Introduction

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 are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). 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.

Current Members

2014-2015 ACTEC committee membership

Member Title and Department ACTEC Role
Leslie Lewis Dean, School of Humanities and Sciences Unit Head
Karl Paulnack Dean, School of Music Unit Head
John Sigg Interim Dean, School of Health Sciences and Human Performance Unit Head
Stacia Zabusky* Associate Dean, School of Humanities and Sciences Chair
Beth Peterson* Professor, Department of Music Education Program Coordinator
Raj Subramaniam* 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)
Keith Kaiser* Professor and Chair, Department of Music Education Program Coordinator
Phoebe Constantinou* Associate 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  
Sherry Deckman Assistant Professor, Department of Education  
Teresa Michel Instructor, Department of Education  
Nia Nunn-Makepeace Assistant Professor, Department Education  

*Indicates membership in the ACTEC Operations Subcommittee.

The work of ACTEC is also supported by staff located in the department of education:

  • Bonita Ferguson, Teacher Education Certification Specialist
  • Emily Hess, Field Experiences Coordinator and edTPA Coordinator
  • Mai An Rumney, Accreditation Coordinator