The Catholic University of America

Conceptual Framework

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 provide the vision and mission statements for the university to allow the reader to 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 (vision) and essential functions to reach that success (mission).  From there, the reader will reach 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).  As is true for most, if not all, teacher educational programs, 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 course work, theories and field experiences together.

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