50045.3 Curriculum, Instruction, Supervision, and the Learning Environment
The program requires the study of curriculum, instruction, supervision, evaluation, psychology of learning, school cultures, and multiple assessments. The program uses a variety of performance assessments of students’ understanding and ability to apply that knowledge.
Where the Standard is Met in the Program: ED 632 Curriculum, Instruction, and Learning Theory, ED 730 Leadership, Planning, and Organizational Behavior in Education, ED 735 Personnel, Supervision, and Staff Development, ED 742 Elementary School Curriculum, and ED 643 Secondary School Curriculum.
Student Performance: All candidates in the program are required to take ED 632, ED 730, and ED 735. Candidates seeking their credential as an Elementary School Principal are required to take ED 742 while candidates seeking their credential as a Secondary School Principal are required to take ED 643. A major assignment in ED 730 is conducting an Organizational Culture and Climate Inventory. This assignment was required for the first time in Spring 2011. Student performance on this assignment is provided in the table below:
Candidates participating in the D21 Principal Performance Center are assessed on four scenarios (Leaderless Group, Presentation to the School Board, Parent Interaction Exercise and In-basket). Student performance data on the D21 Skills of Setting Instructional Direction are provided in the table below:
Candidates prepare a portfolio and complete an Oral Examination as culminating events in the program. Student performance data on this standard are provided in the table below:
Department Response: The Organizational Culture and Climate Inventory assignment has been designated a Critical Assignment but the faculty decided to move the assignment to the ED 632 course. The faculty analyzed the course map for ED 632 and the syllabus for ED 742 and noted that ED 632 contained content and assignments more appropriate to the curriculum courses in the Application Block on the Recommended Course Sequence and that ED 742 contained content and assignments that are more appropriate for a curriculum course in the Theory Block on the Recommended Course Sequence. Further discussions revealed that faculty were “backfilling” theory in ED 742 because not enough curriculum, instruction, and learning theory was being taught in ED 632. In response to this identified need, the faculty agreed to move the bulk of the theory based content currently being taught in ED 742 to the ED 632 course and reassign the textbook that was being used in ED 742 to the ED 632 course. The faculty also agreed to revise one of the assignments from ED 742 that emphasized curriculum theory that resulted in candidates creating a portfolio and move it to ED 632 and designate it as a Critical Assignment in that course.
Syllabus – ED 730