Ithaca College prepares teachers in the School of Music, the School of Humanities and Sciences, and the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance. The All College Teacher Education Committee (ACTEC) is composed of representatives from each of these teacher preparation programs. ACTEC sets general policy and procedures to ensure that all Ithaca College teacher education programs meet or surpass New York State and national accreditation standards. Originally established in 1966, ACTEC was made a standing committee of the college in 1972 and is the governing body of teacher education at Ithaca College. All teacher education programs at Ithaca College adhere to the eight Ithaca College Teacher Education Program Standards, which were approved by ACTEC in 2005-2006 and revised most recently in February 2010.
All teacher education programs at Ithaca College currently hold Regents Accreditation of Teacher Education (RATE) from the New York State Education Department (NYSED). Additionally, Ithaca College is accredited by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education. The School of Music is accredited by The National Association of Schools of Music (NASM). The graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology within the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance, is accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
All-College Teacher Education Unit Vision Statement
We strive to prepare exemplary teachers and educational leaders who work collaboratively with individuals and communities to create high quality education for all.
All-College Teacher Education Unit Mission Statement
The All-College Teacher Education Unit at Ithaca College embraces the values of knowledge, competence, and a commitment to service expressed in the Ithaca College Mission. Our mission is to prepare teachers who possess knowledge and teaching competence in their respective disciplines, who know how to work collaboratively and effectively with diverse communities of students and families, and who are inspired and motivated by the belief that excellence and equity in education are profoundly interdependent. To this end, Ithaca College teacher educators guide candidates through carefully designed and supervised programs where theory, research, and practice combine in order to provide them with solid foundations in the content, professional, pedagogical, technological, relational, and cultural knowledge and experiences needed in order to become engaged and effective teachers for all students in the 21st century.
Structure and Governance
ACTEC reports to the provost and vice president for academic affairs while issuing minutes and agenda to the Faculty Council. ACTEC is comprised of one faculty member from each teacher education program selected by the dean or director and identified as the "program coordinator"; the dean from each school offering a teacher education program; an additional faculty member in each of the Departments of Music Education, Health Promotion and Physical Education, and Speech Language Pathology and Audiology; two additional faculty members from the Department of Education; a faculty member teaching Educational Psychology selected by the department; and the associate dean for curriculum and undergraduate programs of the School of Humanities and Sciences, who serves as chair. Administrative support is provided by the School of Humanities and Sciences.
Committee duties include:
- Conduct review of all new programs and substantial changes in curricular content related to policies established by ACTEC.
- Monitor the unit assessment system for effectiveness and fairness; make recommendations for the purposes of program improvement.
- Investigate and provide recommendations concerning ongoing developments in the field of education.
- Provide an annual review and "State of Teacher Education at Ithaca College Report" to the provost and vice president for academic affairs.
2012-2013 ACTEC committee membership
|Member||Title and Department||ACTEC Role|
|Leslie Lewis||Dean, School of Humanities and Sciences||Unit Head|
|Craig Cummings||Interim Dean, School of Music|
|Linda Petrosino||Dean, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance|
|Stacia Zabusky||Associate Dean, School of Humanities and Sciences||Chair|
|Susan Avery||Associate Professor, Department of Music Education||Program Coordinator|
|Srijana Bajracharya||Professor and Chair of Graduate Program, Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education||Program Coordinator (graduate)|
|Jeane Copenhaver-Johnson||Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Education||Program Coordinator (undergraduate)|
|Linda Hanrahan||Associate Professor and Chair of Graduate Programs, Department of Education||Program Coordinator (graduate)|
|James Mick||Assistant Professor, Department of Music Education|
|Raj Subramaniam||Professor, Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education||Program Coordinator (undergraduate)|
|Jana Waller||Clinical Instructor, Department of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology||Program Coordinator|
|Luanne Andersson||Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology|
|Stewart Auyash||Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Health Promotion and Physical Education|
|Jeff Claus||Associate Professor, Department of Education|
|Teresa Michel||Instructor, Department of Education|
|Judith Pena-Shaff||Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology|
The ACTEC Chair and the Program Coordinators meet weekly during the academic year; the full ACTEC membership meets two to three times per year.
The work of ACTEC is also supported by staff located in the department of education:
- Diane Kinne, Teacher Certification Officer
- Mai An Rumney, NCATE Accreditation Coordinator
- Christine Hafer, Accreditation Records Specialist