Conceptual Framework and Program Benchmarks
The conceptual framework of the School of Education establishes the shared vision for our efforts in preparing educators to work effectively in P-12 schools. It provides direction for programs, courses, teaching, candidate performance, scholarship, service, and unit accountability. Our conceptual framework is knowledge-based, articulated, coherent, and consistent with our School of Education, College of Liberal Arts, Education and Science, and University missions. Shared and owned by all stakeholders, it is continuously evaluated at all levels.
Our conceptual framework informs the process by which we develop and articulate our goals, ensure that administrators, faculty, P-12 partners, and candidates work toward the same set of articulated goals, and encourage professionally sound commitments and dispositions. Implemented in a variety of ways, the conceptual framework is evident in all parts of the professional education unit.
The conceptual framework consists of five distinct elements: (1) vision and mission; (2) philosophies, purpose and goals; (3) knowledge bases, including theories, research, and wisdom of practice; (4) candidate proficiencies aligned with professional, state, and institutional standards; and (5) candidate assessment. Evidence of integration of our conceptual framework includes articulation of our shared vision, coherence, professional commitments and dispositions, and alignment of candidate proficiencies with standards.
Integrated throughout the unit are standards that reflect commitment to acquisition of high-level content knowledge, diversity, technology, teaching competence and student learning, and curriculum and instruction methods.