School of Education
The School of Education fosters a student centered and knowledge centered environment in which assessment is used to support learning and wherein our candidates understand interpersonal relationships, ethical practice, and use reflection as a tool for professional growth.
1. Student Centered Environment
- An understanding of human development and of the diverse individual and contextual factors that influence motivation and learning, and the ability to differentiate instruction to promote student learning.
- An understanding of classroom organization and management, and the ability to design and maintain safe and mutually respectful learning environments that support student motivation, social interaction and learning.
2. Knowledge Centered Environment
- An understanding of the disciplines and their specific pedagogy, and the ability to organize and express knowledge in multiple ways to promote mastery of content.
- An understanding of learning as a socially-mediated, constructive process, and the ability to use evidence-based instructional methods and emerging technologies to support learning, problem-solving, and critical thinking.
3. The Use of Assessment to Support Learning
- An understanding of assessment as an ongoing process involving multiple sources of information and varied assessment techniques, and the ability to design/select assessments to monitor and evaluate student progress.
- An understanding of how assessment informs instruction, and the ability to use assessment data to adjust instruction to support student learning.
4. Professional Practices
- An understanding of the importance of effective interpersonal relationships and ethical practice, and the ability to collaborate with students, parents, colleagues, and the community to promote students' learning and well being.
- An understanding of the use of self-evaluation and reflection as tools for professional growth, and the ability to use the resources within the school and broader professional community as supports for growth as a teacher and leader.