Conceptual Framework


General Statement

The COE'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.

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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.

 

Content Knowledge
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.

 

Professional Standards
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
Access & delivery for Assessment, problem solving & 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 & processes for effective pedagogical practice

Content Knowledge
The core concepts, ideas & theories of the specific content area being taught

Professional Standards
The valued goals & 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 & types of learning