Educator Certification Coordinator Webster University
Position Number: S1001
Job Description Summary: Serves as the Certification Officer and coordinates the certification process for all approved Educator Preparation Programs across the university. Currently this includes all initial teaching certification programs (BA in Education, Bachelor's in Music Education, and Master of Arts in Teaching) and advanced certification programs (School Leader, School Psychologist, English Language Learners, Special Reading, and School Counselor). Reports to the Dean of the School of Education.
Minimum Qualifications Bachelors Degree in education or related field. 2-4 years administrative and/or data management experience. Ability to work without supervision to meet the needs of a variety of duties. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to work effectively with university personnel, state personnel, and school district personnel. Ability to make decisions and adapt procedures based on knowledge of university and state policies that are in the best interest of students and programs. Ability to analyze and interpret data and maintain data confidentiality. Ability to design computer databases, spreadsheets, and documents for use in record-keeping, data-sharing, correspondence, and data analysis.
Preferred Qualifications Knowledge of local school districts, their policies, procedures, and schedules. Knowledge of the various needs of students from diverse, various age groups. Current knowledge of Missouri state teacher certification requirements. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with students. Knowledge of education reform and current issues related to public education and educator preparation.
Essential Duties Management of Educator Certification Processes:
Admission Provides initial consultation to prospective graduate certification students. Evaluates prospective graduate student academic transcripts of to determine if degree admission requirements are met, per the SOE specialty admission process. Evaluates prospective undergraduate transfer and graduate student academic transcripts determine which courses meet teacher certification requirements; consult with faculty as-needed. Recommends for admission all initial certification students to the Teacher Certification program after review of all coursework and other admission requirements. Forwards to appropriate faculty member for final admission decision.
Maintains a shared and accessible candidate certification database. Calculate the cumulative, content, and departmental grade point averages (GPA) required for each candidate throughout the program ensuring GPAs meet state and program requirements for admission, monitoring, and completion.
Reviews transcripts of initial and advanced certification candidates (graduate and undergraduate) to ensure they have met all certification requirements. Submits recommendations for certification to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Assists other program completers with instructions to submit appropriate documents to DESE for certification.
Approves state approved verification forms for graduates who move to other states.
Participates in classes, such as the Apprentice Teaching Seminar, and at special events for current and prospective students, such as the annual Teacher Recruitment Fair, and admission events and open houses, to provide information on and assist with state certification policies, procedures, and requirements.
Refers students to appropriate University resources.
Stewardship of Educator Certification Information:
Serves as an authority on certification issues, policies, and procedures.
Provides the Dean and program coordinators with data, reports, and/or suggestions for program improvement, development, or policy implementation.
Ensures all educator preparation programs and courses meet Missouri state requirements as set by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
Represents Webster University at DESE and Missouri Association for Colleges of teacher Education (MACTE) meetings; attends other meetings and webinars to stay current on certification requirements.
Keeps abreast of changes that DESE makes to state certification policies, procedures, and requirements and communicates changes to appropriate faculty, staff, and students.
Participates, where necessary, at departmental and school meetings, and makes recommendations for program policies and procedures.
Communicates the certification regulations to faculty to ensure that courses and curriculum meet DESE requirements and prepare candidates to successfully complete the program.
Consults with faculty and assists with developing and updating handbooks for programs leading to state certifications.
In consultation with faculty, maintains, updates, and gets approval for DESE matrices with all courses that fulfill state competencies. Revises matrices when state certification policies, procedures, and requirements change or when university courses change.
Develops, in consultation with faculty, procedures to implement DESE policies, procedures, and requirements throughout the program such as entrance assessments, GPA, and exit assessments.
Ensures that data needed on initial and advanced certification candidates is maintained in CX and shared accessible databases, including admission criteria, GPA, exit GPA, and certification dates, so that data reports for federal, state, and programs are accurate.
Collaborates with the Coordinator of Assessment and Analysis to ensure that data that is needed for federal and state reports is current, verified, and accessible.
Develops a working relationship with certification officers at other colleges and universities in order to consult with them on changes and other issues surrounding certification.
Webster University is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to maintaining a culturally and academically diverse faculty and staff of the highest caliber. Accordingly, Webster University provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, ethnicity, age, protected veteran or disabled status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.
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