Graduate Advising Center
At this point you will be working with the Graduate Advising Center (GAC) to make sure you are on track. UC offers a variety of programs in Education so all of the requirements do not apply to everyone. It is important to review your specific Plan Program/Curriculum Contract to know what is required of you.
GAC has provided you with a list of items you are required to have turned in by the time you complete your program. The list can be seen on your MyUC account located under the “Student Tab”. The list appears in red and will show the item(s) are past due. Please do not be alarmed when you see this, it is a computer glitch and you need not worry. We are simply letting you know what is still needed from you at this point, as well as, what will be required of you to complete the program. It is our hope that you will have a smooth transition when you exit your program.
The disposition surveys are required by everyone in the Education Program and are necessary for your continuous assessment throughout the program. If you recall when you were admitted into the program you were asked to provide UC with three letters of recommendation as an entrance requirement. There are two instructor disposition surveys required when you reach your mid-point. This will help us determine how you are doing at this point in your program. You will also be asked for one additional instructor disposition survey at the end of your program. Please click on the link titled Disposition Survey for this form. You can save the form and send it to your professor requesting him/her to complete it for you. Please have the professor send the survey to the Data Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
School Principal Disposition Form
You will need to have two (2) instructor assessments of disposition on file. One (1) disposition must be received from an instructor you have had throughout your coursework in your School Principal Program and one (1) disposition must be received from an administrator in your school district that you have documented field experience with for your School Principal Program. Once these forms have been completed, they can be emailed to our office at email@example.com. If you need to check on the receipt of your dispositions, please feel free to email our office directly.
The comprehensive exam is for candidates completing the Masters of Arts in Education, Rank I or a 30 hour Administrative Certification program as well as the Educational Specialist degree. MAT candidates who already hold a teaching license will also take this exam.
The comprehensive exam is designed to evaluate the candidate’s ability to integrate knowledge, demonstrate critical and independent thinking skills, as well as mastery of the field.
The exam is offered once each semester and should be taken toward the end of your program. Candidates applying for the comprehensive exam must submit the application the semester prior to completing their program. Applications should be sent to Kathy Cox
If you are unable to come to campus to take the exam then you will be allowed to have someone proctor your exam. The proctor should be a professional individual who is willing to administer the exam as well as follow the guidelines for the exam.
The capstone project consists of the development and submission of a portfolio and of an exit interview whereby the candidate is able to give an oral defense of their portfolio. The items in the portfolio should demonstrate that the masters’ candidate can meaningfully analyze, synthesize, evaluate and apply the knowledge gained from the graduate courses taken to real life education experiences.
More information about the capstone project is found in the Graduate Education Handbook and Graduate Student Teaching/Practicum Handbook. The Capstone Project is for MAT candidates pursuing initial teacher certification.
Application for Graduation
Candidates seeking a degree must apply for graduation. If you are in a non-degree seeking program then you will not need to apply for graduation. Applications for graduation must be completed the semester prior to completing. For more information on specific deadlines please refer to the Graduate Education Handbook. Please submit applications to the Office of the Registrar: firstname.lastname@example.org
Application for Student Teaching/Practicum
Candidates seeking initial licensure and not currently teaching are required to do Student Teaching. Candidates seeking initial licensure who are currently teaching with a Temporary Provisional License will do the Practicum instead. Applications for both must be submitted the semester prior to enrollment in Student Teaching/Practicum. For example, if you plan to do Student Teaching or Practicum in the fall semester, you will need to apply by January 31st and if you plan to do Student Teaching or Practicum in the spring you must apply by July 31th.
Once the application has been received the Certification Officer will process the application and register eligible candidates for the course. If for some reason you are not eligible to enroll in the course, you will be notified by the Certification Officer. Both applications are to be submitted to UC’s Certification Officer, Sherryll Jones.
Application for Administrative Practicum
Candidates seeking advanced licensure must apply for the Administrative Practicum. The application must be submitted the semester prior to enrollment in the Practicum course. For more information on specific deadlines please refer to the Graduate Education Handbook. Once the application has been received the Certification Officer will process the application and register eligible candidates for the course. If for some reason you are not eligible to be enrolled in the specified course, you will be notified by the Certification Officer. Please submit the application to Kim White.
On behalf of the Graduate Education Department and the GAC we would like to thank you for choosing the University of the Cumberlands to further your education.
This concludes the Mid-Point of your program. Please refer to the Graduate Education Handbook for more detailed information and remember, you can always contact the GAC office should you have any questions or concerns, we are here to assist you. GAC@ucumberlands.edu