Learning Goals

Students pursuing teacher certification can expect to achieve competency in the following areas for each of the specified certification programs:

PreK-4 Certification Candidates

    1. Development, Cognition and Learning (child development, typical and atypical, birth through age 9; cognition and learning-applied in the classroom)

    2. Subject Matter Content and Pedagogy (language development in early childhood, language development, academic success and learning to read, math foundations for the preschool years, early literacy foundations or the preschool years (Pre K-1), literacy foundations for the primary grades (2-4), differentiated reading instruction for the primary grades: focus on interventions, math foundations for the primary grades, social studies methods, science methods, motor development and health, social development and arts methods)

    3. Assessment (observation and informal, summative, formative, diagnostic, benchmark)

    4. Family and Community Collaboration Partnerships (family and community relationships, family collaboration and diversity)

    5. Professionalism (evidenced based practices in Pre K- 4 care and education, advocacy, collaboration and cooperative learning, and issues and trends)

    6. Adaptations and Accommodations for Diverse Students in an Inclusive Setting and Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners 

Special Education PreK-8 and 7-12 Certification Candidates:

    1. Evidence-based Instruction & Approaches for Different Disability Populations (evidenced based effective instruction for high and low incidence disabilities, pervasive developmental disorders, students with behavior disabilities, students with social and emotional disabilities, effective instructional practices and delivery methods for all levels of special education)

    2. Accommodations and Access to General Curriculum (instructional and assistive, technology; universal design to support reading, mathematics and writing; subject area content access for students with learning disabilities; intensive reading, writing and mathematics intervention approaches)

    3. Special Education Processes (special education processes and procedures [Pre K-4], screening, assessment, IEP development and evaluation, and secondary transition processes and procedures [7-12])

    4. Professionalism (demonstrate an understanding of privacy laws; collaboration; professional development)

    5. Adaptations and Accommodations for Diverse Students in an Inclusive Setting and Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners 

Secondary Certification Candidates:

    1. Secondary Education (organizational structure of middle and high school; adolescent development)

    2. Subject Matter Pedagogy (relationships between concepts; historical and evidence-based variety of approaches; engaging and motivating the typical and atypical adolescent learner; utilizing a range of resources and technology; supporting literacy development; differentiating instruction).

    3. Assessment (authentic, screening, summative, formative, diagnostic, benchmark)

    4. Professionalism (evidenced based practices, professional associations, advocacy, collaboration and cooperative learning, and issues and trends)

    5. Adaptations and Accommodations for Diverse Students in an Inclusive Setting and Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners 

K-12 (Art, Modern Language, Music) Certification Candidates:

    1. Development, Cognition, and Learning (child development theory; early childhood theory; adolescent development; organizational structure of schools)

    2. Subject Matter Pedagogy and Curriculum Development (relationships between concepts; historical and evidence-based variety of approaches; engaging and motivating the typical and atypical adolescent learner; utilizing a range of resources and technology; supporting literacy development; differentiating instruction)

    3. Assessment (authentic, screening, summative, formative, diagnostic, benchmark)

    4. Professionalism (evidenced based practices, professional associations, advocacy, collaboration and cooperative learning, and issues and trends)

    5. Adaptations and Accommodations for Diverse Students in an Inclusive Setting and Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners