Program Learning Outcomes

Department of Teacher Education

Multiple Subject (MSCP) and Single Subject (SSCP)

Program Learning Goals

& MA in Education (Curriculum and Instruction)*

Mapped to the University Learning Goals



Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)


University Learning Goals (ULGs)


Understand foundational and theoretical literature related to education in a specific content area (e.g., literacy, mathematics, science, social studies, etc.).




Specialized Knowledge


Depth of knowledge required for a degree, as identified by program learning outcomes


Understand how to critically examine and evaluate methods of instruction including those used with struggling K- 12 learners and non-native speakers of English.




Intellectual Skills


(a)  Fluency in the use of specific theories, tools, technology, and graphical representation


Use on-going assessment data to teach students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds.




Applied Knowledge


(b)   Ability to apply knowledge and skills to new settings or in addressing complex problems


(c)   Ability to work productively and in groups


Discuss and critique different perspectives of curriculum and explore how these perspectives relate to K-12 classrooms and schooling.




Applied Knowledge


(a) Ability to integrate theory, practice, and problem-solving to address practical issues


Discuss and identify the important aspects of history, language, and culture undergirding assumptions, values, and beliefs of competing perspectives in education.




Social and Global Responsibilities


(a)   Ability to act intentionally and ethically to address a global or local problem in an informed manner with a multicultural and historical perspective and a clear understanding of societal and civic responsibilities


(b)   Diverse and global perspectives through engagement with the multidimensional SJSU community


Review and critique theoretical and research literature in one’s field of interest.


(Analysis of Readings/Lit. Review*)


Intellectual Skills


(c) Skills and abilities necessary for life- long learning: critical and creative thinking, effective communication, conscientious information gathering and processing, mastery of quantitative methodologies, and the ability to engage effectively in collaborative activities


Design and implement a study to address a question in one’s field of interest that supports a defensible conclusion and considers relevant implications.


(Inquiry Cycles/Research Study*)


Broad Integrative Knowledge


(a)   Mastery of each step of an investigative, creative, or practical project


(b)    Understanding of the implications of results or findings from a particular work in societal context


 *Specific to MA Project