All candidates in the School of Education are assigned a faculty advisor. Candidates have a right to request a change of academic advisor.
Undergraduate candidates are assigned academic advisors based on the major chosen. Advisors function as academic guidance counselors to help students to schedule their courses, to learn how to follow academic rules and regulations, and to make decisions regarding their future. Undergraduate and graduate candidate advising for School of Education candidates is directed by the Andrews University Working Policy (2:650:1).
Graduate candidates are normally assigned an academic advisor during their first semester of registration. The advisor counsels the candidate about academic requirements and expectations and helps the candidate to develop a course plan that meets these requirements.
Candidates in the School of Education are eligible for services provided by the Andrews University Counseling and Testing Center. Counseling services include but are not limited to career counseling, personal/emotional counseling, educational counseling, marital/premarital counseling, and substance abuse counseling. Testing services include GRE, PRAXIS, TOEFL, and other national tests.
The School of Education, along with Andrews University, complies with both state and federal law by allowing candidates the opportunity to review their educational records and by protecting the privacy of those records. (See “Right to Access to and Privacy in Educational Records,” Student Handbook.)
If a candidate feels that his/her academic rights have been violated, he/she should speak directly with the relevant professor. If the candidate is unsatisfied with the professor’s response, he/she may appeal to the department chairperson. Following a decision by the department chairperson, the candidate (or professor) may appeal to the appropriate academic dean, followed by an appeal to the Office of the Provost (based on 2010-2011 Student Handbook).
In keeping with the Andrews University Working Policy (2:437:6), candidates who dispute a grade received for a course (providing that the candidate believes the grade was assigned as a result of carelessness, arbitrariness, or capriciousness) should seek a resolution within one semester through the following steps:
Candidates should follow this protocol in dealing with other complaints:
The office of the Dean of the School of Education keeps a record on file of formal appeals that have arisen in the SED.
The School of Education abides by the grading system used by Andrews University, as outlined in the Andrews University Working Policy (2:437).
The School of Education seeks to prepare candidates with essential dispositions for successful professional work. All candidates for professional fields in education will be evaluated on the following eight professional dispositions as determined by the SED faculty:
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Candidates will be oriented to professional dispositions in the earliest introductory coursework in their programs (e.g., EDTE165 Philosophical and Social Foundations of Education, EDAL500 Administration Orientation) and will be made aware that they will be assessed on these dispositions multiple times throughout their programs.
In addition to these eight dispositions, School of Education programs may choose to add other relevant dispositions on which to evaluate their candidates.
To assist candidates’ growth in these dispositions, all candidates are regurlarly assessed. The timing for these assessments varies by program. Generally, candidates are assessed at program entry, at regular intervals throughout the program, and at program completion. In addition, dispositions may be assessed and reported on when candidates have engaged in specific instances of unprofessional behavior.
Any candidate who receives a rating below the Satisfactory level (less than 3 on the 5-point scale) on any disposition will be expected to develop an intervention plan, in collaboration with the advisor and/or supervisor, using the "Candidate Plans for Improvement" form. This applies both to regular (scheduled) dispositions evaluations and cases when candidates have engaged in specific instances of unprofessional behavior. Improvement will be monitored by the advisor and/or supervisor. Failure to show progress may result in the candidate’s termination from the program.
The School of Education values diversity among its candidates and the students, families, schools, and communities that they serve and will serve. SED candidates are expected to respect diversity among their fellow candidates, faculty and staff, and the students they serve (see AUWP 1:103).
In matters of recruitment, admissions, and evaluation of candidate performance, the SED does not discriminate against any candidate on the grounds of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, marital status, or physical challenge (see AUWP 2:425:1).
Because Andrews University and the SED serve very diverse constituencies (the worldwide Seventh-day Adventist church, conferences across North America, and local communities, both within the church and in the public sector), the SED is committed to preparing diverse candidates to serve in diverse school settings, both within the SDA church and in the public sector. In keeping with the Andrews University Statement of Mission (AUWP 1:103), candidates will be expected to demonstrate respect for ethnic and cultural diversity in all interactions with faculty, staff, colleagues, and students, in all settings, including in field experience and clinical practice settings.