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Conceptual Framework

The School of Education's Conceptual Framework describes the type of experiences that you will have in our programs.

Our Conceptual Framework focuses on developing Inquirer-Professionals. The six tenets of the Inquirer-Professional include:

• Knowledge Application and Development
• Instructional Process
• Context and Foundation of Education
• Learners and Learning
• Interpersonal Relation Skills
• Professional Relationships


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Inquirer-Professional

Knowledge Application and Development

1) Values theory and research.

2) Integrates theory and practice.

3) Enhances Practice of teaching.

Instructional Process

4) Demonstrates appropriate planning procedures.

5) Uses a variety of effective teaching strategies/methodologies for diverse learners.

6) Uses appropriate materials, media, and technology, including computers and the internet to actively engage students throughout the curriculum.

7) Implements instructional planning effectively.

8) Demonstrates effective communication skills in person and through the use of technology.

9) Analyzes subject matter content to maintain alignment with national, state, and local standards.

10) Integrates knowledge across disciplines.

11) Organizes classroom environment to promote learning.

12) Integrates the methodology of the disciplines and the special methods for teaching disciplines.

13) Evaluates instruction.

Context and Foundations of Education

14) Demonstrates a philosophical and historical perspective of education to improve educational practice in the classroom, the school and society.

15) Appraises current educational issues and controversies and their potential impact on democratic teaching and learning.

16) Relates current school organization patterns, school culture, and school climate to teaching and learning.

17) Analyzes the power structure in schools and communities to identify barriers to and opportunities for improvements, progress, and equity.

18) Builds learning communities among teachers, students, administrators, parents, and members of the wider community.

19) Demonstrates a multicultural and global perspective.

Learners and Learning

20) Assesses student progress in a variety of ways, including through the use of computers and appropriate Internet technology.

21) Diagnoses student needs, adapts instruction accordingly, and advocates for those who require special intervention.

22) Applies knowledge of human growth and development in student-centered educational settings.

23) Applies major theories of cognitive, affective, and psychomotor development.

24) Develops student's moral and ethical behavior.

25) Provides for uniqueness and diversity of the individual through instructional practice, assessment of student progress and curricular development.

Interpersonal Relation Skills

26) Demonstrates positive interpersonal relationships with students and parents, regardless of their culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or abilities.

27) Collaborates with colleagues.

28) Uses computers and Internet technology to enhance communication with and among students, parents, and colleagues.

Professional Relationships

29) Participates in Life-long professional growth activities.

30) Demonstrates a sense of professional responsibility.

31) Participates in professional organizations.