CONSTITUTION OF THE
OKLAHOMA ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES FOR TEACHER EDUCATION
Article I – Name
The name of this organization shall be "The Oklahoma Association of Colleges for Teacher Education."
Article II – Purposes and Objectives
The purposes of the Association are:
1. To provide, through a professional organization, the foundations for coordination and cooperation, and the continuing search for and promotion of ideas and practices which are most effective in the education of teachers and other education professionals.
2. To represent the education of teachers and other education professionals before all segments of the public as professions of high calling carrying special responsibilities for the development of competent citizens in the State of Oklahoma.
Consistent with these purposes, the major objectives of this organization are similar to the objectives of the AACTE as they apply in and for the State of Oklahoma .
1. To provide for the assimilation and dissemination of information regarding teacher education to the public and private sectors of the educational community.
2. To exchange reports, experiences, and ideas with educators of teachers and other education professionals in other states and countries as a means of improving teacher education and of strengthening national and international understanding and cooperation.
3. To cooperate with other professional organizations and agencies in activities designed to establish desirable directions, goals, and standards for teacher education.
4. To stimulate and facilitate research, experimentation, and evaluation in teacher education and in related problems of learning and teaching; to serve as a clearing house of information and report on these matters; and to publicize the findings of studies that have significance for the improvement of teacher education.
5. To assist, coordinate and cooperate with relevant state agencies, the public and the Oklahoma legislature regarding teacher education program needs and state of the art.
6. To recommend to the aforementioned bodies necessary changes and improvements in programs governing policies, accreditation and approval processes and/or administrative procedures.
Article III – Membership
The membership shall be composed of those colleges and universities in the State of Oklahoma having state approved programs in teacher education and offering at least the baccalaureate degree. Functions of membership shall be exercised by institutional representatives appointed in accordance with provisions in the Bylaws for each of the following categories of membership:
A. Regular Membership. All regionally accredited colleges and universities which are state accredited to offer teacher preparation programs and are AACTE member institutions are eligible for membership.
B. Associate Membership. All other regionally accredited colleges and universities which are state accredited to offer teacher preparation programs and are non-AACTE member institutions are eligible for membership.
C. Affiliate Membership. Four-year institutions that are not eligible for regular or associate membership but which are seeking state accreditation in teacher education from the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation will be eligible for affiliate membership.
Article IV – Officers
The officers of the Association shall be a President, President-elect, and a Vice President elected in accordance with the Bylaws.
Article V – Board of Directors
The Board of Directors shall be elected by institutional representatives in accordance with the requirements set forth in the Bylaws.
Article VI – Meeting
The Association shall hold an Annual Meeting and such other meetings as may be determined by the Board of Directors.
Article VII – Rules of Order
The rules of parliamentary procedure contained in Robert's Rules of Order (latest revision) shall govern the deliberations of the Association.
Article VIII – Affiliation
The OACTE shall be affiliated with the AACTE in accordance with policies approved by the AACTE Board of Directors.
Continuance of affiliation shall be contingent upon:
1. Maintenance of a membership of at least two-thirds of the AACTE member institutions in the state.
2. Assurance that voting rights of regular member institutions comprise a minimum of 51 percent of the total voting rights of the Association.
3. Submission to the National Board of Directors of an annual state activity report to include a review of program and fiscal activities and a certification of membership within the state unit.
Article IX – Amendments
Proposed amendments to this Constitution shall be submitted in writing to the state Board of Directors by institutional representatives; such proposed Amendments must be mailed to all member institutions at least two weeks before the meeting at which they are to be voted upon; if approved by a majority of representatives at the meeting, they shall then be sent to all authorized institutional representatives by mail or E-mail ballot, with a two-thirds majority of the ballots cast required for ratification. Proposed amendments must also be approved by the AACTE Board of Directors.
Article X – Bylaws
Bylaws may be adopted or amended by the Board of Directors subject to a majority vote of institutional representatives for the regular membership at a regular or special meeting and approval of the national Board of Directors.
OKLAHOMA ASSOCIATION OF COLLEGES FOR TEACHER EDUCATION
Article I – Membership
A. Regular Members
B. Associate Members
C. Affiliate Members
D. Application for Membership
Charter membership shall be determined by the 1987-88 list of OACTE member institutions. Thereafter, membership application should be made to the State Board of Directors at least two months before the Annual Meeting. A majority vote of regular member institutional representatives present at the Annual Meeting is required for acceptance.
An Executive Committee of the Board of Directors may be established by the Board to carry on the business of the Association between meetings.
The President and President-elect shall serve as representatives to the Advisory Council of State Representatives (ACSR) Summer Leadership Institute. In the event that one or both representatives cannot attend, a representative or representatives will be appointed by the membership. Reimbursement of expenses shall be made to both positions to include registration fee, travel, lodging, and meals.
Article VI – Elections
All elections of officers of the Association and members of the Board of Directors shall be conducted by mail or E-mail ballot prior to May 1, each year. Elected officials shall assume office in July, each year.
The association shall hold one annual meeting and such other meetings on such days and at such places as may be determined by the Board of Directors.
A majority of the voting members of the Association shall constitute a quorum for the transition of business. The action of a majority of those present at a meeting at which a quorum is present shall be the action of the Association.
The association shall have standing committees who respond to the following charges:
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Date last updated: September 30, 2009