Conceptual Framework Professional Educator as Decision Maker
The conceptual framework adopted by Elizabeth City State University's professional education program, Professional Educator as Decision Maker, describes the vision and purpose of Dr. Helen Marshall Caldwell School of Education and Psychology in preparing educators to work in P-12 schools. Consistent with the institution's mission, its focus is to prepare educators to be competent evaluators, reflective practitioners, advocators of diversity, effective facilitators, critical thinkers and proficient technology users capable of meeting the diverse needs of all learners. Supported by a strong knowledge base, the conceptual framework provides a system for ensuring coherence and a well-articulated professional commitment to student knowledge of content, teaching effectiveness, leadership, and learning. This coherence is reflected in the curriculum, instruction and clinical experiences provided to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions that are valued in the professional educator. The conceptual framework is designed as the guiding force for program implementation, assessment, evaluation and effectiveness.