Graduate Academic Learning Compacts

Year: 2007-2008
College: Education and Human Services
Department: Childhood Ed, Literacy & TESOL
Major: Elementary Education
Concentration: Elementary (K-6) Initial Cert

Mission Statement:

The Master of Education degree in Elementary Education, initial certification track is for graduate students who currently have no teaching credentials but who wish to prepare for careers in education. This degree program allows the student to earn a master's degree while completing a state-approved program for certification as a teacher. The program focuses on developing professional educators who demonstrate mastery of the twelve accomplished practices required of the Florida Department of Education and the knowledge, skills, and dispositions requisite for teaching and managing the learning experiences of all K-6 students. Furthermore, the program provides a set of teaching and learning experiences that are designed to develop professional elementary educators who wish to pursue in-depth study in particular interest areas, develop specific professional roles, engage in disciplined inquiry supporting educational enhancement, and address specific school needs. The program develops elementary educators who are dedicated, knowledgeable, collaborative, inclusive, decision makers, creative, inquisitive, reflective, and caring. The experiences are grounded in a vision of educators as active, responsive, and responsible leaders in learning communities that value diversity in thought, language and culture, excellence in education for all learners, communication (including speaking, listening, reading, writing, and through the arts and technology) as a fundamental and an essential process for survival in the global milieu of this century and a belief in the worth and dignity of all human beings. Moreover, the program emphasizes and facilitates the inclusion of planning, implementing, and evaluating strategies that have their impetus in empirical research, best and accomplished practices in schools, and the recommendations and mandates of professional organizations and national, state, and local educational agencies.
Student Learning Outcomes:


Apply knowledge and understanding of key concepts in the elementary curriculum


Plan and teach conceptually using Florida's Sunshine State Standards and content standards


Demonstrate proficiency with the twelve Florida Educator accomplished practices


Construct and adapt curricular experiences with attention to individual needs, experiential backgrounds, interests, professional learning standards, diversity and opportunities for personalized construction of meaning


Students will develop comprehensive instructional plans and assessments which demonstrate best practices and assure positive outcomes for all children

Curriculum Map:

Assessment Approaches:

Assessment Strategies: Assessment strategies are linked with the overall College of Education and Human Services' (COEHS) assessment system. COEHS integrates a versatile assessment system linking the performance of its candidates to the unit's conceptual framework, national and state standards, professional organizational standards and directives, and K-12 student learning. Graduate Faculty assess candidates' content and professional and pedagogical knowledge, skills, and dispositions through course-based assessments including portfolios, written comprehensive content examination, self report surveys, and field based teacher rating scales conducted by content experts such as public school standards coaches and principals. Undergraduate faculty assess candidates through the undergraduate assessment system which focuses on the monitoring and completion of course-based critical tasks and accomplished practices required of the Florida Department of Education. A major requirement of the program is a supervised student teaching internship. Program faculty will use student assessment data in periodic reviews of program effectiveness to strengthen the program's relevance, to improve its quality in achieving objectives and to document evidence of student learning.