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

KNOWLEDGABLE 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