Graduate Program

Teach. Learn. Lead.

Competencies

The Graduate Program focuses on the development of four core competencies that serve as targets for growth, points of dialogue and criteria for assessment.

Effective Educator

Enduring understandings:

  • Effective instruction requires thoughtful design and craft. 
  • Intention and passion serve meaningful learning.

Objectives:

  • Manages students, systems, risk, and structures to build safe, positive learning environments
  • Integrates place to engage students in authentic learning 
  • Applies developmental theories and instructional strategies to customize instruction to diverse learners
  • Plans learning experiences from transfer goals, clear objectives, and assessment evidence

Knowledgeable Field Scientist

Enduring understandings:

  • Relationships between observable patterns and ecological processes
  • Complexities and interactions of social-ecological systems

Objectives:

  • Recognizes the interactions of biotic and abiotic factors in ecosystem function
  • Employs sound experimental design and statistical inference
  • Articulates how human action can alter ecosystem dynamics
  • Addresses ecological and conservation issues

Innovative Leader

Enduring understandings:

  • Professional leadership inspires a group towards shared vision
  • Innovative leadership is essential to address complex societal issues

Objectives:

  • Employs effective communication techniques
  • Practices sound judgment and decision making
  • Articulates goals, inspires vision and contributes to group success
  • Engages systems thinking to understand complex systems and the connection to sustainability

Conscientious Community Member

Enduring understandings:

  • Interdependence exists inherently within systems and communities.
  • Communities balance shared and individual needs.

Objectives:

  • Lives and learns with integrity
  • Demonstrates awareness of self, others and place
  • Exemplifies adaptability and resiliency with optimism
  • Fosters and understands relationships
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