Conceptual Framework

The conceptual framework is the guiding document that shapes and informs both the programs and the philosophy of the School of Education and Professional Studies. It also aligns closely with the professional standards that define program quality. Directly linked to our curriculum, the conceptual framework provides a basis for rigorous program assessment and consequently, for improvement of program outcomes.

The unifying theme for the conceptual framework is "Preparing Professionals for Service in Our Communities." The conceptual framework is comprised of the following themes (outcomes) and connected elements (proficiencies):

  1. The education professional as active learner
    1. possesses strong content knowledge in the arts and sciences;
    2. communicates in multiple forms to diverse audiences;
    3. possesses pedagogical knowledge for content to be taught; and
    4. engages in habits of critical thinking and problem solving.

  2. The education professional as facilitator of learning for all students
    1. applies knowledge of human development across the life span (including physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth);
    2. respects and values all learners;
    3. addresses the diversity of learning environments; and

  3. The education professional as reflective and collaborative practitioner
    1. makes informed and ethical decisions;
    2. accepts responsibility for student learning;
    3. engages in opportunities for professional growth; and
    4. collaborates with colleagues, families, and the school community.