Candidates who complete the teacher education program at ESU will exhibit a broad and deep knowledge, as well as the ability to apply that knowledge, within and across many disciplines.
There are four major components of the beginning educator outcomes.
The first component of the Beginning Educator Outcomes includes content, which encompasses humanities, the sciences, and the social sciences. Candidates learn a broad spectrum of content within each of these three areas. In addition, Beginning Educator Outcomes include the ability to know and apply content related to the student’s chosen field of study.
The beginning educator must also know and apply information related to teaching and learning. This is the second component. These competencies include the ability to design lessons and units, including using clear learning statements, purposeful assessments, effective strategies, and varied instructional materials. Candidates are expected to be able to create learning experiences and environments that ensure optimal learning for all students. These outcomes are addressed through a variety of classroom and field experiences.
The third element relates directly to learning. Graduates of ESU’s Teacher Education Program are also expected to meet outcomes related to the learner and the learning environment. These outcomes ensure that the beginning educator has many opportunities to learn about and apply information about theories of learning styles, intelligences, diversity, communication styles, inclusionary practices, and developmentally appropriate practices. These classroom and field based experiences will guarantee that the graduates will have the knowledge and experience to be able to design and implement classroom opportunities to enhance the learning of all students.
Finally, all ESU beginning educators will exhibit high levels of professionalism. This includes the ability to manage all aspects of the classroom environment, communicate effectively with colleagues and parents, and participate in many types of professional development. ESU graduates will model the highest degree of professional ethics in every aspect of their career.
The Beginning Educator Outcomes (proficiencies) emanate from the Mission and Commitments (philosophy) and provide the keystone of our teacher education program. Within the Conceptual Framework, the Beginning Educator Outcomes (see below), are rooted in the evolving knowledge base for teacher education and are grounded in current research and the conventional wisdom of practice. The identifiable behaviors of beginning educators are organized into four areas: Content, Learner and the Learning Environment, Teaching and Learning Process, and Professionalism.
East Stroudsburg University Beginning Educators will:
- BEO#1: Demonstrate general knowledge competency.
- BEO#2: Demonstrate subject matter knowledge competency.
- BEO#3: Use their knowledge of how students learn and develop to provide learning opportunities for all students.
- BEO#4: Create classroom environment that motivates and supports positive social interaction and active learning.
- BEO#5: Establish instructional opportunities that demonstrate the value of diverse learners.
- BEO#6: Use a variety of effective instructional strategies that engage students and foster creative and critical thinking.
- BEO#7: Plan effective and time efficient lessons that focus on student learning of specific goals and correlate directly to state/national standards.
- BEO#8: Use diagnostic, formative and summative assessment to plan learning experiences that meet the continuous needs of all students.
- BEO#9: Initiate and maintain an ongoing plan for reflection, continued learning, and professional development.
- BEO#10: Work actively with families, professionals, and community members to increase the quality of their students’ education.
- BEO#11: Demonstrate professional demeanor, ethical behavior, and accountability in all activities.