Mission Statement

The mission of the Elementary Education Program is to prepare pre-professional teachers to be successful and effective in present and future diverse learning communities. Emphasis, therefore, is placed on the development of pedagogy and content knowledge needed for effective classroom teachers. The B.A.E. program in Elementary Education provides opportunities for UNF graduates to demonstrate that effective teaching is a complex process based on an expanding knowledge base related to child development and learning processes. These include family theory, social context, appropriate curriculum, instructional practices, diversity, and inclusion. The core learning objectives of the Elementary Education (K-6) program, are correlated with the Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation at the Baccalaureate level, NCATE Standards, Subject Matter Content Standards for Florida Teachers, the College of Education and Human Services Conceptual Framework, the Florida Standards for ESOL teachers, Reading Competencies, and the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices, pre-professional level.

Student Learning Outcomes

UNF Elementary Education (K-6) graduates will be able to:
  Communication Skills
  • The candidate varied communication, both verbal, nonverbal and written, according to the nature and needs of the individual student and met the standard at the level expected of pre-service interns.
  • The candidate used alternative communication strategies for use with a variety of groups, including those for whom English is not their home language.
      Content Discipline Knowledge/Skills
  • The candidate developed and implemented plans that incorporated the Florida Sunshine State Standards and the professional content standards for teacher educators.
  • The candidate demonstrated proficiency with the twelve Florida Educator Accomplished Practices at the Preprofessional level
  • The candidate used appropriate instructional strategies, assessment techniques, materials and technology in developing learning experiences in content areas including literacy, math, social studies, and science for students.
  • The candidate communicated knowledge of subject matter in a manner that enabled the students to learn.
      Critical Thinking Skills
  • The candidate used higher order questioning skills and strategies in a variety of instructional situations using the revised Bloom's Taxonomy as a guide.
  • The candidate analyzed data for making instructional decisions in content areas including literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies.
  • The candidate demonstrated and modeled the use of higher order thinking abilities through verbal and written reflections and the ability to make changes in planning, practice, and assessment.

    Assessment Approaches

    UNF graduates of the B.A.E program in Elementary Education (K-6) program will demonstrate mastery of content knowledge and teaching skills through proficiency in core, major, and clinical experiences. It is expected that teacher candidates apply knowledge throughout the program by demonstrating understanding, competence, and effective implementation of the knowledge base related to child development and learning processes. Strategies to assess learning outcomes include: 1) demonstration of knowledge, skills and dispositions as required by NCATE and Florida DOE through a variety of identified critical tasks, surveys, and portfolio assignments, 2) passing all parts of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam for Elementary Education, 3) assessment of performance in field and clinical experiences , 4) feedback from employer satisfaction surveys, 5) feedback from stakeholder Focus Groups, and 6) public school student-UNF teacher impact data from the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test (FCAT).

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    For More Information

    http://www.unf.edu/coehs/college/departments/DCE/dce.htm http://www.unf.edu/coehs/college/departments/EFE/index.htm