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Executive Summary Endorsement for Schools Safety at Murray State University

General Description of the Program
Students entering the Endorsement for School Safety Program at Murray State University are certified teachers or administrators who seek the knowledge and skills to provide a safe, healthy, and nurturing school climate to promote student learning. They will also be skilled in strategic crisis planning, classroom management, "at-risk" student behavior interventions, successful teaching in alternative settings, safe school data analysis and crisis communications. The endorsement is meant to extend and complement the skills of the regular classroom teacher or administrator.

The Endorsement for School Safety is a twelve hour program with nine hours in the following three required courses:
ADM 677 Crisis Management in Educational Settings
ADM 675 Introduction to Alternative Education Settings
CNS 617 Introduction to Guidance

To complete the twelve hour requirement participants must choose from one of the following three hour courses:
SED 651 Social Competence for Safe Environments
SED 657 School Safety and Classroom Management
EDU 631 Classroom Management Student Motivation

Continuous Assessment

Faculty members recognize the importance of assessing student progress in the program. Assessment in the Endorsement for School Safety program is systematically planned and is continuous throughout the program sequence. A system of check points include: Admission to graduate study; this requires a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.50 for conditional admission and a 3.0 grade point average for unconditional admission. Mid-program checkpoint is approximately halfway through the endorsement program; students will meet with the graduate advisor to discuss progress, both strengths and areas of weakness. The Final Review of the Kentucky Safe Educators Standards; graduate faculty will conduct a final review to ensure that students have successfully demonstrated their achievement of the Kentucky Safe Educators Standards and program requirements.

Program Resources

Program resources will include but are not limited to the following: Internet access; School Codes of Conduct; Kentucky Department of Education, Kentucky Center for School Safety (KCSS), Kentucky Virtual University, Kentucky Virtual Library (KYVL), Kentucky School Boards Insurance Trust (KSBIT) , Kentucky School Board Association (KSBA), National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA), National Organization for Victims Assistance (NOVA), current educational periodicals, MSU Waterfield Library; U.S. Department of Justice; and the U.S. Department of Education.

Mode of Program Delivery

Through a sequence of 12 hours of coursework the mode of delivery will include: Lecture, videocassettes, simulations, guest speakers, Internet research, field observations, discussions and small group instruction.