The Catholic University of America Department of Education's conceptual framework moves from general (vision and mission of the university), to specific (Unit Assessment system). We include in our conceptual framework the University's vision and mission statements to help the reader understand how our department fits into the larger goals of the institution. The departmental vision and mission provide a snapshot of what we view as long-term success the philosophical essence of the department. Reflective practice represents both the essence of our philosophy (why we teach) and our unifying instructional theme (how we teach). The content of each individual course is built around the professional knowledge, skills and dispositions established by national and specialized professional associations. What makes our program special is this overarching theme of reflection that ties coursework and field experiences together.
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