Learning Goals

Students certified in education can expect to achieve the following learning goals:

  • PreK-4 Certification Candidates
    • Development, Cognition and Learning (child development, typical and atypical, birth through age 9; cognition and learning-applied in the classroom)
    • 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)
    • Assessment (observation and informal, summative, formative, diagnostic, benchmark)
    • Family and Community Collaboration Partnerships (family and community relationships, family collaboration and diversity)
    • Professionalism (evidenced based practices in Pre K- 4 care and education, advocacy, collaboration and cooperative learning, and issues and trends)
    • 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:
    • 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
    • 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 mathematic intervention approaches
    • Special Education Processes
      • Special education processes and procedures [Pre K-4]
      • Screening
      • Assessment
      • IEP development and evaluation
      • Secondary transition processes and procedures [7-12]
    • Professionalism
      • Demonstrate an understanding of:
        • Privacy laws
        • Collaboration
        • Professional development
    • Adaptations and Accommodations for Diverse Students in an Inclusive Setting and Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners

 

  • Secondary Certification Candidates:
    • Secondary Education (organizational structure of middle and high school; adolescent development)
    • 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
    • Assessment
      • Authentic
      • Screening
      • Summative
      • Formative
      • Diagnostic
      • Benchmark
    • Professionalism
      • Evidenced based practices
      • Professional associations
      • Advocacy
      • Collaboration and cooperative learning
      • Issues and trends
    • 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:
    • Development, Cognition, and Learning
      • Child development theory
      • Early childhood theory
      • Adolescent development
      • Organizational structure of schools
    • 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
    • Assessment
      • Authentic
      • Screening
      • Summative
      • Formative
      • Diagnostic
      • Benchmark
    • Professionalism
      • Evidenced based practices
      • Professional associations
      • Advocacy
      • Collaboration and cooperative learning
      • Issues and trends
    • Adaptations and Accommodations for Diverse Students in an Inclusive Setting and Meeting the Needs of English Language Learners