The EPP goals of the UPRB responds to the mission, vision, and philosophy of the UPRB. Each EPP goal is aligned with CAEP standards and InTASC principles. The EPP goals are:
1. To promote the practical application of the theory so that teacher candidates can generate maximize the appropriate educational experiences for the students.
2. To propitiate in the teacher candidates the integration of techniques and effective strategies to fulfill the student perspective in the educational environment.
3. To capacitate teachers’ candidates in the use of appropriate theories and techniques that propitiate the integration of all students in the classroom ensuring the respect for the diversity, inclusion, human rights, and democratic values in the educational environment.
4. To promote the integration of technology as a learning tool.
5. To develop awareness in the teacher candidates of the importance of diversity, the importance of the participation and integration of all the community to assure the education of all students.
6. To develop written and oral communication skills in the teacher candidates to guarantee the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experiences between teachers, students, and community members.
7. To promote experiences that develop reflective and dialogue skills as part of the continuous process of growing and professional development of teacher candidates.
8. Develop competencies in the teacher candidates in knowing how to different assessment strategies to measure and analyze the progress of the acquired skills in the students.
Based on its mission and vision, the fundamental principles, philosophy and the knowledge base, the TPP-UPRB’s goal is that its graduates be competent and effective professionals in their educational practices with a high critical and ethical sense. The Program is expected to develop intellectual educators who can transform their practices as a product of reflection, are aware of the importance of learning and will take into consideration the cognitive, affective and social aspects. The following competencies for teacher candidates in the Teacher Preparation Program in UPRB integrate these tenets:
1. Knowledge and appreciation of the diverse artistic and cultural manifestations, among them the Puerto Rican culture and its bond with other cultural manifestations.
2. Management and knowledge of the language in its diverse manifestations.
3. Learning with an understanding about the disciplines, as well as their bases of knowledge.
4. Capacity to analyze and put into practice knowledge concerning human development and the processes of learning and teaching, which cover ethical, inclusive and diversity aspects.
5. Critical commitment with his or her learning and professional development.
6. Ability to critically reflect upon knowledge and the application of techniques and strategies.
7. Thoughtful use
of assessment strategies.
8. Connection between general education and the process of teaching.
9. Disposition for the reflection and reformulation of ideas concerning learning and teaching during his/her participation in diverse educational experiences.
10. Capacity to develop a democratic and inclusive learning environment centered on the interests and talents of the students, where they exhibit mastery on the use of techniques, educational strategies and assessment that include the integration of technology.
11. Competitiveness toward the reflective and critical practice of education where practical and research-based knowledge are integrated.
12. Leadership, appreciation and celebration of diversity when advocating for the needs and strengths of the student, his/her family and the community.
13. Disposition to work in teams with other educators and professionals in the field of education, families and community groups.
14. Understanding about the political and social nature of education.
15. Ability to reflect upon beliefs and attitudes while understanding how these influence their educational endeavor and develop the capacity to understand the beliefs and attitudes of others.