To ensure that the educational experiences offered by the TED are both uniform and developmental, the TED faculty established a series of "modules" (i.e., Learning Activity Packages), one for each objective. Each course includes a Course Module for each objective (20% of final grade) that structures teaching and learning with a series of prescribed activities and projects. Students must complete the activities, but they are not submitted for review. Students must submit their projects for review.
The TED faculty believes that it is dangerous to allow students who know only a small percentage of what they are supposed to know to progress in their programs. Therefore, TED students are not allowed to progress, nor allowed to student teach or graduate, until and unless they have demonstrated (i.e., through quizzes, projects, examinations, etc.) that they have mastered all of the TED's objectives. Students must earn a C+ or better in all TED courses.
The TED faculty employs module-based quizzes. The faculty may provide opportunities to master material for students who earn less than a mastery-level score on a quiz.
Because they are usually not done or submitted until toward the end of a semester, the TED faculty can only use Course Projects summatively. While students are working on their projects, they may seek help and feedback from instructors; however, once they submit their projects, they will be graded.
Final exams, which in all cases are cumulative - all of a course's objectives are assessed - will be graded only summatively.
Although the TED faculty refuses to "teach to the test," they construct and administer quizzes and final examinations to parallel PRAXIS II- The National Teacher Examination.
TED faculty convert quiz grades, project points, and finals exam grades to produce percentage scores for courses and convert them to letter grades.
Students must post at least a C+ in all TED courses.
NOTE: Students must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA.
NOTE: Students who do poorly in field placements, practicum assignments, and student teaching may be invited to withdraw from those experiences. In unusual circumstances, after appropriate consultation and deliberation, faculty may decide to drop students from the experiences. Students, who withdraw from, are dropped, or who fail student teaching May still graduate from the University with a degree in Professional Studies is they have met the requirements for that degree and the minimum requirements for the University. Normally, they may not repeat student teaching.
Academic Integrity and the TED Honor Code
At the beginning of every course, instructors inform students of the details of the TED's Academic Integrity Policy (see TED Guidebook). The policy states that students are expected to do their own work (except when cooperative projects are assigned). If it is demonstrated that a student has submitted work done by others, the student's work is awarded a failing grade and the student is charged with a violation of the TEDs Academic Integrity Policy.
If students feel as though they cheated, purposely or inadvertently, they must inform their instructors within twenty-four hours of the incident.
If students feel as though other students cheated, purposely or inadvertently, they must also inform their instructors within twenty-four hours of the incident.
Failure to inform the instructors itself is a breach of the policy. For example, students who do poorly in a course may not complain afterward that others cheated, and they did not. That would represent retribution, not integrity.