Conceptual Framework

The Conceptual Framework provides a common structure for all initial and advanced preparation education programs at University of Phoenix.

The Conceptual Framework provides a common structure for all initial and advanced preparation education programs. It is focused around seven themes that support the professional educator. These themes are bound together with an emphasis on knowledge, skills, disposition and lifelong learning as essential elements for professional practice.

Our degree programs are aligned with professional, state and program outcomes and emphasize the following themes: 


  • Advocating for Learning
  • Collaborating with Educational Communities
  • Engaging in Reflective Practice
  • Integrating Technology
  • Leading through Innovative Practices
  • Practicing Professional Ethics
  • Valuing Diversity, Inclusion and Equity

The Conceptual Framework is the guiding document for faculty, candidates, advisors and academic staff in the design, implementation and evaluation of programs. Initial and advanced preparation programs emphasize the following themes for professional practice.

The focus and themes of the Conceptual Framework are aligned with the University of Phoenix Learning Goals, as well as with the University’s mission. These goals are incorporated into curricula, instruction and assessments and apply to students in all programs and degree levels.

The Learning Goals include:

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Information Utilization
  • Professional Competence and Values

Technology is interwoven throughout the program and aligned to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards. Throughout their coursework, candidates are expected to develop presentations, graphic organizers, brochures, and/or poster presentations using the presentation tool of their choice. Candidates infuse technology applications in their lesson plans and instructional units and reflect on the role of technology as a tool for teaching and learning.

The College of Education also maintains a Technology Resource Library where candidates have access to technology tools, tutorials, and applications. The Technology Resource Library provides information about various education technology tools and offers suggestions on how technology can be integrated in the classroom, including assistive technologies for students with special needs. Additional electronic resources include multimedia resources, toolkits on educational topics, electronic handbooks, and e-portfolio resources. The toolkits provide relevant information on assessment, educational technology, special education, STEM, teacher evaluation, among others.

All candidates have full access to Educational Impact’s EI Online Academy, a collection of over 450 hours of video programs with more than 150 hours of classroom videos. Videos include leading national education experts who provide analysis and commentary of real-life classroom scenarios and unnarrated classroom lessons. Electronic learning resources are also available to candidates, including the university library, Center for Writing Excellence, Center for Mathematics Excellence, and technology workshops.

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