Program Outcomes for graduates of NNU’s Education programs are grounded in the Critical/Social conceptual framework. Outcomes are clearly aligned with state standards.
- Citizenship/Democratic Society – Graduates of education programs will promote democratic values, facilitate equal voice and equal access for all students and parents, examine and challenge social inequities in schools and communities, and formulate responses to local and global issues in education.
- Liberal Arts/Continuing Learning - Graduates of education programs will value learning, evidence breadth of knowledge, and demonstrate an inquiry-based habit of mind. They will be effective communicators who question educational assumptions and use educational research to stimulate reflection and inform classroom practice.
- Professional Knowledge and Skills – Through a learner-centered approach, graduates of education programs will apply theories, strategies, and research in teaching and learning to challenge, interest, accommodate, and assess a diverse student population. They will relate to students and families in a manner that stimulates learning and creates a positive, productive environment. They will use reflection to improve teaching and learning.
- Role of Schooling - Graduates of education programs will demonstrate understanding of the historical and philosophical purposes of schools and a range of legal and societal influences. They will use their knowledge to make decisions about their teaching and work to improve school conditions and educational opportunities for all.
Ten themes have been identified as central to the articulation of the conceptual framework in all Graduate Education programs. The themes are as follows:
- Change and change management
- Group and interpersonal skills
- Democratic and ethical/moral values
- Action research
- Curriculum and instruction development and analysis
- Communication skills
- Critical thinking skills
- Community involvement
- Continuous assessment and reflection