M.A.T. in Special Education Program Outcomes
The mission of the MAT Special Education Program is to prepare teachers who are able to use effective pedagogy, both in instruction and classroom management in the P-12 setting for diverse learners with mild disabilities; committed and able to implement the application of principles of educational foundations based on high academic standards and best professional practice in the diverse learning needs of special education students with mild disabilities; committed to developing school and community partnerships that lead to addressing content in a variety of functional and academic areas so that students are prepared for graduation, post-secondary education, employment, and adult life; able to use reflective practices necessary to be effective teachers for students with diverse learning needs; and use technological resources as a tool for instruction, as well as for adaptive and assistance devices for students with disabilities in the P-12 setting .
The program supports the university mission of engagement by linking field experiences with coursework beginning with the junior semester and continuing through every semester until graduation. Teacher candidates are not only taught the concepts of identifying students with potential disabilities but participate in the collection of progress monitoring data, observation of the development of individualized instruction based on current educational standards, and the use of technology, included assistive technology to promote student growth and overall life success.
Student Learning Outcome 1 (Content Knowledge)
Graduates of the MAT in Special Education Program will demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of content needed to teach in interrelated disciplines as an independent teacher in a specialized setting or as a co-teacher in the general education setting. Candidates will:
a) Demonstrate an understanding of course content gained through Master’s level coursework by,
i. completing a comprehensive review of current research related to special education and mild disabilities and,
ii. describing and comparing characteristics of student with disabilities with students without disabilities.
b) Evaluate current research and practice in special education.
c) Collect and evaluate student performance data.
Student Learning Outcome 2 (Instructional Planning)
Graduates of the MAT in Special Education Program will plan effective teaching and learning experiences for diverse learners. Candidates will:
a) Describe the learning environment and the diversity of learners.
b) Identify data collection methods to determine current student performance by,
i. choosing multiple assessments to assess student performance and,
ii. describing assessment results related to student performance.
c) Describe of instructional strategies that address deficiencies in student performance.
d) Interpret assessment outcomes related to student performance and needs.
e) Define a range of current resources related to the improvement of student performance, including technology.
Student Learning Outcome 3 (Instruction)
Graduates of the MAT in Special Education Program will apply effective teaching and learning experiences during clinical. Candidates will:
a) Describe data collection procedures to assess student performance,
b) Develop instructional goals to meet the needs of diverse learners,
c) Identify multiple instructional strategies used in the clinical setting for diverse learners including,
i. stating a rationale for the use of instructional strategies,
ii. stating a justification for appropriate pairing of instructional strategies to instructional goals and,
iii. describing subsequent instruction to meet diverse needs.
d) Identify multiple assessments to measure instructional goals including,
i. stating a rationale to justify data collection and,
ii. reporting student performance related to instructional goals.
e) Define instructional competencies to demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the content they teach including,
i. identifying professional dispositions that ensure that all students learn.
f) Define a range of current resources related to the improvement of student performance, including technology.
Student Learning Outcome 4 (Assessment)
Candidates will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to assess and analyze student learning, make appropriate adjustments to instruction, monitor student learning, and have a positive effect on learning for all students. Candidates will:
a) Identify assessments to assess and monitor student performance including,
i. selecting a pretest to assess the current student performance and,
ii. selecting a posttest to assess the progress of student performance.
b) Critique the impact of instruction on student performance data including,
i. analyzing negative trends and,
ii. predicting potential achievement.
c) Interpret assessment outcomes related to student performance and needs.
d) Describe instructional procedures to modify instruction based on student performance data.
e) Describe data collection, analysis, and interpretation of the assessment process.
Last updated: 8/13/2015