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Welcome to DARTEP!

(Directors and Representatives of Teacher Education Programs in Michigan)

Dartep event For many years, Deans, Directors of Teacher Education, Directors of Student Teaching, Certification Officers, Michigan Department of Education officials and others who have a keen interest in the preparation of Michigan K-12 teachers have met to discuss the pertinent issues of the day. This organization has been a sounding board as well as a forum for careful analysis of best practice in the preparation of teachers. Although at times there may be disagreement over controversial issues, the tone of debate has always been cordial. As such, this organization serves as a kind of fraternity/sorority of like-minded professionals who value highly their association with one another. With the ever increasing complexity of the certification process, it is reassuring to know that DARTEP continues to serve as a forum where accurate information can be disseminated.

Next Meeting ... October 2, 2015, Grand Valley State University Pew Campus, Grand Rapids

Meeting information:

The DARTEP meeting will be held in the Conference Room 323 on the 3rd floor of the John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering, located on Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids. This is building #9 on the Pew Campus map.

The meeting begins with coffee and registration at 9:00 am; the formal convening is at 9:30. Lunch is at noon, and is sponsored by LiveText. At 1:00, Dr. Lance Tomei of LiveText will reprise his AACTE 2015 presentation on Designing Effective Assessments, and also present a LiveText update.

Enter the main door at the front of the building, and turn towards the staircase to access the third floor. There is an elevator located at the foot of the staircase, just to the left of the front door of Kennedy Hall. The meeting room is located at the top of the staircase.

The physical address for the building is: The John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering, 301 W Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49504.

  • Please park in the Fulton Lot, located downtown Grand Rapids at: 300 Fulton W., Grand Rapids, MI 49504. The lot is next to and under U.S. 131, and is indicated as lot #16 on the Pew Campus map. Inform any staff at the Fulton Lot gate that you are attending the DARTEP Meeting in Kennedy Hall.
  • Kennedy Hall is located directly across Fulton Street: it is a modern, glass-faced building. There is a crosswalk and light at the corner of W. Fulton St. and Mt. Vernon Ave.
  • Driving directions to the Fulton Lot can be printed from our website at:
  • Overflow parking is available in the Seward Parking Ramp, located across campus at 520 Lake Michigan Dr. Grand Rapids, MI 49504. This is building #20 on the Pew Campus map.
  • Agenda
  • Minutes from March 28, 2015
  • OPPS Update

Teleconferencing and WiFi information:

For online streaming, we will broadcast the DARTEP session live on YouTube. If you have a Google/YouTube account, you will be able to leave questions/comments you would like addressed during the meeting using the comment box below the video. We will attempt to address all comments during the meeting.

Please note there is a 1 minute delay in the broadcast as YouTube converts the video and streams it online.


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Email the MDE Prior to the Next Meeting

If you wish to email a question or concern to an MDE representative to which he or she can respond at the next meeting, use this link; if possible, state the name of the MDE rep you have in mind.

Meeting dates and locations for 2015-16:
  • October 2, Grand Valley State Univ.
  • December 4, Eastern Michigan Univ.
  • February 5, Oakland University
  • April 22, Hope College

Contingency Plans for Meetings When There is Bad Weather
  • In case of bad weather, future meetings will not be cancelled. They will be held virtually. Look for information about the meetings, and potential changes, on the DARTEP website and Twitter.

Accreditation News:

CAEP Accreditation Workshop Docs (Mar 26, 2015)

  • CAEP 101
  • Use of State Data
  • ED - Clinical Partnerships
  • ED - SPA or not
  • Holistic Scoring

CAEP Accreditation Workshop Docs (April 2-3, 2014) and Meeting Notes (Apr 2 MS Word file | Apr 3 MS Word file)

Certification update video, slides, etc. (Sept. 19, 2012)

Facts about teacher certification in Michigan (July 1, 2012) PDF file

Administrative rules - teacher certification code (May 24, 2012)

CAEP Overview (April 13, 2012) PDF file

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

MDE Info:

2014 Year Out survey results

OPPS website

Common Core State Standards

InTASC standards

Michigan's Educator Evaluation System

Our Future, Our Teachers: The Obama Administration's Plan for Teacher Education Reform and Improvement

October 8, 2010 - Michigan routes to certification for:

  • teachers PDF file
  • administrators PDF file

The new elementary education standards ms word icon were approved by the State Board of Education on Jan. 8, 2008.

MIEPI institutions working together to align TEAC quality principles and cross-cutting themes with MDE standards in vartious specialty areas. The results are freely available to use.

Exceptions to the requirement that secondary teacher candidates pass MTTC tests in minor areas of certification

Proposed Administrative Rule Changes (Teacher Certification, School Counselors, School Psychologists, Suspension/Revocation of Certificates)

Development Timeline for New Program Standards

Press Release: Governor Signs Bills Establishing Rigorous High School Curriculum

USA Today Article: Teacher Testing

Panel Considers Revamping College Aid and Accrediting

School Board Superintendant Monthly Podcast

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