Governance of the Professional Education Programs

Although programs in NAU PEP are dispersed university-wide, they are held together by elements in the shared conceptual framework that reflect faculty commitments to student success and preparation of high quality school professionals. Our vision is to develop educational leaders who create tomorrow's opportunities for young people through our programs and work with the PK-12 schools. Committed to offering  learning-centered programs that foster candidate success while upholding academic rigor, NAU's Professional Education Programs strives to personalize instruction and extra-curricular learning experiences. Information about our services, governance and procedures, programs, and evidence of educator performance can be located on our website.

The Coordinating Council in the Professional Education Programs

The Coordinating Council comprises the associate deans of each college from which programs in the unit are housed. The exception to this is the Director of the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL) who serves on the committee instead of the associate dean from the College of Engineering, Forestry, and Natural Sciences. 

The charge of the Council is to:

  1. Serve as an advisory committee to the Head of NAU PEP regarding concerns and needs of the program.
  2. Oversee the implementation of directions and decisions of the program.
  3. Oversee successful implementation of programs’ assessment plans/systems.

The Coordinating Council also assesses the governance and resources of the unit. It assesses the Unit’s leadership and authority to deliver programs, currency of program information and publications and faculty involvement in program development. It assesses the adequacy of the budget and facilities to support the preparation of P-12 school professionals, including available information technologies. It also assesses the fairness and appropriateness of faculty workloads.