Substantive Program Change
Dropout Prevention Specialist (DPS) Certificate Program
Request: The College of Continuing Education staff are requesting (a) Approval for substantive change to an existing program, and (b) Assigning the Dropout Prevention Specialist (DPS) Certificate Program to the Department of Teacher Education (Before the original DPS Certificate Program was terminated in 2004, it was offered by the College of Educationís Counselor Education Department.)
Background: The number of students leaving school without a diploma is growing at a startling rate. Many individuals are not aware of the rising student dropout rate or the detrimental effects this trend has had and will continue to have on our entire society. The College of Continuing Education (CCE) at Sacramento State is dedicated to helping to end this silent epidemic. Thus, CCE has created the DPS Certificate Program to (a) Increase awareness about this growing trend; and (b) Help train Dropout Prevention Specialists who can help students at-risk succeed in completing high school and receive a diploma. Furthermore, the DPS Certificate is required for educators to hold the position identified as SB 65 Outreach Consultant.
Program Description: The DPS Program is an academic credit certificate program designed to educate individuals dedicated to helping at-risk students succeed and increase the number of successful high school graduates. Dropout Prevention Specialists are key players in helping students stay in school and improving the quality of our nationís student graduates. Students earning a DPS Certificate learn to identify potential dropouts, understand the reasons students leave school, and gain the skills to implement prevention strategies in an effective and timely manner. These strategies are designed to integrate and involve all stakeholders (teachers, parents, and students) to prevent students from leaving school prematurely.
The DPS Certificate Program is compose of the following four, 3-unit courses:
EDTE 396D Introduction to Dropout Prevention; EDTE 396E Supporting Dropout Prevention at the Classroom Level; EDTE 396F Supporting Dropout Prevention at the School and Community Level; and EDTE 396G Comprehensive School Dropout Prevention Planning.
Justification for Approval for Substantive Change to an Existing Program: The College of Continuing Education offered the original DPS Certificate Program in October 1999 via the College of Educationís Counselor Education Department. However, for numerous reasons, e.g., staffing concerns, personnel changes, and the inability to offer classes in identified geographic areas, the program was discontinued approximately three years ago. The College of Continuing Education staff completely revamped the DPS Certificate Program and changed the program focus from a ďcounseling perspectiveĒ to one that focuses on empowering SB 65 Outreach Consultants and other school staff so they are better prepared to work with students and classroom teachers to lower the dropout rate. In addition, the instructional delivery methodology was changed from a classroom, face-to-face format to one that is delivered to students via a series of four, 3-unit classes that are delivered primarily on-line.
Justification to Change the DPS Certificate Program from the Department of Counselor Education to the Department of Teacher Education: The original DPS Certificate Program was originally offered through the Department of Counselor Education because its comprehensive counseling component; however, as previously stated, the revised program focuses on empowering SB 65 Outreach Consultants and other school staff so they are better prepared to work with students and classroom teachers to lower the dropout rate.
Fiscal Impact: None. The program is tuition-based; thus it will have no fiscal impact on the university or the College of Continuing Education.
Space and Equipment Utilization: With the exception of several face-to-face classes, the majority of the courses will be taught on-line; thus, this program will have little or no impact on space and equipment utilization at the university or the College of Continuing Education.
EDTE 390A - Introduction to Dropout Prevention
EDTE 390B - Supporting Dropout Prevention at the Classroom Level
EDTE 390C - Supporting Dropout Prevention at the School and Community Level
EDTE 390D - Comprehensive School Dropout Prevention Planning