Our programs are built upon the principles and values outlined in the College of Education Spectrum Conceptual Framework which stresses the Knowledge, Skills and Dispositions that are necessary components of the education of a quality teacher.
Knowledge includes the content of the courses you take toward your B. A. Degree. These courses include the following areas:
- General education including the arts, sciences, humanities, social sciences and other courses necessary for a well-rounded higher education experience.
- Courses in an appropriate academic major sequence.
- Courses in Education that include the social and psychological foundations of education; competence in lesson planning and alignment; impact of cultural, economic, governmental and social forces on education; and, field experiences.
Skills includes the acquisition and use of educational competencies and strategies that are required for successful delivery of knowledge to children in schools. Also included are skills in use of technology, lesson design and presentation, classroom management, organization and the nature of curriculum, assessment and evaluation of student learning.
Dispositions (Values) include the values and attitudes toward education that you will develop through your acquisition of knowledge and skills. You should consider yourself as a life-long learner. You should have appropriate positive attitudes toward the education field, and the children in your classroom. You must consider the needs of all the children in your classroom and develop your professional competence when dealing with them, other teachers, administrators and parents. Your goal should be to educate your children to be effective citizens in a pluralistic society and life-long learners themselves.