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A graduate should be able to
1. Explain the major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to development of children and young adolescents to construct learning opportunities that support individual students’ development, acquisition of knowledge, and motivation.
2. Use the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of content for students across the K-8 grades and be able to create meaningful learning experiences that develop student competence in subject matter for various developmental levels.
3. Plan and implement instruction based on knowledge of students, learning theory, subject matter, curriculum goals, and community.
4. Describe how students differ in their development and approaches to learning, and create instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.
5. Use a variety of teaching strategies that encourage students’ development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.
6. Apply their knowledge and understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior among students K-8 to foster active engagement in learning, self-motivation, and positive social interaction and to create supportive learning environments.
7. Use their knowledge and understanding of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
8. Use formal and informal assessment strategies to plan, evaluate, and strengthen instruction that will promote continuous intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of each student.
9. Evaluate the effects of their professional ethical and legal decisions and ethical and legal actions on students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community and actively seek out opportunities to grow professionally.
10. Discuss the importance of establishing and maintaining a positive collaborative relationship with families to promote the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth of children.
11. Access, evaluate, and process information efficiently and effectively.
12. Use technology effectively and appropriately to interact electronically.
13. Use technology to communicate information in a variety of formats.
14. Identify the legal, social, and ethical issues related to technology use.