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Early Childhood Education (B.A.)

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Academic Learning Compact

Consistent with its mission and guiding principles, Florida Gulf Coast University is committed to academic excellence and continuous quality improvement, as supported by a sound teaching-learning process. Within this process, students and instructors share responsibility for learning that is a movement from the simple to the complex, the concrete to the abstract, and the dependent to the independent. The Academic Learning Compact (ALC) initiative supports the teaching-learning process by clearly identifying expected core student learning outcomes in the areas of content/discipline knowledge and skills, communication skills, and critical thinking skills; aligning curricula with expectations; and using assessment to guide continuous improvement.
Content/Discipline Knowledge and Skills
Graduates will be able to:

1. Align instruction with state-adopted standards at the appropriate level of rigor

· EEC 4936 – Teacher Work Sample

2. Adapt the learning environment to accommodate the differing needs and diversity of students

· EEC 4936 – Teacher Work Sample

Content/discipline knowledge and skills are assessed at the college and departmental levels through the following:

1. Critical Task Assessments – Each course in the program has one or more assignments that provide opportunities to demonstrate growth and competency on multiple program outcomes.

2. Teacher Work Sample - During final internship, students design and implement a Teacher Work Sample which includes planning and delivering an instructional unit, analyzing data for impact on student learning, and reflecting on the outcome of the lesson.

3. Assessment of Educational Standards – Students self-evaluate their competency on each of the program outcomes during their final internship with input from cooperating teacher and university supervisor.

4. Portfolio – Students develop an electronic portfolio that contains authentic examples of their competency on the outcomes in an integrated fashion.

5. Certification exams – Students must pass the Florida Teacher Certification Exams (FTCE) prior to graduation – General Knowledge Test (GKT), Professional Education Text (PEd), PreK-3 Subject Area Exam (SAE).

Communication Skills
Graduates will be able to:

1. Model clear, acceptable oral and written communication skills

· EEC 4268 Communication Brochure

2. Integrate current information and communication technologies

· EDG 3201 – Classroom Management Plan

· EEC 4940 – Level II Internship Final Evaluation

Communication skills are assessed at the college and departmental levels through the following:

1. Critical Task Assessments – Each course in the program has one or more assignments that provide opportunities to demonstrate growth and competency on multiple program outcomes.

2. Teacher Work Sample - During final internship, students design and implement a Teacher Work Sample which includes planning and delivering an instructional unit, analyzing data for impact on student learning, and reflecting on the outcome of the lesson.

3. Portfolio – Students develop an electronic portfolio that contains authentic examples of their competency on the outcomes in an integrated fashion.

4. Portfolio – Students develop an electronic portfolio that contains authentic examples of their competency on the outcomes in an integrated fashion.

Critical Thinking Skills
Graduates will be able to:

1. Employ higher-order questioning techniques

· EEC 4936 – Teacher Work Sample

2. Use a variety of data, independently, and in collaboration with colleagues, to evaluate learning outcomes, adjust planning and continuously improve the effectiveness of the

· EEC 4307 – Assessment Paper

· EEC 4936 – Teacher Work Sample

Critical thinking skills are assessed at the college and departmental levels through the following:

1. Critical Task Assessments – Each course in the program has one or more assignments that provide opportunities to demonstrate growth and competency on multiple program outcomes.

2. Teacher Work Sample - During final internship, students design and implement a Teacher Work Sample which includes planning and delivering an instructional unit, analyzing data for impact on student learning, and reflecting on the outcome of the lesson.

3. Assessment of Educational Standards – Students self-evaluate their competency on each of the program outcomes during their final internship with input from cooperating teacher and university supervisor.

4. Portfolio – Students develop an electronic portfolio that contains authentic examples of their competency on the outcomes in an integrated fashion.