Every content area that is taught in higher education has a Specialized Professional Association (SPA) that produces standards that should be taught. Find the SPA for your content area. Some examples are NCTE (English), NCTM (Mathematics), ILA (Reading), NCSS (Social Studies/History), and NSTA (Science). Once you have located your SPA, find the most recent standards the association has written for initial licensure programs. Review the standards and choose one.
Using the standard you chose, write an objective that students could accomplish in order to meet that standard. Objectives have three parts: behavior, condition, and criterion. The behavior is what students will be able to do and is derived directly from the standard. The condition is how the students will do it, typically some type of activity. The criterion is the degree of accuracy you would like to observe.
Finally, in 250-500 words, describe the assessment you would use to measure whether or not the students achieved the objective and mastered the standard. This should be on one document. Your paper should include:
- Standard (from the SPA)
APA style is not required, but solid academic writing is expected.