Article I: Mission and Authority
The mission of the University Council on Teacher Education (UCTE) includes the following:
- To advise the Provost, the Faculty Senate, the deans of all colleges offering professional education programs and their faculties about all matters relating to professional education at the University;
- To ensure that the University of Delaware offers only professional education programs of high quality that are in full compliance with State and national standards and with the University’s conceptual framework for professional education.
- To advance communication and coordination within and between all faculties, cooperating practitioners, school administrators, teachers, and candidates in professional education programs at the University.
- To develop, implement, and evaluate plans to support the University’s commitment to faculty and student diversity, and to the inclusion of diversity in academic program content.
The authority of the Council rests in a letter from President Trabant, June 21, 1973, and recently reaffirmed by similar letters from Provost Campbell, December 7, 1983 and President Roselle, November 12, 1996.
Article II: Members
- Section 1: The University Council on Teacher Education shall include two classes of members: ex-officio and elected. The Council membership shall be limited to fourteen members. (Bylaw change adopted November 9, 2000 by UCTE vote.)
- Section 2: The ex-officio members of the Council will include: The Director of the Delaware Center for Teacher Education; the Director of the School of Education; the Coordinator of Secondary Teacher Education from the College of Arts and Science; and a dean’s representative from the College of Arts and Science, the College of Health and Nursing Sciences; and the College of Education and Human Development. Deans’ representatives must be able to make decisions on UCTE matters on behalf of their respective colleges. (Bylaw change adopted November 9, 2000 by UCTE vote; Bylaw change adopted February 19, 2003 by UCTE vote.)
- Section 3: The ex-officio members of the Council each spring will elect six additional members of the Council to staggered two-year terms. The elected members will be chosen to provide fair representation of the colleges and departments that offer professional education on campus and to give voice to the education profession and to candidates in programs under the Council’s jurisdiction. (Bylaw change adopted November 9, 2000 by UCTE vote.)
- Section 4: The ex-officio members of the Council each spring will select two professional education candidates, one from an undergraduate program and one from a graduate program, to serve as student representatives to the Council. Students will be chosen from professional education programs in two different departments/schools to give voice to candidates in programs under the Council’s jurisdiction. (Bylaw change adopted September 8, 1999 by vote of UCTE.)
Article III: Officers
- Section 1: The Director of the Delaware Center for Teacher Education will chair the University Council on Teacher Education. The Chair will be responsible for planning and distributing agendas of all Council meetings; for preparing and distributing minutes of meetings; and for representing the Council at appropriate University and State meetings. The Chair, in consultation with the ex-officio members of the Council, will prepare an annual budget plan for the Council. The overall plan shall be submitted to the full Council for approval. In addition, the Chair will be responsible for maintaining the historical archives of UCTE and teacher education on the University campus.
- Section 2: With the advice and consent of the full Council, the Chair of UCTE will appoint a member of the Council to serve as Chair pro tem to substitute for the Chair on occasions when he/she will be absent.
Article IV: Meetings
- Section 1: The Program Committee of the University Council on Teacher Education shall hold meetings at least twice each semester at a time to be determined by the Chair. (Bylaw change adopted November 9, 2000 by UCTE vote.)
- Section 2: Eight Program Committee members, including at least three ex-officio members, shall constitute a quorum. (Bylaw change adopted September 8, 1999 by UCTE vote.)
- Section 3: Ex-officio members may, on occasion, send a substitute (delegate) to a Council meeting as a representative, but not as a usual practice. Substitutes for ex-officio members shall not count against the standard for a Council quorum and they will enjoy voice without vote at the meetings they attend.
- Section 4: Special meetings of the University Council on Teacher Education may be called by the Chair or by a written request of four members of the Council. The purpose of special meetings shall be stated in the agenda or call, which must be distributed at least two days before the meeting.
- Section 5: All meetings will be conducted by the rules contained in Roberts’ Rules of Order. All ex-officio and elected members of the Council will have one vote and the requirements for majority vote or super majority vote will be determined by Roberts’ Rules of Order.
- Section 6: Representatives from the national, regional, state, and/or campus educational community may be invited to participate in UCTE meetings for particular purposes. As resource persons, they shall enjoy voice at the meetings but not vote.
Article V: Responsibilities
- Section 1: The Council functions as an advocate for professional education within the University and in the State arena. In this role, the Council maintains high standards for professional education programs and recommends sufficient resources to meet State and national program standards.
- Section 2: The Council monitors all professional education programs offered by the University of Delaware and is responsible for ensuring that State and national standards concerning professional education are met.
- Section 3: The Council and its members will serve as liaison to State program approval agencies and officials and to national accrediting associations. In this capacity the Council shall be responsible for the preparation of dossiers, portfolios, and other documents required by the State of Delaware and national accrediting bodies.
- Section 4: The Council shall review all proposals for new or revised programs in professional education prior to their submission to the Faculty Senate. As a result of its review, the Council shall recommend to the Senate as to whether the proposals for revision or for new programs reflect State and national standards and whether they merit approval or disapproval at the Senate level.
- Section 5: The Council shall establish, review, or approve policies pertaining to selecting, retaining, screening, and recommending candidates for licensure; clinical experiences, and other matters affecting licensure, accreditation, or University standards as they pertain to professional education programs. In addition, the Council or one of its committees shall hear petitions from faculty or students who seek interpretations of or exceptions to UCTE policies.
- Section 6: The Council approves the overall plan to expend the budget assigned to it by the University. The Chair may decide to spend amounts of $500 or less without consulting with the Council in advance.
- Section 7: The Council expects to participate collaboratively in the selection process of candidates for faculty positions where the job description calls for the successful applicant to serve in a full time instructor’s role in an approved professional education program.
Article VI: Committees
- Section 1: The Council is empowered by majority vote to appoint committees to carry out the mission of the Council. Committees may be given long term assignments so that they take on the role of standing committees of the Council or shorter term assignments where the committees act more as ad hoc committees or task forces. The membership of any committee appointed by the Council may or may not include UCTE members.
- Section 2: Every committee appointed by the Council will be given a specific charge, an estimate of the resources available to it, and a deadline for finishing its task.
Article VII: Amendment of Bylaws
- Section 1: Any member of the Council may propose a motion to amend the Bylaws. To be considered at a regular or special meeting of the Council, the motion must be included in the agenda/call of the meeting.
- Section 2: A motion to amend the Bylaws must receive at least 8 (2/3’s of the members) votes of the Council members to be approved.
Article VIII: Ratification of the Bylaws
Since these Bylaws are proposed as amendments to the current Bylaws, they must be approved by a majority vote of the appointed members of the current UCTE. (See paragraph 10 of the current UCTE Bylaws, dated August 12, 1996.)