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College Governance

A5: Description of the Boards and Standing Committees
a. Academic Affairs Board

5. Teacher Education Council


The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation calls upon all of its accredited teacher preparation programs to establish and maintain ongoing communication with its Pre-K-12 partners to insure that an institution’s professional education programs are organized, unified, and coordinated in a manner that enables it to fulfill its mission. The Teacher Education Council is that officially designated unit at Hope College. Its primary responsibility is the advancement of the professional education programs by means of discussion of current and anticipated issues and trends in education and offering recommendations for program improvement to the department chairperson.


  1. Review, evaluate, and recommend policy to the Education Department Chairperson, as stated in the purposes of the Council.
  2. Review and monitor policies and procedures for admission and retention of students to the teacher education program.
  3. Periodically receive from the Education Department a description of the knowledge base for the professional education sequence.
  4. Engage in dialogue with the Education Department about current and anticipated issues and trends in teacher preparation programs and how to most effectively address them.
  5. Provide a broader context for discussion of issues specific to the Education Department but also important to the campus community.
  6. Provide opportunities to inform and elicit support from the campus community for the Education Department’s mission and programs and foster interaction of the Education Department with other departments.
  7. Foster the interaction of the Education Department with area Pre-K -12 school personnel and secure their advice and support of efforts to prepare teachers for service in Pre-K–12 schools
  8. Examine issues referred to it by departments or individuals regarding the program and policies of the Education Department.
  9. Establish "standing" and "ad hoc" sub-committees to study specific issues relevant to full committee responsibilities (e.g., Secondary Programs) at the discretion of the Committees and Chairperson of the Education Department.
  10. Review and send to the Curriculum Committee recommendations for changes in courses/programs in the professional education program (e.g., in cases where change would result in the addition or deletion of courses or an increase or decrease in the number of semester hours in the approved teacher education program).


  1. Standing Members:

    1. Chairperson:  Chairperson of the Education Department
    2. Representatives from the elementary, secondary, and special education programs (one from each).

  2. Rotating Members: (all are appointed by the Education Department Chairperson in consultation with the Department and Pre-K-12 teacher and administrator committees and members of the Education Department)

    1. One faculty representative from each of the College's four academic divisions.
    2. Four area Pre-K-12 in-service teachers.
    3. Four area Pre-K-12 administrators (principal or curriculum director).
    4. Two Hope pre-service teachers (junior and senior).