Program Outcomes

Students in the Elementary Education and Youth Development and Education Programs leave PSU with a variety of skills and a foundation of knowledge that prepares them for successful careers working with children and families.

Students who complete the Undergraduate Elementary Education major are able to do the following:

  • Communicate and collaborate with children, families, colleagues and administrators.
  • Select, plan, facilitate and evaluate developmentally appropriate learning experiences for students in grades K-8.
  • Recognize individual differences and modify activities to meet a variety of learner needs.
  • Be aware of and respect diversity in all its forms.
  • Find, evaluate and utilize information from a variety of sources.
  • Display conduct characteristic of developing professionals.
  • Know, understand, and use formal and informal assessment strategies to plan, evaluate and strengthen instruction that will promote learning.
  • Demonstrate a high level of competence in literacy, science, math, social studies and the arts.

 

Students who complete the Graduate Elementary Education major are able to do the following:

  • Understand theories of children’s growth and development and use this understanding as a foundation for all decisions related to assessment, instruction, and curriculum, and as an informant in all communications about children with other educators and/or families and caregivers.
  • Be able to design engaging content-rich curriculum for the teaching of understanding, knowledge and skills, exquisitely aligning assessments with learning goals, so that each child’s progress on each goal is evident and can inform future instruction.
  • Be able to intuitively differentiate both instruction and assessment in the classroom so that all children can learn, and recognize that the supports and/or accommodations implemented must support children across all areas of development, including the social-emotional realm.
  • Establish a reflective practice (aligned with teacher certification standards) that self-corrects, builds capacity, and upholds integrity in the area of professionalism, and is based on the notion that learning is telling, and teaching is listening.
  • Understand the importance of a positive environment for learning, and be able to develop an inclusive and culturally-sensitive classroom community that is safe, healthy, and productive for every child, without exception.
  • Within the content areas of language arts, social studies, mathematics, the sciences, health and wellness, the arts, and information technology the teacher candidate understands essential concepts, knows key information, and is able to perform foundational skills, as well as partner with children, families, and caregivers to develop new understandings, knowledge, and skills.
  • Understand the ways in which knowledge in the field of elementary education is generated and be able to contribute to the professional knowledge base by designing and implementing action research in a classroom setting.

 

Students who complete the Youth Development and Education major are able to do the following:

  • Communicate and collaborate with children, families, colleagues and administrators.
  • Select, plan, facilitate and evaluate developmentally appropriate learning experiences for children ages 5-14.
  • Recognize individual differences and modify activities to meet a variety of learner needs.
  • Be aware of and respect diversity in all its forms.
  • Find, evaluate and utilize information from a variety of sources.
  • Display conduct characteristic of developing professionals.
  • Know, understand, and use formal and informal assessment strategies to plan, evaluate and strengthen instruction or programs that will promote learning.