School of Education

Each program area within Brandman University's School of Education is evaluated regularly based on learning outcomes specific to that degree.

BA in Early Childhood Education

  • Program Learning Outcomes
    • Research-Based Practice: Integrate brain research and evidence based practices that support development and learning across the curriculum.
    • Child Development: Integrate child development theories into early childhood practices.
    • Reciprocal Relationships: Develop plans to promote child, family and community relationships that enhance children’s development and learning.
    • Responsive Environments:  Create learning environments that maximize child development, learning, health, and safety.
    • Comprehensive Assessments: Employ formal and informal assessment procedures to gather child and family information to provide meaningful programs and curricula.
    • Ethical Practice: Implement the NAEYC Code of Ethics and demonstrate professional behaviors.
    • Embracing Diversity: Create learning environments and curriculum that acknowledge and celebrate children’s and families’ diversity.
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MA in Education

  • Program Learning Outcomes
    • Research: Evaluate the various educational research paradigms and develop a theoretical research project utilizing one or more of the methodologies.
    • Democratic Schools: Apply democratic principles to an authentic educational context.
    • Global Perspectives: Analyze best practices of global educational systems.
    • Learning Theory: Utilize theories of learning and brain research to enhance teaching and student learning.
    • Curriculum Design: Evaluate curriculum design and curricular decisions as they relates to meeting the diverse needs of students.
    • Ethics: Analyze issues and make ethical decisions within an educational context.
    • Varies by emphasis area:
      • Curriculum & Instruction Emphasis
        Pedagogical Expertise: Apply understanding of curriculum and instruction to a contemporary issue in curriculum design
      • Instructional Technology Emphasis: Leadership and Instructional Design
        Instructional Design: Develop an online course that utilizes instructional design principles
      • Leadership in Early Childhood Emphasis
        Leadership & Program Quality: Analyze the effectiveness of an Early Childhood program based on NAEYC standards.
      • Teaching and Learning Emphasis
        Differentiated Instruction: Apply pedagogical concepts in educational settings to meet the diverse needs of students.
      • Professional Learning Community Emphasis
        Collaboration: Apply the goals of a Professional Learning Community to a specific educational setting
      • Educational Leadership Emphasis
        Leadership: Apply facilitative leadership skills to promote effective problem-solving and collaborative decision-making in specific organizational situations
      • Instructional Technology Emphasis: Teaching the 21st Century Learner
        Electronically Mediated Teaching: Facilitate transferable, curricular-based, assessable learning opportunities to specific student audiences (K-12 and/or higher education) through selection, and professional application of a variety of appropriate 21st century tools, strategies, and skills.
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MA in Special Education

  • Program Learning Outcomes
    • Leadership and Policy: advocate for policy and curriculum development by utilizing the breadth and depth of special education history, pedagogy, and latest research.
    • Program Development & Organization: apply and expand content and professional knowledge to enhance instructional programs and curricula through evidence-based and innovative practices that reflect the needs of diverse populations.
    • Research & Inquiry: evaluate current research studies and methodologies using evidence-based educational research to improve curricula, instruction, or interventions.
    • Student and Program Evaluation: evaluate and analyze student achievement and program effectiveness utilizing nonbiased instruments and knowledge of research-based best practices.
    • Professional Development and Ethical Practice: exemplify professional, legal, and ethical behavior by participating in and providing opportunities for professional development that best support children with special needs, their families, schools, and the community.
    • Collaboration: implement culturally responsive collaboration structures to enhance the opportunities for students with exceptional learning needs.
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MA in Educational Leadership and Administration

  • Program Learning Outcomes
    • Visionary Leadership: Collaboratively develop, implement and evaluate an actionable and sustainable vision of teaching and learning that is responsive to the changing context of a given school and local education agency.
    • School Improvement Leadership: Strategically design continuous improvement plans based on analysis of program assessment data.
    • Community Leadership: Advocate for the school and communicate its successes, needs, and challenges with a broad range of audiences through a variety of media to achieve the school’s vision and goals.
    • Instructional Leadership: Evaluate classroom instruction using research-based instructional and assessment practices to provide focused, constructive coaching and feedback.
    • Organizational and Systems Leadership: Integrate organizational values, structures, processes, and policies in solving problems and making decisions that productively impact the school’s ability to achieve its vision and goals.
    • Professional Learning and Growth Leadership: Create, implement, and evaluate a professional growth plan to build individual and collective capacity for leadership.
    • Research:  Utilize educational research paradigms to examine best practices in education.
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Education Specialist Degree in School Psychology (Ed.S) and
Master of Arts in Education Psychology with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Psychology

  • Program Learning Outcomes
    • Law: Interpret legal mandates and regulations to determine possible special education eligibility.
    • Interpersonal: Demonstrate group counseling interventions.
    • Assessment: Identify the ability level of students using empirically-based, valid, standardized instruments.
    • Behavior: Design a behavior plan based on a functional analysis using the NASP guidelines.
    • Communication: Present a comprehensive written report that combines different kinds of information gathered from various sources to evaluate students’ abilities.
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MA in Teaching

  • Program Learning Outcomes
    • Learning Theory: Utilize theories of learning and brain research to enhance teaching and student learning.
    • Instruction: Design differentiated instruction based on the needs of students.
    • Assessment: Utilize a variety of assessment data to inform instruction.
    • Curriculum Design: Evaluate curriculum design and curricular decisions as they relate to meeting the diverse needs of students.
    • Clinical Practice: Apply subject matter pedagogical skills in authentic settings.
    • Action Research: Create an action research proposal that analyzes and seeks to solve a personal educational dilemma.
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Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership

  • Program Learning Outcomes
    • Transformational Leadership: Create a vision of the future as an ethical agent of change, who mobilizes stakeholders to transform the organization.
    • Diversity: Integrate the strengths that individual and cultural differences contribute to create an organization that is equitable, respectful, responsive and morally accountable in a global society.
    • Collaborative Relationships:  Build a culture of trusting relationships and purposeful involvement that supports critical and creative problem solving and decision making through effective communication and conflict resolution.
    • Political Intelligence:  Generate organizational influence to ethically advocate for causes and changes that will advance the organization’s vision and mission.
    • Strategic Thinking:  Construct a systems-oriented learning organization to develop, implement, and assess effective, futures-based plans that facilitate innovation, problem solving and continuous improvement.
    • Creativity and Sustained Innovation:  Develop a culture of divergent thinking and responsible risk taking that harnesses the potential of available human capital to transform the organization.
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