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Conceptual Framework

Educational Professional Conceptual Framework. A continuum of knowledge, skills, dispositions, and lifelong learning.

Our Conceptual Framework provides a common structure for all College of Education programs. It is the guiding structure for the design, implementation, and evaluation of our programs and sets expectations for teaching and learning by our faculty and candidates.

Emphasizing a continuum of knowledge, skills, dispositions, and lifelong learning as essential elements for professional practice, the Conceptual Framework is centered on the College’s vision of the Educational Professional. Seven themes support this vision through seminal and current research and are evidenced in the design and delivery of each of our educator preparation programs.

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.


  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • Digital Fluency
  • Collaboration
  • Cultural Competency and Ethics
  • Communication

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 700 hours of video program with more than 300 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, and Center for Mathematics Excellence.

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