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Secondary Biology Education (B.A.)

Learning Outcomes

 
 

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. Deliver engaging and challenging lessons

· SCE 4330 – Science Methods 6-12 - Teaching Demonstration - Planning

· SCE 4940 Level II Internship Final Evaluation – Critical Thinking

2. Demonstrate understanding and application of content knowledge through the development of subject specific lesson plans

· SCE 4330 – Science Methods 6-12 Teaching Demonstration

· SCE 4940 Level II Internship Final Evaluation

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), Biology 6-12 Subject Area Exam (SAE).

 

Communication Skills
Graduates will be able to:

1. Model clear, acceptable oral and written communication skills

· EDG 3201 – Professional Studies Lesson Plan – Use of Communication Strategies

· SCE 4940 – Level II Internship Final Evaluation - Communication

2. Support encourage, and provide immediate and specific feedback to students to promote student achievement

· SCE 4941 – Level I Internship Teaching Video - Communication

· SCE 4940 – Level II Internship Final Evaluation - Communication

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. Plan inquiry-based instruction to address student preconceptions & misconceptions

· SCE 4330 – Science Methods 6-12 - Lesson Plans

· SCE 4940 – Level II Internship Final Evaluation

2. Plan and modify instruction based on student assessment data

· SCE 4330 – Science Methods 6-12 - Impact on Student Learning

· SCE 4941 – Level I Internship - Analysis of Student Learning

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.