In addition to the general degree requirements stated earlier in this catalog, International Advocacy majors must meet the Conceptual Framework Goals of the Avila University School of Education and the learning outcomes for the major. These goals/outcomes are aligned with the NAFSA Association of International Educators Knowledge, Skills, and Dispositions for Globally Competent Educators. The full text of the NAFSA knowledge, skills, and dispositions can be found on the School of Education website.
The learning outcomes for the International Advocacy major are as follows:
Professional Communication: Learners will demonstrate an ability to communicate and interact effectively across cultures, including strong competencies in oral, written, nonverbal, group processing, and technological communication skills.
Critical Thinking and Decision Making: Learners will exhibit higher level thinking skills, including critical and reflective thinking, evaluative reasoning, and problem solving, in multiple venues.
Professionalism: Learners will demonstrate professional knowledge of education policy and issues which impact educational access and child development. Learners will demonstrate ethical professional behaviors that foster positive human relationships and demonstrate respect for various forms of diversity across cultural contexts.
Child and Youth Development: Learners will demonstrate knowledge of child development and human behavior to better advocate and support the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive needs of children in and beyond educational settings. Learners will understand differences in cultural, political, social, and economic systems and their impact on educational and child development.
Leadership, Service, and Advocacy: Learners will demonstrate a commitment to lead, serve, and advocate in an ethical and ardent manner. Learners will apply knowledge gained in various institutions, organizations, and agencies to generate approaches and avenues for educational development and advocacy on behalf of children and youth.
Implementing and Managing Instruction: Learners will demonstrate appropriate uses of research-based strategies and technologies to deliver effective lessons in formal and non-formal education and advocacy settings. Learners will demonstrate appropriate use of assessments for measuring and promoting learning and development.
International Education and Child Development: Learners will exhibit a deep understanding of the intersection between education, social systems, world cultures, and child development in order to become effective advocates for children and youth.