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ESL Program Objectives

Knowledge of Subject Matter - The candidate understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.

Knowledge of Human Development and Learning - The candidate understands how children learn and develop and can provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social and personal development.

Adapting Instruction for Individual Needs - The candidate understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.

Multiple Instructional Strategies - The candidate understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students' development of critical thinking, problem-solving and performance skills.

Classroom Motivation and Management Skills - The candidate uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning and self-motivation.

Communication Skills - The candidate uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration and supportive interaction in the classroom.

Instructional Planning Skills - The candidate plans instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community and curriculum goals.

Assessment of Student Learning - The candidate understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social and physical development of the learner.

Professional Commitment and Responsibility - The candidate is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (students, parents and other professionals in the learning community) and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.

Partnerships - The candidate fosters relationships with school colleagues, parents and agencies in the larger community to support students' learning and well-being.

Diversity - The candidate understands the influence of culture on personal growth and recognizes and respects cultural differences, and believes that all human beings possess capacity for thought, feeling and learning.

Field Experience - The candidate understands the importance of completing and documenting early field experience and recognizes the importance of a steady progression from being an "observer" to becoming an "active participant."

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