The Catholic University of America

Senior Portfolio Guideline

Overview and Requirements:
You will compile a professional portfolio during the duration of your student teaching experience. The contents of this notebook will contain a compilation of specific documents that reflect your work in addition to but not limited to your resume, cover letter, and philosophy. In its final form it will serve as an invaluable testimony to your hard work and accomplishments that you will then present at job interviews.
Content Outline (for specifics, see next page)
I.        Introduction (Narrative: Overall Experience in the Music Education Program)
II.     Contextual Factors (School Descriptions-Elementary & Secondary)
III.   Unit Plan (Elementary & Secondary)
a.       Learning Goals, Objectives, Understandings and Essential Questions and Objectives
b.      Assessment Plan
c.       Instructional Knowledge & Planning
d.      Analysis of Learning Results
e.       Reflection and Self-Evaluation
IV. Two Full Lesson Plans (Elementary & Secondary)
V.     Two Rubrics (Elementary & Secondary)
VI. Philosophy Statement
VII. Advocacy Statement
VIII. Professional Resume
IX. Course Sample Handbook (Primary Area)
(Letter, Syllabus, Contract)
X. Documentation of Professional Contributions (Elementary & Secondary)
a.     Letters of Support
b.    Written Observational Feedback
c.     Conference Attendance
d.    Evidence of Membership in Professional Organizations
1. The National Association for Music Education (NAfME)
2. American Choral Director’s Association (ACDA)
XI. Weekly Reflections (Elementary & Secondary)
XII. Conclusion (Elementary & Secondary)
XIII. Recordings (Elementary & Secondary)
I. Title and Name on Cover, Spine
II. Table of Contents
III. 5 Dividers/Tabs for the sections listed above

IV. As always, presentation should be thoroughly professional, neat, and orderly.