School of Education

Conceptual Framework

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Learner Outcomes

Our Learner Outcomes become the basis for the results of our programs. They are what we expect our students to value, to know, and to be able to do. There are six learner outcomes or elements in the conceptual framework.

Caring comprises beliefs and actions.

  • Beliefs: Our candidates are committed to ethical and democratic dispositions including respecting the rights and responsibilities of all and recognizing diverse points of view.
  • Actions: Our candidates act in accord with the rights and responsibilities of all; are sensitive to developmental, social, and cultural differences; and encourage a democratic culture.

Capable consists of knowledge and practice.

  • Knowledge: Our candidates are knowledgeable about the foundations of education and about their specialty area(s), including appropriate practices.
  • Practice: Our candidates apply their knowledge through best practices that include the effective use of educational and information technology and appropriate assessments.

Connected contains communication and integration.

  • Communication: Our candidates communicate effectively through a variety of representations (spoken, written, and digital).
  • Integration: Our candidates synthesize their knowledge and practices to integrate interdisciplinary perspectives and applications by making connections to real life and by making global issues locally relevant.

Assessment System

Ratings are based on a variety of candidate products throughout programs including field experiences and clinical practice. All initial candidates are rated four times in their program with one of four ratings (1=unsatisfactory, 2=developing, 3=proficient, and 4=distinguished) using a set of rubrics specific to each time period. The assessment of advanced candidates varies by program, either two or three times, and with a choice of two to four ratings. The ratings, CF scores, are recorded for all candidates and are archived in LiveText. We generate yearly data reports, and faculty review and respond to the data.