COE Professional Beliefs of the Conceptual Framework

COE Professional Beliefs of the Conceptual Framework


Field Experience

The Conceptual Framework of the COE establishes an integrated vision for teaching, learning, professionalism and educator preparation at Bloomsburg University. Our Conceptual Framework provides the foundation for the institution’s philosophical underpinnings, beliefs and values as well as outlines the proficiencies we emphasize and our commitment to the preparation of effective education professionals.

Additionally, it guides the planning, development and implementation of programs and ensures connections between coursework, field experiences, student teaching and unit-wide assessment practices. The Conceptual Framework reflects our commitment to developing high professional standards, instilling the candidate with the necessary skills for problem solving; preparing the candidate to excel in collaborative professional settings; conveying the necessity of life-long learning; and preparing educators to work effectively with diverse populations.

All initial teacher education programs within the COE emphasize the development of the required knowledge, skills and professional dispositions to ensure the candidates are prepared to meet all unit, state and professional standards upon completion of their program.

The faculty members of the COE have identified the core candidate proficiencies related to the expected knowledge, skills and professional dispositions for effective practice. COE faculty members have also identified the core Professional Dispositions that educators must possess to interact effectively with students, families, colleagues, and communities.

The emphasis on dispositions reflects the critical importance of professional behaviors and the high degree of value placed on developing professional attitudes, values, and beliefs as evidenced through practice. The following candidate proficiencies are addressed throughout each course, field experience, and program within the teacher education unit. We believe effective educational professionals will apply their knowledge, skills, and dispositions to:

    1. Plan Coherent Practice and Pedagogy

    • Demonstrate Knowledge of Discipline-Specific Content
    • Demonstrate Knowledge of Content-Related Pedagogy
    • Demonstrate Knowledge of Standards for Performance Outcomes
    • Demonstrate Knowledge and Recognition of the Diverse Needs and Interests of Learners
    • Design Effective Instruction and Service Using Internal and External Resources
    • Plan for the Effective Use of Volunteers and Other Professionals to Enhance Learning

    2. Create Inclusive Environments Conducive to Optimal Learning

    • Demonstrate the Belief That Everyone Can Learn
    • Establish Learning Environments Based on Mutual Respect and Rapport
    • Demonstrate an Understanding of How Cultural Identities Shape Professional Expectations and Practices
    • Demonstrate an Understanding of Cultural Similarities and Differences Through Instruction and/or Service to Optimize Learning
    • Differentiate Practices and Curricula to Ensure Fairness and Value Diversity
    • Establish and Communicate Clear Behavioral Expectations
    • Structure and Monitor the Learning Environment to Support Academic, Interpersonal and Emotional Performance Outcomes of Learners
    • Organize and Manage the Instructional Environment

    3. Ensure Effective Instruction and Assessment

    • Communicate Clear Learner Expectations, Content Explanations, and Guidance/Feedback
    • Engage Everyone in Varied Learning Activities and Resources
    • Monitor and Differentiate Relevant Instruction and/or Service to Meet the Needs of Learners
    • Provide Opportunities for Individual and Collaborative Problem Solving through Critical and Creative Thinking
    • Design and Use Formative and Summative Assessments Congruent with Performance Outcomes of Learners
    • Maintain and Analyze Data for Use in Monitoring Learner Progress and Differentiating Instruction and Service
    • Utilize Technology Effectively to Enhance Learning

    4. Exhibit Professionalism

    • Demonstrate Decision Making Aligned with Professional Ethical Standards
    • Participate in Reflective Inquiry for Professional Growth
    • Collaborate and Communicate with Colleagues, Families and Community Members to Meet the Needs of Learners
    • Engage in Professional Growth Opportunities and Resources at Local, State, National and International Levels
    • Engage in School Initiatives, Activities and Events to Enhance the Learning Community
    • Demonstrate Individual and Collaborative Problem-Solving Skills
    • Remain Current and Appropriately Use New Instructional Technologies