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Program Goals and Outcomes

  • Goal

    Demonstration of knowledge of subject matter in content taught in elementary schools (K-5/6) CSET -- California Subject Examination for Teachers: Multiple Subject.

  • Outcome

    Demonstrate knowledge of

    1. language and literature
      1. language
      2. literature
    2. history and social science

    Demonstrate knowledge of

    1. mathematics
    2. science

    Demonstrate knowledge of

    1. fine arts
      1. art
      2. music
      3. drama and dance
    2. human development
    3. physical education
  • Goal

    Connect subject matter with teaching strategies and methods of assessment.

  • Outcome

    Identify and analyze content learning across disciplines in relation to teaching strategies.

    Identify and analyze content learning across disciplines in relation to methods of assessment.

  • Goal

    Recognize roles of diversity and technology in the production and dissemination of knowledge.

  • Outcome

    Identify and analyze content learning across disciplines in relation to diversity

    Identify and analyze content learning across disciplines in relation to technology.

  • Goal

    Understand what it means to be an educated person in light of MSMU value statements & demonstrate ability to reflect deeply on knowledge of subject matter.

  • Outcome

    Demonstrate a deep understanding of what it means to be an educated person through identification of value indicators in an original essay on What it Means to Be an Educated Person.

    Demonstrate selected skills of an educated person by analyzing, evaluating, and critically reflecting on subject matter knowledge obtained through coursework in the Liberal Studies Major.

 

Exit Exam Reading List: To assess how well our department is achieving the above goal related to content knowledge, graduating English majors take an Exit Exam near the end of their time at Mount Saint Mary’s University.  They may begin preparing for the exam at any point.

Download the complete reading list .

In order to achieve these learning outcomes, as assessed by CSET, the Coordinator of the Liberal Studies Major will:

  1. Confirm that instructors of courses aligned with CSET have the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing Content Domains for the courses they teach.
  2. Obtain feedback on CSET-identified reasons for students not passing CSET, according to subject matter area.
  3. Provide feedback on CSET scores & CSET-identified reasons for not passing to instructor of the aligned courses and to the appropriate department chairs on a bi-annual basis.
  4. Assure that all students entering the Concurrent Program of Teacher Preparation as Liberal Studies majors are able to demonstrate knowledge of CSET requirements, including deadlines for taking the tests

OUTCOME SUMMARY: Track CSET results. Evaluate pass/fail rates, including number of retakes. Use feedback loops established with academic departments to share results ; consider action plans for improvement.