Mission Statement

The mission of the Primary 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, pedagogy and content knowledge needed for effective classroom teachers. The B.A.E program in Pre-K Primary Education provides opportunities for UNF graduates to demonstrate that effective teaching is a complex process based on an expanded 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 (PK/Primary) are correlated with the NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation at the Baccalaureate level, NCATE Standards, Subject Matter Content Standards for Florida Teachers, the Conceptual Framework of the College of Education and Human Services, the Florida standards for ESOL Teachers, Reading Competencies, and the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices, pre-professional level.

Student Learning Outcomes

UNF PreKdg/Primary Education graduates will be able to:
  Communication Skills
  • Candidate developed and used communication strategies, including technology, with a variety of groups, including those for whom English was not their home language.
  • The candidate was able to use technology as a tool for keeping records and creating reports for schools, parents and students and in teaching a lesson.
      Content Discipline Knowledge/Skills
  • The candidate demonstrated proficiency with the twelve Florida Educator Accomplished Practices at the Pre-professional level.
  • Candidate understood child growth and development and demonstrated it through planning developmentally and culturally appropriate learning experiences for all children.
  • Demonstrated understanding of concepts and principles of behaviorism, social cognitive theory, information processing and constructivist views of learning, and motivation.
  • Developed knowledge, skills and dispositions to effectively manage the classroom environment
  • Developed knowledge and skills to design, assess and implement instruction that was inclusive of special needs learners and speakers of other languages.
      Critical Thinking Skills
  • Demonstrated critical reflection and ability to make changes in practice.
  • Provided developmentally and culturally appropriate learning experiences based on knowledge of individual children as well as theories of child development and learning.

    Assessment Approaches

    UNF graduates of the B.A.E program in Primary Education will demonstrate mastery of content knowledge, teaching skills, and dispositions through proficiency in course embedded assessments, activities, and critical task assessments in core, major, and clinical experiences at a proficiency level expected of a teacher candidate. Teacher candidate will effectively demonstrate understanding, competency, and implementation of content knowledge, teaching skills, and dispositions. Strategies to assess learning outcome include: 1) demonstration of knowledge, skills and dispositions as required by NCATE and Florida DOE through a variety of courses and field based assessment tasks, 2) passing all parts of the Florida Teacher Certification Exam for Pre-K education, 3) assignments and formal formative, summative and authentic assessments, 4) successful completion of all identified critical tasks, 5) assessment of performance and clinical experiences, 6) development of learning materials that facilitate children's learning experiences, 7) analysis of teaching performances in field experiences, and 8) feedback from employer satisfaction surveys.

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