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Objectives

The AIC Education Department program objectives are based on the Arizona Professional Teacher (APT) Standards. As a result of completing the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, the student will:

  • Content Knowledge: Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she will teach; display the ability to apply knowledge in creating inclusive learning experiences that make the discipline(s) accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content; illustrates the appropriate usage of a variety of instructional strategies to encourage all learners to develop knowledge and understanding of content areas while building skills and applying knowledge in meaningful ways. (APT Standards 4,5,8)
  • Student Development and Appropriate Environments: Demonstrate knowledge and comprehension of as well as application of how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually both cognitively, linguistically, socially, emotionally, physically and culturally; displays the ability to analyze and synthesize knowledge in designing, creating and implementing developmentally appropriate and challenging learning environments, climates and experiences while utilizing appropriate educational strategies and techniques. (APT Standards 1,2,3)
  • Planning, Differentiating and Implementing Instruction: Demonstrate the ability to organize curriculum, plan, differentiate and implement effective instruction according to mandated learning objectives for K-8 instruction while utilizing multiple methods of assessment to monitor progress for all students, as well as to guide instructional decision-making. The future teacher applies their knowledge and comprehension of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments while planning instruction that supports and enables each learner in meeting State Standards. (APT Standards 5,6,7,8)
  • Classroom Management and School Leadership: Demonstrate appropriate skills for efficiently managing a classroom in the public or private school sectors, working with others to create environments that support diversity for individual learners and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation for all learners. Exhibit the propensity, as a prepared educator, to seek appropriate leadership roles, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other education professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance their chosen profession. (APT Standards 2,9,10)
  • Professional Knowledge: Demonstrate the ability to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving; be able to discuss the art, science, history, trends, issues, philosophy and theories of education while formulating a Christian worldview and a professional philosophy of education; explain the importance of ongoing professional learning, the expediency of using evidence to continually evaluate and improve his/her practice, and ability to adapt practice to meet the needs of learners. (APT Standards 2,8,9)