Elementary Education (Pre K-4) Graduate

Learning Goals and Outcomes

Goal 1:  The student will demonstrate an understanding of learner development.

Objective 1.1:  The student will explain how learning occurs—how learners construct knowledge, acquire skills and develop disciplined thinking processes.  

Objective 1.2:  The student will identify readiness for learning and explain how development in one area may affect performance in others.  

Goal 2:  The student will demonstrate an understanding of learning differences.

Objective 2.1:  The student will identify and explain reasons for differences in children’s learning and performance.  

Objective 2.2:  The student will articulate learner strengths based on their individual experiences, prior learning, and peer and social group interactions, as well as language, culture, family and community values.

Goal 3:  The student will demonstrate an understanding of the central concepts of PK-4 teaching.

Objective 3.1:  The student will identify and describe major concepts, assumptions, debates, processes of inquiry, and ways of knowing that are central to PK-4 teaching.

Objective 3.2:  The student will identify and describe PK-4 content standards and learning progressions.

Goal 4:  The student will plan instruction that supports PK-4 student learning.

Objective 4.1:  The student will plan for instruction based on appropriate curriculum goals and content standards.  

Objective 4.2:  The student will plan instruction that is responsive to the identified strengths and needs of individual learners.

Goal 5:  The student will demonstrate understanding and effective use of multiple methods of assessment.

Objective 5.1:  The student will define and interpret types of valid and reliable education assessments (including screening, diagnostic, formative, summative, and authentic) and identify principles of their effective use.

Objective 5.2:  The student will analyze and interpret assessment data to identify patterns and gaps in learning, to guide planning and instruction, and to provide meaningful feedback to all learners and their guardians.  

Goal 6:  The student will demonstrate an understanding of educating for social justice.

Objective 6.1:  The student will describe key elements of interacting positively and respectfully with those of different racial, ethnic, language and socioeconomic backgrounds and sexual orientations.

Objective 6.2:  The student identify and describe practices and policies that reinforce inequalities and that undermine

List of Courses

Required courses for PA Certification PK-12 (42 credits):

EDU 550/550FHist & Contemp Perspect Educ3
EDU 551/551FPsych Teaching:Develop Perspec3
EDU 642/642FPerspectives in Early Child Ed3
EDU 632/632FReading Literature I3
EDU 646/646FLanguage and Culture3
SPE 600Found & Current Issues: Sp Edu3
SPE 612Inclusive Classroom Practices3
SPE 601EducAssessment& ProgMonitoring3
EDU 663/663FScience Methods PK - 43
EDU 665/665FInterscip Teach Math,Sci&Tech3
EDU 667/667FTeach Soc Stud Thru Arts PK-43
EDU 640/640FReading Literature II3
EDU 695PK-4 Student Teaching6

Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialist Endorsement

(12 credits) - Online

SPE 720/720FIntro ASD: Caus Diag & Advoc3
SPE 721/721FAug & Alt Com & Soc Stratg3
SPE 722/722FEvid Based Prac: AI&I Method3
SPE 723/723FAutism: Behv Manag Approaches3

 Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

SPE 600
600F
Found & Current Issues: Sp Edu
and FE: CurrentIssuesSPED:PracProc
3
SPE 608
608F
FamiliesSchls&Cmnty:CommCollab
and FE Families/SchoolsCommunities
3
SPE 612
612F
Inclusive Classroom Practices
and FE:Teach Inclusive Environment
3
SPE 730
730F
Ed Found - Deaf & Hard of Hear
and FE Foundations-Deaf Hard of He
3
SPE 731
731F
Lang, Lit & Comm Dev-Deaf & HH
and FE Lang/Lit/Comm For DHH
3
SPE 732
732F
Curr, Inst & Lrn Env-Deaf & HH
and FE Curric/Instruct/ DHH
3
SPE 733
733F
List & Spk Skills - Deaf & HH
and FE Listen/Speak Skills DHH
3
SPE 734
734F
Sign Comm in Instruct Settings
and FE Sign Comm in Instr Setting
3
SPE 739Student Teach & Prof Seminar6

 Specialist Endorsement in English as a Second Language

The English as a Second Language Program Specialist-ESL Endorsement Program requires 16 credits plus field experience hours

EDU 646Language and Culture3
EDU 710English Linguistics3
EDU 712Topics in Language Acquisition3
15 hours of field experience
EDU 713Method Teach English Sec Lang3
EDU 713FFE:Meth Teach English Sec Lang0
EDU 714Intnshp-ESL/Bilingual Programs (30 contact hours)4

The Graduate Teacher Certification  program is a non-degree granting certification program for students interested in earning certification. While it is recommended that coursework leading toward certification be done at the graduate level, the post-baccalaureate programs do not require graduate level work. Coursework for certification in this program may be done at the graduate or undergraduate level, or in a combination of the two. Students seeking to complete this program entirely at the undergraduate level should submit their applications to the Professional and Liberal Studies program (PLS).

EDU 550/550FHist & Contemp Perspect Educ3
EDU 551/551FPsych Teaching:Develop Perspec3
EDU 642/642FPerspectives in Early Child Ed3
EDU 646/646FLanguage and Culture3
SPE 600Found & Current Issues: Sp Edu3
SPE 612Inclusive Classroom Practices3
SPE 602DiagnosticAsses/ProgressMon3
EDU 663/663FScience Methods PK - 43
EDU 667Teach Soc Stud Thru Arts PK-43
EDU 640/640FReading Literature II3
EDU 695PK-4 Student Teaching6