7e. Georgia P-12 Curriculum
Content knowledge is the foundation for the implementation of the Georgia PK-12 curriculum. Each program’s curricula provides the candidate with a strong foundation in the content knowledge of their respective program. The teacher candidate in Early Childhood, Middle Grades, Secondary, and Post Baccalaureate Middle Grades and Secondary Education has frequent opportunities that lead to their development of knowledge in the implementation of the mandated Georgia state curriculum standards for their content areas. During Professional Core I of the upper division coursework the teacher candidate takes EDU316 Methods and Strategies, where they learn about the Georgia Performance Standards or Quality Core Curriculum Standards. In this course the teacher candidate is also introduced to the Division of Education’s lesson plan format which requires a listing, along with descriptions of all GPS or QCC Standards used in a lesson. Lesson plan examples are provided as models for teacher candidates to follow.
The knowledge and application of the mandated Georgia state curriculum standards is evidenced through the development of lesson plans by the teacher candidate and is regularly assessed, initially in EDU316, and then in field experiences, methods courses, and student teaching. Key assessment instruments which monitor the teacher candidate’s proficiency in application of the state’s mandated standards is evidenced through multiple assessments and can be found in the document entitled Key Assessments for GPS/QCC Standards Knowledge and Application.