Student Learning Objectives

Each program in the College of Education and Human Development establishes specific and measurable learning objectives for our students. Throughout the college, our learning objectives address five key areas of student development and engagement:

  1. Building core knowledge and skills to provide a grounding in the specialty field.
  2. Developing mastery and experience in research theories, methodologies, and practices.
  3. Exploring issues in and approaches to assessment and measurement.
  4. Understanding diversity and how to modify procedures and approaches to affect positive change in learners of all cultural backgrounds.
  5. Cultivating professionalism through professional activities and demonstrated awareness of the standards and ethical guidelines of the field.

Each year, programs collect and evaluate student work, under the guidelines described above, to assess the success of programs in meeting these learning objectives. Based on these evaluations, programs consider development in our curriculum and pedagogy, make changes and improvements, and then assess again to measure impacts on student performance and success. The assessment process and evaluations are overseen by the Continuous Program Improvement Committee, which guide programs to ensure the development of measurable goals and the validity and quality of the assessments by which those goals are measured.

Assessment of Student Learning

Temple University is committed to providing superior educational opportunities to its students. To help us maintain quality academic offerings, the University and its programs regularly examine the effectiveness of the curricula, teaching, services, and programs the University provides. As Temple University sees appropriate, it may retain representative examples or copies of student work. This might include papers, exams, creative works, or portfolios developed and submitted in courses or to satisfy the requirements for degree program(s). 

In addition to regularly collecting and reviewing student work, Temple University may summarize the results of this review, and use the information to improve programs and enhance student learning. Some of this assessment may also be necessary for Temple University or its programs to demonstrate it meets the standards of external review or accrediting bodies.

Typically, results will be reported in a general, summary format and students' names will not appear on the collected examples. Cohorts may be tracked for specific educational purposes, but the expectation is that assessment will be anonymous. Identifiers will only be used when there is a compelling reason and educational value.

Questions about the assessment of student learning at Temple University may be directed to the Office of the Deputy Provost, 215-204-8873 or

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