Goals and Standards

Learning Goals

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Teaching at Mount Holyoke College will develop the ability to do the following:

  1. Write and adapt well-developed lesson/unit plans to reach a range of learners in the PK12 classroom.
  2. Design and administer a variety of student assessments, analyze student performance and growth and use data to improve instruction and learning.
  3. Integrate and apply research, theory and pedagogy to inform instruction and interactions with students.
  4. Have and apply insights on their teaching and learning, both individually and with colleagues, to improve practice and student learning.

Professional Standards for Teachers

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Teaching at Mount Holyoke College will demonstrate a range of professional skills that respond to a deep understanding and application of the knowledge, skills and dispositions found in the Guidelines for the Professional Standards for Teachers:

  • Curriculum, Planning and Assessment: Promotes the learning and growth of all students by providing high quality and coherent instruction, designing and administering authentic and meaningful student assessments, analyzing student performance and growth data, using this data to improve instruction, providing students with constructive feedback on an on-going basis and continuously refining learning objectives.
  • Teaching All Students: Promotes the learning and growth of all students through instructional practices that establish high expectations, create a safe and effective classroom environment and demonstrate cultural proficiency.
  • Family and Community Engagement: Promotes the learning and growth of all students through effective partnerships with families, caregivers, community members and organizations.
  • Professional Culture standard: Promotes the learning and growth of all students through ethical, culturally proficient, skilled and collaborative practice.