Conceptual Framework for the College of Education
The Effective Professional
The College of Education’s Conceptual Framework provides direction for the development of effective professionals. It is a living document that continuously evolves as opportunities and challenges emerge. The four components of the CF are the institutional standards used for candidate assessment in undergraduate and graduate programs. They are Knowledge of the Learner (KL), Strategies and Methods (SM), Content Knowledge (CK), and Professional Standards (PS). Diversity, Technology, and Dispositions are included in the assessment process as themes that are integrated throughout all programs in the educational unit.
Knowledge of Learner
Candidates’ understanding of the learner which is necessary to provide effective and equitable instruction
The educational unit prepares candidates to demonstrate and value sensitivity to the needs of all learners. Candidates acquire an understanding of learners as individuals and incorporate this knowledge as they progress through their educational experiences at Southeastern. As effective professionals, they continue that practice throughout their careers. Diversity and Dispositions are integral parts of the program, and Technology is integrated throughout the program.
Strategies and Methods
Strategies and methods appropriate to each program within the educational unit which are necessary to develop effective professionals
The effective professional demonstrates best practices through inquiry, creativity, and reflective thinking. Constructive and reflective problem-solving processes require the effective professional to consider and integrate complex information. Diversity and Dispositions are integral parts of the program, and Technology is integrated throughout the program.
Candidates’ thorough understanding of the content appropriate to the area of specialization
Candidates exhibit depth of knowledge in their area of specialization and breadth of understanding of general subjects within the educational unit. Diversity and Dispositions are integral parts of the program, and Technology is integrated throughout the program.
Established criteria that guide effective professionals in each discipline area
The educational unit is based on professional standards that enable candidates to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become effective professionals. University course objectives and learner outcomes are aligned with national, state, and institutional standards. Candidates incorporate professional standards as they progress through their educational experiences at Southeastern and continue that practice throughout their careers. Diversity and Dispositions are integral parts of the program, and Technology is integrated throughout the program.
Mission Statement: The College of Education exists to serve communities, develop effective professionals, and implement innovative programs.
Vision Statement: The faculty of the College of Education sets the standard for excellence through best practices.
The following definitions are offered to help the reader understand the conceptual framework:
Diversity: All forms of differences among all levels of learners.
Technology: Accessand delivery for assessment, problem solving, and productivity.
Dispositions: Values, beliefs, attitudes the foundation of the profession.
Knowledge of the Learner: The cognitive, physical, emotional, social development of the learner.
Strategies and Methods: The tools and processes for effective pedagogical practice.
Content Knowledge: The core concepts, ideas, and theories of the specific content area being taught.
Professional Standards: The valued goals and outcomes in a specific content area to be mastered by the learner
Learner: A broad meaning of the term “learner” is intended to include all levels and types of learning.