College of Education Defense of Degree
Dear College of Education Graduate Student:
Greetings! In Dallas Baptist University’s quest for meaningful assessment of graduate candidates, the process of creating a Defense of Degree is explained in the College of Education Defense of Degree PowerPoint presentation. The Defense of Degree allows the candidate to present information about themselves as learners and to document growth over a period of time.
The Defense of Degree should be a collection of artifacts accompanied by self-reflections that not only help the learner to understand and extend learning, but also invite the reader of the defense to gain insights about the learner. Please refer to the Defense of Degree PowerPoint presentation for appropriate procedures to follow in your preparation of your Defense of Degree.
All graduate candidates in the College of Education are required to prepare and present a Defense of Degree to the Educator Preparation Board prior to graduation. Candidates must register for 6010 (Defense of Degree) during the semester in which they will present their defense. The Educator Preparation Board is a group of experienced and widely successful educators from Dallas Baptist University and the metroplex. Practicing teachers, administrators, consultants, superintendents, guidance directors, personnel directors, and Educational Region Service Center personnel, as well as DBU professors and administrators volunteer their time for this highly selective process. The Educator Preparation Board serves as the College of Education Graduate Programs advisory board and meets three times a year to assess graduate candidates' Defense of Degree.
During the fall and spring semesters, a date is publicized for a Defense of Degree Workshop. The Program Directors will attend, review the portfolio manual on how to prepare a portfolio, discuss components, and provide guidelines for presentation and delivery.
Candidates will present their Defense of Degree to the Educator Preparation Board at DBU's Dallas campus.
Download the College of Education Defense of Degree PowerPoint:
Defense of Degree PowerPoint
College of Education Graduate E-Portfolio
Dallas Baptist University’s educator preparation programs strive to provide a quality learning experience that enables all candidates to impact P-12 learning. The E-Portfolio is designed to be an individualized collection of documents to prepare the candidate for future positions; demonstrate the candidate’s ongoing knowledge, skills, experiences, and dispositions; and provide the candidate with the opportunity for self-reflection. All graduate candidates are required to compile and maintain an electronic, developmental E-Portfolio. There are three types of documents that must be included in the E-Portfolio: required documents, foundational elements, and competency artifacts. Throughout the program, the candidate will collect these documents and upload them to their designed TaskStream account.
The organization of E-Portfolio is governed by the State Board of Educator Certification standards and competencies, DBU/InTASC competencies, and DBU’s Educator Preparation Provider competencies in addition to specific field of study competencies.
The E-Portfolio will be used to assess your development as you proceed through your designated program. Candidates who do not have all required documents and “signature assessments” uploaded into TaskStream will not be allowed to proceed to the next level as designed by these Transition Points:
Transition Point One: Requirements for Program Admission
Transition Point Two: Requirements for Program Entrance
Transition Point Three: Requirements for Program Continuance
Transition Point Four: Requirements for Program Completion
Transition Point Five: Requirements for Program Evaluation
It is the candidates’ responsibility to meet with their designed program director and/or advisor to discuss the E-Portfolio required documents, checkpoint scoring, foundational elements rubric, and the competency artifacts rubric.
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