Professional Education (CEd) Conceptual Framework

The program theme of the College of Education is “The Professional Educator: A Catalyst for Learning.”  From the theme, a conceptual framework has been developed which includes a rationale and organizing principles that guide the development of the curriculum for professional education including the categorization of knowledge.  The Unit’s vision, mission, and dispositions emerged directly from the university’s mission.  Both the Unit and University strive to transmit a cultural experience for our candidates to be transformed into catalysts for learning. 

Candidates learn to create their own learning from the experiences of the faculty, curricula and field experience opportunities, and other education leaders.  Thus, because candidates create their learning outcomes from the interaction with their faculty and curricula, candidates are philosophically constructivists.  While the Constructivist view is primarily the philosophy by which education programs are structured, content specialists and school personnel programs might have other philosophical basis.  The conceptual framework is sufficiently broad as an umbrella to embrace all of the programs. 

The conceptual framework is the guiding force for program development and performance assessment.  The outcome of the framework is the development of unit standards for all programs, which are Diversity, Assessment, Reflection, and Technology (DART). Infused throughout the Professional Education Program are seven key principles necessary for the growth and development of an effective 21st Century Professional Educator. These principles emerge from and align with the Unit’s core values.  Candidates exit the Professional Education program with content mastery within their respective discipline area, pedagogical knowledge to respond to diverse populations, professionalism to engage in continuous professional growth, leadership to create and communicate a shared vision, an equity lens to create fair and nonthreatening learning environments, global awareness to integrate various cultures and multiple perspectives, and inquiry skills to engage learners in the collection and analysis of data to influence decision making.

The following graphic depicts the College of Education’s Conceptual Framework:

Conceptual Framework Graphic