The Master of Arts in elementary education (PreK-6) initial licensure program seeks to foster in its candidates:
- An understanding of the ways that children are affected by social contexts and by the children's own abilities/disabilities.
- The knowledge and pedagogical skills to support each child's success.
These school professionals will:
- Critically challenge conventional wisdom and common practices to identify hidden assumptions and activities that constrain or privilege some at the expense of others.
- Openly consider and explore a range of teaching philosophies and practices and their relevance in particular contexts.
- Ask questions and develop an inquiring approach.
- Reflect deeply on relationships with their own families, peers, and university and school mentors and their students.
- Express knowledge, skills and attitudes in ways that communicate the creative and academic expression of the profession and the self.
- Develop an appreciation for the global connection of all humanity and our interdependence on the finite, natural resources of the earth.
- Experience life among people whose social contexts are unlike their own to broaden and deepen their respect of and sensitivity to various cultures and social contexts.
- Appreciate the complexity of human development from conception throughout the period of childhood/preadolescence.