Standard 10

Candidate Advisement and Placement

Qualified members of the institution's staff are assigned and available to advise candidates about their academic, professional and personal development as the need arises, and to assist in their professional placement.

University

University advisement and placement services that are available to credential applicants and candidates include:

Records Office - Transcript EvaluationAll undergraduate transfer students with 40 or more semester units receive an Advanced Standing evaluation during the first semester of enrollment. Upon request, a senior evaluation is conducted by the Evaluations office after 90 semester units have been completed. The evaluation shows requirements completed and any remaining baccalaureate requirements.

Office of Advising ServicesThis office provides a variety of services to enable students to attain their educational goals and effectively use the resources of the university. Specialized university advisers are available to assist undeclared students in undergraduate academic advising, undeclared major advising, academic petitions procedures, changes of major services, general academic problem solving, and appropriate referrals.

Counseling Center A highly skilled counseling staff provides services to students in acquiring a wide range of skills in life management, career and life planning, and personal growth and development.

Varied and Specialized Support Services The university provides a variety of support services for students including: The Ronald E. McNair Program for historically underrepresented student enrichment; disabled student services; Educational Opportunity program; Financial Aid Office; Reentry Program; Student Health Center; University Outreach Services; Upward Bound; and, Veterans and Extended Outreach Services.

School

School services in support of program advisement and support of students include:

Student Services: This office provides students with information, technical assistance, and advising for credential programs. Technical assistance is provided by an Admissions Technician, a Graduate Technician, a Credential Analyst, and clerical support who provide information and assistance related to program admission, documentation of progress in programs, and evaluations required for recommending a credential and/or Masters degree. In addition, this office houses the Multiple Subject adviser, the Single Subject Coordinator, and the Director of Field Placements. The office is open a minimum of 40 hours per week. Individually scheduled appointments, walk-in appointments, and group and individual advising are available here.

KSOEHD Mentoring Center This office was established to promote recruitment, retention, and graduation of minorities in KSOEHD programs.

Counselor Education Faculty The Counselor Education faculty of the KSOEHD's Department of Counseling and Special Education are available to serve as resources for consultation and initial evaluation of identified students, and to provide information related to counseling services available in schools and in the community.

Department Offices Department Chairs are available to students for providing assistance and advisement pertaining to programs housed within these four units. Program information is also available and provided for students as needed.

Program Coordinators Every program coordinator meets with students and provides assistance and support as is needed for program admission, program completion, credential authorization, and career planning. Some coordinators hold group orientation sessions for program applicants.

Program Faculty Program faculty are available to meet with students a minimum of five hours each week. Each keeps posted office hours. They provide academic advisement and mentoring for program enrollees.

Placement Information

University

Career planning and placement services are provided by:

Career Development and Employment This office provides students with services directed toward development, evaluation, and implementation of career plans. A career counselor is assigned to the School of Education and Human Development and provides specialized assistance for all students who are planning to enter education or education related careers.

School

School support for career planning and placement is provided as follows:

Program Coordinators, Program Advisers, and Faculty serve as the best sources of information pertaining to career opportunities and positions available in a specific area of specialization. Advice about career opportunities and job availability is provided by these individuals.

Bulletin Boards and Websites University, school, department, and program bulletin boards and websites contain information about job opportunities available to credential and degree program graduates.

Services are Provided for All Students University and school services available for students are available for all students. Depending upon the type and complexity of services needed, they are available to all students either by appointment or on a scheduled basis. Special attention is given to providing services at times of high demand. The KSOEHD Student Services office and the KSOEHD Graduate Office remains open during noon hours in order to more effectively serve students as well as potential program applicants.

ECE Program

Most Specialist and Masters students receive initial advisement from the ECE program coordinator as part of the application process to determine their eligibility prior to application. Once admitted, each ECE student attends an evening ECE Program Orientation. At that meeting each candidate is assigned to an ECE Academic Advisor who completes an Advising Form with the candidate. As part of that form, students identify themselves as either Program or Teacher Leaders, which helps lay a path for meeting the specific career goals of each candidate.

While in the program, ECE faculty take a hands-on approach to mentoring ECE students. Class sizes average 12 students which facilitates a more intimate professional relationship between faculty and student and permits adjustment of the curriculum to meet the specific needs of students. Academic advisors are also ECE faculty and are in frequent contact with their advisees in class. Additionally, ECE Academic Advisors meet individually with their advisees at least once a semester to provide guidance and help assure that the program is meeting the students’ needs. This advising role is particularly important for students earning an ECE Specialist Credential only as only fifteen units are assigned as their core program. The remaining fifteen units of electives should be selected with attention to the student’s interests, career goals, and weaknesses. The Academic Advisor is in a good position to assist individual credential candidates in making wise choices that supplement the ECE core curriculum.

Over time the Academic Advisor becomes involved in the academic and career interests of the student and in the case of a student earning both a Master’s or a Master’s and an ECE Specialist Credential concurrently, reassigns the student in their next-to-last semester to a Project Advisor. This Project Advisor is responsible for mentoring the student in their Research in Education course (ERA220) and in the completion of their project or thesis. In the case of a student earning their Specialist Credential only, the Project Advisor mentors the student in the completion of their Summative Research Paper which is completed in lieu of a project or thesis.

The ECE Coordinator communicates via email newsletter at least twice every semester to remind students of important filing deadlines, upcoming university- and program-generated professional development opportunities, and course availability for the upcoming semester. This communication supplements email communication sent directly to all graduate students via the Division of Graduate Studies.

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