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Elementary 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

Candidates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate application of theories and research in human development, pedagogy, diversity, and elementary curriculum content.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to create an inclusive classroom environment and advocate for equity and inclusion for all learners in the classroom community.
  3. Develop knowledge and skills to implement best practice to support the needs of all learners in a diverse society, and to enable all learners to develop a deep understanding of content areas and their connections and to build skills to apply knowledge meaningfully.

Content/discipline knowledge and skills are assessed at the program level through pre- and post-tests, papers, self-evaluations and/or targeted professional reflections, courses critical tasks, and internship experiences in the following: LAE 4416 Children’s Literature -- Annotated Bibliography, SCE 4310 Science Methods-- Subject Matter Knowledge, RED 4350 Literacy Content and Processes--Thematic Reading Strategy Application Project, EDG 3201 Professional Studies --Professional Studies Lesson Plan,  TSL 4520 Second Language Acquisition, Communication, and Culture---Field experience Log, TSL 4340 Methods, Curriculum, and Instructional Effectiveness in ESOL-- Assessment, Lesson Plan, ESL Teaching Strategy, & Reflection, EDE 4942 Integrated Field Experience Level I Clinical Experience-- Teaching Video, EDG 4937 Senior Seminar/ Data Driven Assessment/Instructional Improvement Plan.

Communication Skills

Candidates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate skills in effective communication and professional collaboration.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to use technology to enhance effective teaching.

Communication skills are assessed at the program level through pre- and post-tests, papers, self-evaluations and/or targeted professional reflections, courses critical tasks, and internship experiences in the following: EDF 3201 Diversity of Human Experience--- Analysis of Student and Family Learning Environments, RED 4310 Early Literacy-- Early Literacy Field Experience Log, SSE 4343 Social Sciences & Humanities-- Instructional Strategies in Social Studies, EDF 4470 Traditional Testing and Alternative Assessments-- Assessment & Action Research, EDG 4937  Senior Seminar---Data Driven Assessment/Instructional Improvement Plan.

 

Critical Thinking Skills

Candidates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate high standards and goal-setting abilities to enable people to achieve high standards.
  2. Use learner data to make data-driven decisions to improve instruction to help all learners reach high standards.
  3. Demonstrate critical reflection on practice and experience, leading to development of professional goals for continuous improvement in effective instruction and lifelong learning.

Critical thinking skills are assessed at the program level through pre- and post-tests, papers, self-evaluations and/or targeted professional reflections, courses critical tasks, and internship experiences in the following: MAE 4310 Math Content & Processes-- Mathematics Lesson Plan, EDE 4304  Integrated Math and Science—Unit Plan, EDF 4470 Traditional Testing and Alternative Assessments-- Assessment & Action Research, EEC 4307 Cognitive Exp for Yng Children—Assessment paper OR EEC 3268 Play Development & Assessment-- Individual Child Case Study, EDE 4942 Integrated Field Experience – Level I Clinical Experience--- Professional Development Plan for Classroom Management, EDG 4937 Senior Seminar --- Driven Assessment/Instructional Improvement Plan---Role of Teacher.

 

 

Elementary Education (B.A.)