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M.Ed. in Elementary Education – Program Mission & Outcomes

The mission of the MED in Elementary Education program is devoted to the following goals: a) Prepare teachers who are responsive to and are able to address the diverse academic and affective needs of all students in P-5 schools. b) Prepare teachers who are committed to and are able to implement high academic standards for all students in P-5 schools. c) Prepare teachers who are committed to developing school and community partnerships as part of the instructional programs in P-5 schools. d) Prepare teachers who have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to affect student learning among special school populations in P-5 schools. e) Prepare teachers who incorporate technological resources to enhance student learning. And f) Prepare teachers who are committed to and are able to apply best practices in P-5 schools. The mission of the MED in Elementary Education Program also supports the university mission by enhancing the quality of life in the region through collaborative relationships supporting education, cultural experiences, technological advancement, and regional development. The program, in a fully online format, provides all candidates a student-centered environment that promotes collaboration, technological advancement, and lifelong learning.

The MED in Elementary Program is designed to promote the following four learning outcomes for all students:
SLO#1: Graduates in the MED in Elementary Program will demonstrate content knowledge in their subject areas, which will include:
a) gathering evidence of content research ,
b) developing unit goals and objectives,
c) developing assessment plans and rubrics,
d) creating an instructional design overview of the Differenced Math Unit Plan Assignment that includes learning experiences using math games, children literature, and instructional matrix,
e) constructing class descriptions,
f) developing the Understanding by Design Science Instructional Unit Assignment that includes desired results, key knowledge and skills, unit rationale and summary, learning plan and calendar, and lesson plans, and
g) utilizing resources, materials, and professional presentations.

SLO#2: Graduates in the MED in Elementary Program will demonstrate planning effective teaching and learning experiences for diverse learners, which will include:
a) developing appropriate content and skills,
b) using GPS, GPS Skill matrices and NCSS standards,
c) developing essential questions and assessments,
d) appropriating time span,
e) developing instructional strategy descriptions with differentiation/modification for diverse learners, including ESOL,
f) building connections across the curriculum, and
g) justifying for the unit.

SLO#3: Graduates in the MED in Elementary Program will apply effective teaching and learning experiences during field experiences, which will include:
a) developing an education autobiography,
b) developing philosophy of teaching ,
c) developing integrated unit plan,
d) analyzing current teaching
e) creating planned steps for future teaching revisions.

SLO#4: Graduates in the MED in Elementary Program will effectively assess and analyze student learning, which will include:
a) gathering and reflecting on current performance data and demographics,
b) identifying learning targets for the chosen unit of study,
c) planning assessment strategies that allow students to reflect on their own learning and developing instructional goals,
d) constructing formative assessments to inform instructional decisions,
e) evaluating and analyzing assessment results to improve student learning,
f) examining assessment data and develop strategies to communicate clear feedback to students and their families,
g) developing strategies for using available resources to record student progress,
h) analyzing and developing consistent, fair, and accurate grading procedures,
i) using assessment data to make adjustments in teaching and improve student performance, and
j) reflecting on the assessment plan.

SLO#5: Graduates in the MED in Elementary Program will demonstrate dispositions that
are expected of educators and indicate commitment to the knowledge, skills, dispositions of the profession, diversity, and technology, which will include:
a) applying current research and theory,
b) advanced levels of skill characteristic,
c) developing strategies to improve professional practice,
d) professionalism in decision making,
e) knowledge of diversity concerns,
f) developing strategies to address diversity awareness and responsibilities ,
g) using a full range of differentiated instructional principles,
h) using advanced technology,
i) modeling the use of appropriate emerging technologies,
j) systematic reflection processes, and
k) using authentic, multi-dimensional assessments.


Last updated: 2/13/2018