Conceptual Framework

The Conceptual Framework establishes the shared vision for a unit's efforts in preparing educators to work effectively in P-12 schools. It provides direction for programs, courses, teaching, candidate performance, scholarship, service, and unit accountability. As the document defining institutional standards for Furman University, it includes the following structural elements:

  • The vision and mission of the institution and unit 
  • The unit's philosophy, purposes, and goals 
  • Knowledge bases including theories, research, the wisdom of practice, and education policies 
  • The unit's commitment to diversity and the preparation of educators who help all students learn 
  • The unit's commitment to the integration of technology to enhance the learning of the candidate and of the students taught by the candidate 
  • Candidate proficiencies aligned with the expectations in professional, state and institutional standards 
  • The system by which candidate performance is regularly assessed 

(From page 12 of Professional Standards for Accreditation of Schools, Colleges, and Departments of Education, 2002 edition, NCATE)


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