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By-laws of the Teacher Education Council.

1. Structure of the Teacher Education Council

 The Teacher Education Council is structured from members of the educational community as follows: 

Internal Members

  • Three members from the Department of Education.   (3)
  • Five members from faculty outside the department of education: three from each School
    in CAS and two from Visual and Performing Arts.             (5)
  • Three students: one current graduate and undergraduate, one alumni.   (3)

External Members

  • Seven members from the K-12 sector:
         MNPS Director of Personnel, two principals, two teachers, and two others from any role   (7)
  • Three members from other education professionals: 
         TEA, State Board of Education, or State Department of Education,    (3)

            TOTAL MEMBERS 21
            QUORAM                  11    


Dean of CAS and Provost 

2. Term of Office 

External members serve a two-year term, with half the membership to be replaced each year.

External members have the right to serve more than one, two-year term.

The Teacher Education Council to meet at least once a semester.

 3Responsibilities of the Teacher Education Council

 The Teacher Education Council has the following responsibilities:

      A.  Formulating policies and guidelines required for the implementation and operation of
            teacher licensure programs and professional Master of Education program/s.

      B.  Developing policies and guidelines for assessing program effectiveness.

      C.  Developing and implementing recruitment strategies and admissions procedures.

      D.  Making recommendations on awarding scholarships.

      E.  Formally accepting students into the relevant program.

      F.  Formally recommending students to student teaching.

      G.  Formally accepting M.Ed. students into candidacy.

      H.  Formally recommending students for awarding of licensure and/or degrees.

      I.  Adopting curriculum changes to the program/s and/or courses.

      J.  Examining and advising the department on possible new areas for course development.

 4.  Process of the Teacher Education Council

       A.  The Chair of the Department of Education shall be the Chair of the TEC.

       B.  The TEC has the ability to establish working parties/sub-committees for particular

       C.  All working parties to have a specified task and time-line to accomplish the task/s.

       D.  All TEC policies to be enacted by the Department of Education

5.  Review of the TEC Policies

      A.  At the final meeting of each academic year, the Department of Education will make a    
            formal Annual Report to the TEC on progress for that academic year.

     B.  Based on the Annual Report, the TEC may recommend policy changes to address any 
           issues noted in the Report.

     C.  Recommendations for admission to Teacher Education and Student Teaching to approved
           by the TEC at the final meeting of each semester.

     D.  Recommendations for licensure or awarding of degrees to be approved by the TEC at the
           last meeting of each semester.

     E.  The progress of the Department of Education be formally evaluated by an outside agency at
           least once every seven years.

 6.  Changes to the By-laws

       A.  Changes to these by-laws can only be made by the TEC.


Adopted, Spring 2005.

Revised, September 12, 2008

Revised, December 6, 2012