The unit’s system includes a comprehensive and integrated set of evaluation measures that are used to monitor candidate performance and manage and improve operations and programs.
Teacher candidate performance is assessed continually, but four key gates in the program are evaluated to assure that s/he has achieved an acceptable level of accomplishment.
This comprehensive and integrated set of evaluation measures has evolved with input from candidates, faculty, cooperating teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders in the professional community. The Unit’s processes and professional communities have changed over time and the evaluation measures have changed accordingly. Input from varied constituents has helped to assure an elimination of bias in order to make way for a more democratic and comprehensive program.
The BFA/AE and MAT programs have a cross-referenced set of outcomes with the Unit’s teacher education 16 outcomes and eight dispositions, as stated in the Conceptual Framework. The field of Art Education does not have a National governing body that sets standards for the Unit’s adherence; the Unit’s curriculum is informed by the Illinois State Standards. The tables below articulate the alignment between State standards, Program Elements, Program Dispositions and Outcomes, and Program Assessment Methods.
In this section is a complete list of the teacher candidate’s eight Dispositions and sixteen Program Outcomes designated in the tables below. For example, under Dispositions (D), 1.C. = 1) Prepared – c) Teacher candidate demonstrates a thorough understanding of professional and pedagogical knowledge and skills relevant to student needs. And Outcomes (O), B. 2. = B) Knowledge and Experience – 2) Content knowledge, including perspectives on social theory, new media and information technology, art theory, art history, visual culture, art production, and art education that support democratic learning and critical practices.