Conceptual Framework


The College of Education and those partners who compose the Educator Preparation Program (EPP) share the vision established by the conceptual framework. It guides their efforts as they work collaboratively to develop highly qualified teachers who are prepared to educate diverse learners. The conceptual framework is based upon seven tenets:

Diversity: Respect for Diversity

1.1 Demonstrate respect for cultural and individual differences.
1.2 Treat all learners equitably and fairly.
1.3 Hold high expectations for the success of all learners.

Professionalism: Essentials of Professionalism

2.1 Demonstrate professional, ethical standards of behavior in all interactions with students, parents/guardians, colleagues, administrators, and other constituents.
2.2 Show dedication to life-long learning through professional development, involvement in professional organizations, and keeping current with research in one’s field.

Collaboration: Importance of Collaboration

3.1  Employ effective communication that makes families and community constituents true partners in the educational process
3.2 Collaboratewith other professionals to support and maintain high levels of learning for all students.

Assessment: Value of Authentic Assessment

4.1 Use multiple types of assessment techniques and instruments to measure student learning.
4.2 Model data driven decision making based on assessment.
4.3 Evaluate alignment of instruction and assessment with learning goals.

Reflection: Merit of Reflection

5.1 Demonstrate the ability to reflect upon and analyze data from observations and assessments.
5.2 Demonstrate the ability to reflect on pedagogical decisions that affect student learning, the curriculum, and instructional strategies.

Technology: Value of Technology

6.1 Model moral, ethical, and legal use of technology for teaching and learning.
6.2 Enhance instruction by facilitating appropriate and effective use of modern technological resources.
6.3 Focus on educational technologies to actively engage in the assessment of learning.

Content: Essential Pedagogical and Content Knowledge

7.1 Demonstrate appropriate content knowledge in subject area(s) and grade level.
7.2 Demonstrate effective pedagogical content knowledge and application in professional practice.

The shared vision and seven tenets provide direction for programs of study, instruction, scholarship, and service. They require adherence to high standards of academic, professional, and ethical performance. Armstrong prepared educators exemplify the highest qualities of character and ethical behaviors while demonstrating the dispositions, knowledge, and skills required to succeed in the modern classroom.