Key Assignment Overview

The teacher education program at Buena Vista University is a performance-based preparation program designed to facilitate the personal and professional growth of aspiring teachers and to prepare pre-service teachers to enter the teaching profession.  As a part of the performance-based model, students will complete Key Assignments that demonstrate their understanding of essential teaching competencies derived from InTASC, state standards and program/institutional frameworks.

Getting Started

The student will be introduced to the conceptual frameworks, known as Pillars (also known as Learning Objectives), early in his/her program.  The Key Assignments will be a continual and ongoing process throughout the student’s practitioner preparation program. Key Assignments are pieces of evidence that illustrate the knowledge, performance and dispositions that have been acquired throughout the course of the student’s preparation program.  Each School of Education core course, methods course and field experience is designed to address one or more of the competency areas, though not all courses include a Key Assignment.   All Key Assignments will be uploaded to Canvas, a learning management system.


It is the responsibility of the student to maintain Key Assignments within Canvas.   A Canvas account is provided to all Buena Vista University students. Students are required to submit Key Assignments within Canvas to pass through checkpoints throughout the student’s teacher preparation program.

Key Assignment Assessment

All Key Assignments are demonstrative of a student’s grasp of the competencies within the Pillars, InTASC principles, and Reflective Practitioner skills. Instruction and assistance with uploading assignments to Canvas will be provided. Students are required to upload Key Assignments for these courses to their Canvas account. In addition, successful completion and uploading to Canvas of Key Assignments is required for Teacher Education Program Checkpoints. Rubrics will serve as the guide for Key Assignment completion.  As the student moves through the program, the professor of the course or an appointed committee will evaluate the Key Assignment within Canvas. Failure to submit a Key Assignment to Canvas may result in failure of the course and an inability to complete the Teacher Education Program Checkpoints.  If the Key Assignment is not satisfied at the appointed time in the program, the student will be given one semester/two terms in which to complete the requirement and resubmit the assignment to the instructor in Canvas.  The student may resubmit the Key Assignment to demonstrate satisfaction of the competency no more than three times. In order to continue in the program and be recommended for teacher certification, the student must demonstrate a minimum rating of “1” (Basic) on each element of the evaluation rubric for each Key Assignment.   The second and third resubsmissions will also be reviewed by another BVU faculty/staff member.  If the Key Assignment does not receive a “1” (Basic) after the final resubmission, the student cannot pass the checkpoint and cannot continue in the Teacher Education program.

Key Assignment Chart




Key Assignment

Education Core




EDCO 240 Development of School Age Child


1, 2

Considering Learner Differences in Your Classroom

EDCO 245 Learning & Motivation

1, 3

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Developing a Learning Environment in My Classroom

EDCO 280 History of American Education

1, 2, 5

2, 4, 9, 10

Understanding the Impact of Legal Decisions on American Education

EDCO 300 Differentiated Instruction for Exceptional Learners

1, 3, 4, 5

1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9

Identification and Differentiation of Student Needs Within a Lesson

EDCO 390 Instructional Technology

2, 3

3, 4, 5, 7, 8

Integrating Technology into Lesson Plans to Enhance Student Learning

Elementary Majors




EDUC 371 Data Driven Instruction

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Classroom Case Study

EDUC 393 Elementary Math & Field Experience


4, 7, 8

Developing a Lesson Plan based on Interview Assessment Data

EDUC 410 Elementary Curriculum/Social Studies



Planning a Conceptual Social Studies Unit

EDUC 420 Instructional Strategies: Informational Text



Integrating Literacy Instruction in a Disciplinary Unit

EDUC 443 Literacy Field Experience

1, 2

1, 2, 4, 7, 8

Literacy Field Experience Reflections, Case Study, and Lesson Observations

Elementary Student Teaching

EDUC 429/430/440

Professional Seminar III: Kindergarten/1st-3rd/4th-6th

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

To Be Determined

Secondary Majors and Post Baccalaureate Program




EDCO 401 Classroom Management


3, 6

Alternative Assessment Lesson

Comprehensive Classroom Management Plan

SEDU 365 Reading in Content Areas

To be Determined

Secondary Methods & Field Experience


7, 8

Unit Plan in SEDU Methods & Field Experience

Secondary Student Teaching

SEDU 490/498

Professional Seminar III:

Secondary/Post Baccalaureate Secondary Student Teaching

1, 2, 3, 4, 5

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

To Be Determined

Key Assignment Chart & Overview - handout