommendation from the Special Cases Committee, the Associate Dean of the School of Education shall affirm or negate the committee’s decision on the case and notify all parties involved including candidate, academic advisor, department head, mentor teacher, and involved faculty. The teacher candidate may appeal the affirmed decision to the Vice President of Academic Affairs within five days of receiving notice of the committee’s decision.
Egregious Violations of Dispositional Standards
A candidate may be subject to expedited dismissal from the School of Education for an egregious violation of dispositional standard. Examples of possible egregious violations include, but are not limited to: engaging in illegal or unethical conduct involving minor children or conduct which would be grounds for dismissal from a teaching position, mishandling of private and confidential student information, and serious violations of Principles of Professional Conduct for the Education Profession in Florida, 6B-1.006.