Professional Education Unit's Conceptual Framework

A Tradition of Caring: Informed Professionals Promoting Student Success and
Excellent Practice in Education

Themes and Associated Learning Outcomes

Focus on Student Learning

  • Respect of cultures, values, beliefs and talents of all persons
  • Recognition that self-esteem influences achievement
  • Value of cultural dimensions of communication
  • Understanding how learning occurs

Salisbury University graduates:

  • Incorporate an understanding of social context, cognitive and psychological development, and professional ethics into their practice.
  • Understand human diversity and design activities and experiences which develop individual strengths.
  • Foster a climate conducive to inquiry, achievement and active construction of knowledge.
  • Communicate effectively to diverse audiences through a variety of mediums, including technology.
  • Create environments that promote active discourse and interaction among participants.

Scholarship

  • Content and pedagogical knowledge grounded in the arts and sciences.
  • Interactive models of teaching that engage all learners and encourage active learning in a scholarly environment.
  • Recognition that careers in education require a lifelong process of scholarly learning.

Salisbury University graduates:

  • Apply knowledge and skills attained through rigorous content and pedagogical study
  • Experience and apply varied instructional strategies as an essential component of practice in each discipline.
  • Develop a commitment to scholarship and continue to expand knowledge and facility in their respective fields of study.

Informed and Reflective Practice

  • Clear communication of knowledge so that others can learn.
  • Application of pedagogical theory to diverse educational settings.
  • Appreciation of the use of technology as a tool for learning and communication.
  • Informed decision making.
  • Quality performance through critically examined practice.

Salisbury University graduates:

  • Connect knowledge with an understanding of how content learning occurs.
  • Demonstrate skills in communication, critical thinking, problem solving and leadership in a variety of professional settings.
  • Employ skills in technology to promote inquiry and effective practice.
  • Draw upon experience, research and knowledge of best practice to make professional decisions.
  • Strive to refine and improve practice through continuous reflection and assessment.
  • Base decisions and actions on professional and ethical judgment.

Professional Collaboration and Development

  • Knowledge of schools as social and political systems.
  • Establishment of productive relationships with parents, educators, and other members of the community.
  • Commitment to teaching, learning and service through participation in professional development.
  • Appreciation of the magnitude of responsibility for education professionals.

Salisbury University graduates:

  • Understand that schools are organizations within a larger community and recognize that the community influences schools and education.
  • Collaborate with others as members of learning communities to promote educational excellence and to bring about necessary change.
  • Pursue knowledge through professional development and demonstrate excellence and enthusiasm for teaching, learning and service.