Learning Goals & Objectives

Learning Goals & Objectives

Learning Goals & Objectives for Online TESOL

Learning Goal 1

Candidates in the Online TESOL programs will demonstrate content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge necessary for successful performance in their field.

Candidates will: 
  • Demonstrate understanding of language as a system, including phonology, morphology, syntax, pragmatics, and semantics, and support English Language Learners (ELLs) as they acquire English language and literacy in order to achieve in the content areas.
  • Demonstrate understanding of and can apply theories and research in language acquisition and development to support their ELLs’ English language and literacy learning and content-area achievement. 

Learning Goal 2

Candidates in the Online TESOL Education program will demonstrate professional skills and dispositions necessary for successful performance in their field.

Candidates will: 
  • Know, understand, and use evidence-based practices and strategies related to planning, implementing, and managing standards-based ESL and content instruction.
  • Become knowledgeable about program models and skilled in teaching strategies for developing and integrating language skills.
  • Integrate technology as well as choose and adapt classroom resources appropriate for their ELLs.

Learning Goal 3

Candidates in the Online TESOL program will demonstrate willingness to use their skills to benefit and serve society.  Within the contexts of their work, candidates promote authentic learning, social and emotional development, and a commitment to social justice in environments that foster respect for diversity and the dignity of all. 

Candidates will: 
  • Know, understand, and use major concepts, principles, theories, and research related to the nature and role of culture and cultural groups to construct supportive learning environments for ELLs.
  • Demonstrate understanding of how cultural groups and individual cultural identities affect language learning and school achievement.

Learning Goal 4

Candidates in the Online TESOL program will demonstrate self-reflection as a habit of mind, continuously assessing and refining their professional practice as they construct a rich repertoire of research-based knowledge, skills, and attitudes for effective performance ensuring that all students and/or clients have optimal opportunities to learn and grow. 

Candidates will:
  • Keep current with new instructional techniques, research results, advances in the ESL field, and education policy issues and demonstrate knowledge of the history of ESL teaching. 
  • Use such information to reflect on and improve their instruction and assessment practices. 

Learning Goal 5

Candidates in the Online TESOL program will become adept at applying their acquired knowledge in the process of evaluating their own professional performance and decision-making with respect to its impact on students and/or clients, organizations, and the wider community.

Candidates will:
  • Know, understand, and use evidence-based practices and strategies related to planning, implementing, ad managing standards-based ESL and content instruction.
  • Become knowledgeable about program models and skilled in teaching strategies for developing and integrating language skills.
  • Integrate technology as well as choose and adapt classroom resources appropriate for their ELLs.
  • Demonstrate understanding of issues and concepts of assessment and use standards-based procedures with ELLs.
  • Work collaboratively with school staff and the community to improve the learning environment, provide support, and advocate for ELLs and their families.