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Conceptual Framework

Click here for a printable version of the complete Conceptual Framework Commitments - Updated Spring 2012


The Conceptual Framework establishes a shared vision in preparing educators to work effectively in P-12 schools and provides direction for programs, courses, teaching, candidate performance, scholarship, service and accountability. The Conceptual Framework is continuously evaluated in an outcome based system, and is knowledge-based, articulated, shared and consistent with the University of North Alabama's institutional mission -

Changing lives. Creating futures.

The Conceptual Framework is designed to reflect current research-based knowledge and effective practices through professionalism, assessment, collaboration, technology, diversity and reflection. The UNA College of Education & Human Sciences prepares

"Knowledgeable Practicing Professionals" who:

  1. Have content and pedagogical knowledge to demonstrate professionalism through a set of beliefs, actions, dispositions and ethical standards that form the core of their practice;
  2. Have the knowledge and ability to use assessment strategies to guide teaching and learning, especially impact on student learning, and to strengthen instruction and increase professional growth
  3. Form communities of learners with other teachers, parents, and members of the community, through collaboration, teamwork, and research-based approaches;
  4. Use technology to support assessment, planning and instruction for promoting student learning;
  5. Value and plan for diversity in curriculum development, instructional strategies and in the promotion of social consciousness;
  6. Know and use self-awareness and reflection as decision-making tools for assuring student learning, professional performance and personal growth.

Graduates of the University of North Alabama's College of Education & Human Sciences are knowledgeable practicing professionals who are prepared as outstanding educators and leaders through achievement of the highest standards of knowledge and practice to assist all students to learn.

Conceptual Framework

Engaging Learners

Inspiring Leaders

Transforming Lives