Program Learning Outcomes
Early Childhood & Elementary Education
- Promote child development and learning
1a: Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of children's characteristics and needs.
1b: Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the multiple interacting influences on children's development and learning.
1c: Students will be able to use developmental knowledge to create learning environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child.
- Build family and community relationships
2a: Students will know about, understand, and value the importance and complex characteristics of children's families and communities.
2b: Students will be able to support and engage families and communities through respectful, reciprocal relationships.
2c: Students will be able to involve families and communities in their children's development and learning.
- Observe, document, and assess
3a: Students will understand the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment.
3b: Students will know about and use observations, documentation, and other appropriate assessment tools and approaches.
3c: Students will understand and practice responsible assessment to promote positive outcomes for each child.
3d: Students will know about assessment partnerships with families and with professional colleagues.
- Use developmentally effective approaches to connect with children and families
4a: Students will understand positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation of their work with children.
4b: Students will know and understand effective strategies and tools for early childhood and/or elementary education.
4c: Students will use a broad repertoire of developmentally appropriate teaching/learning approaches.
4d: Students will reflect on their own practice to promote positive outcomes for each child.
- Use content knowledge to build meaningful curriculum
5a: Students will understand content knowledge and resources in academic disciplines.
5b: Students will know and use the central concepts, inquiry tools, and structures of content areas or academic disciplines.
5c: Students will use their own knowledge, appropriate early childhood or elementary learning standards, and other resources to design, implement, and evaluate meaningful, challenging curricula for every child.
- Demonstrate professionalism
6a: Students will identify and involve themselves with the early childhood and/or elementary education field.
6b: Students will know about and uphold ethical guidelines and other professional guidelines.
6c: Students will engage in continuous, collaborative learning to inform practice.
6d: Students will integrate knowledgeable, reflective, and critical perspectives on education.
6e: Students will engage in informed advocacy for children and the profession.