Office of Educator Preparation

Professional Education Council

The Professional Education Council (PEC) is the entity charged by the university with unit accountability related to the management and coordination of all programs offered for initial, advanced and continuing preparation of educaors and othe PK-12 personnel, regardless of where these programs are administratively housed.  The Maine Department of Education (Chapter 114) requires that all educator preparation programs be governed within  a single unit; the PEC meets this requirement by forging connections between multiple pathways among the four colleges at USM. 

The PEC has three major purposes:  (a) to promote accountability and consistency across all programs and pathways vis-a-vis the conceptual framework, the assessment system and the capacity of the unit and its component parts to carry out all programs and pathways with integrity and high standards; (b) to review and approve policies and procedures, major curriculum changes, and evaluation studies related to initial and advanced educator certification and continuing preparation of educators and other PK-12 personnel at the University of Southern Maine; and (c) to provide a forum for communication and coordination between and among initial and advanced programs leading to professional credentials for K-12 schools.  Chaired by the Director of Education Preparation, the Council is composed of the faculty coordinators for each program or pathway and administrators from each college having educator preparation programs.  The Council meets as needed but at least three times annually.

PEC 2015 - 2016 Meeting Schedule:

  • September 18, 2015 (11a - 1p)  Originating at 311 Masterton Hall, Portland campus

  • October 16, 2015 -  PEC Meeting cancelled

  • November 20, 2015 (11a - 1p) Originating at 327 Luther Bonney, Portland campus

  • December 18, 2015 - No PEC Meeting

  • January 15, 2016 - No PEC Meeting

  • February 19, 2016 - (11a - 1p) Originating on Portland campus (Room TBA)
    Videoconference in 301 Bailey Hall, Gorham campus
    Videoconference in Room 104, LAC campus

  • March 18, 2016 - (11a - 1p) Originating in 301 Bailey Hall, Gorham campus
    Videoconference in Room 144 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland campus
    Videoconference in Room 104, LAC campus

  • April 15, 2016 - (11a - 1p) Originating in Room 104, LAC campus
    Videconference in Room 301 Bailey Hall, Gorham campus
    Videoconference in Room 144 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland campus

  • May 20, 2016 - (11a - 1p) Originating at 144 Luther Bonney Hall, Portland campus
    Videoconference in 301 Bailey Hall, Gorham campus
    Videoconference in Room 104, LAC campus

Agenda & Meeting Minutes

Unit Documents for the Governance, Assessment & Conceptual Framework Docs