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The Conceptual Framework
Within the context of a distinctive Baptist heritage, the inclusion of the paideia ideal, and the know-how of blending theory and practice, the College of Education has chosen for its conceptual framework the theme: “The Transforming Educator - To Know, To Do, To Be.”
To Know the foundations of the education profession, content bases for curricula, and characteristics of diverse learners.
1. Demonstrates knowledge of the philosophical, historical, sociological, legal, and psychological foundations of education.
2. Demonstrates expertise in the content bases for curricula, the appropriate uses of technology, good communication skills, and effective pedagogy.
3. Shows understanding of and respect for the characteristics, cognitive and social developmental stages, emotional and psychological needs, and learning styles of diverse and special needs learners.
To Do the work of a professional educator in planning and implementing well-integrated curricula using developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive instructional strategies, materials, and technology.
1. Plans, implements and assesses well-integrated, developmentally-appropriate, and culturally-responsive lessons which are well grounded in pedagogical and psychological theory.
2. Individualizes, differentiates, and adapts instruction to meet the needs of diverse and special needs learners.
3. Uses a wide variety of teaching methods, strategies, technology, and materials.
To Be a reflective, collaborative, and responsive decision-maker, facilitator, and role model within the classroom, school, community, and global environment.
1. Believes in his or her own efficacy as an educator and uses feedback, reflection, research, and collaboration to enhance teaching performance, revise and refine instruction, make decisions, develop and modify instruction, and grow as a professional.
2. Models understanding, respect, and appreciation for diverse educational, cultural, and socioeconomic groups; a willingness to consider diverse opinions and perspectives; and concern for community and global awareness.
3. Models positive and effective interpersonal skills interacting with learners, parents, other educators and members of the community.