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DRAFT Undergraduate Catalog 2014-2015 DRAFT

CatalogGraduateSchool of EducationMSSSLearning Outcomes

Middle Grades, Secondary, and Specialized Subjects Learning Outcomes

Middle Grades, Secondary, and Health/Physical Education

  1. The candidates will possess in-depth content knowledge to enhance 21st century skills in the specialty area that they teach.
  2. The candidates will know how to implement pedagogical strategies based on the  Common Core State Standards, NC Essential Standards and CAEP.
  3. The candidates will design, implement and report research projects conducted in their classroom/school which integrates research with teaching and service.
  4. The candidates will utilize technology to enhance instruction, learning, research, assessment and data management.
  5. The candidates will promote an educational culture that values reflective practice.
  6. The candidates will demonstrate the value of diversity and promote instruction that is responsive to all learner needs.
  7. The candidates will demonstrate leadership skills to advocate for students, communities, policies and practices that support student learning and development.

Special Education - Initial

  1. Candidates will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the field as an evolving and changing discipline based on philosophies, evidence-based principles and theories, relevant laws and policies, diverse and historical points of view, and human issues that have historically influenced and continue to influence the field of special education and the education and treatment of individuals with exceptional needs both in school and society.
  2. Candidates will be able to produce evidence of their knowledge and analysis of the similarities and differences in human development and the characteristics between and among individuals with and without exceptional learning needs.
  3. Candidates will be able to exhibit their depth of understanding, research and strategies related to how the experiences of individuals with exceptional learning needs can impact families, as well as the individual's ability to learn, interact socially, and live as fulfilled contributing members of the community.
  4. Candidates will be able to create products of learning that show activity and resourcefulness in seeking to understand how primary language, culture, and familial backgrounds interact with an individual's exceptional condition to impact the individual's academic and social abilities, attitudes, values, interests, and career options.
  5. Candidates will be able to facilitate learning for their students through a repertoire of evidence-and research based instructional strategies and technologies used to individualize instruction for individuals with exceptional learning needs.
  6. Candidates will be able to lead in their profession by creating learning environments for individuals with exceptional learning needs that foster a school cultural of understanding, safety and emotional well being, positive social interactions, and active engagement of all individuals.
  7. Candidates will be able to reflect and use the results of assessments to help identify exceptional learning needs and to develop and implement individualized instructional programs, as well as collaborate with specialist in order to adjust instruction in response to ongoing learning progress.

Special Education - Advanced

  1. Special educators at the advanced level will be able to use their deep understanding of the history of special education, current legal and ethical standards, and emerging issues to provide leadership in public schools and in the profession.
  2. Special educators at the advanced level will be able to advocate and apply their knowledge of cognitive science, learning theory, and instructional technologies to improve instructional programs and services.
  3. Special educators at the advanced level will be able to discuss, in depth, models, theories, philosophies, and research methods that form the basis for evidence-based practices in special education.
  4. Special educators at the advanced level will be able to design and implement research activities to evaluate the effectiveness of instructional practices, information and assistive technology, and to assess progress toward the organizational vision, mission, and goals in public schools as well as in the profession.
  5. Special educators at the advanced level will be able to reflect and demonstrate a deep understanding of the centrality and importance of consultation and collaboration to the roles within special education and use this deep understanding to integrate services for individuals with exceptional learning needs.
  6. Special educators at the advanced level will be able to plan, present, and evaluate professional development, as appropriate to their roles, based on models that apply adult learning theories and focus on effective practice in public schools and in the profession.

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