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Conceptual Framework

In 2005 the faculty of the College of Education (COE) developed the current Conceptual Framework entitled Teachers for America’s Future. To better reflect a global focus, the theme was updated in 2007 to Educators for a Global Future. This theme was fully articulated through identified goals, outcomes, and professional dispositions that were embedded in course syllabi across the curriculum. The COE’s ultimate goal was to prepare teachers who will make thoughtful and effective choices when confronted with instructional decisions in the classroom. These decisions will prepare children and youth to meet the demands of the future.

In 2012, Athens State University became an autonomous public institution governed by a Board of Trustees. This presented an opportunity for the College of Education to review and revise the existing conceptual framework to more closely align with the new goals, vision, and mission of the university. Through a focus on continuous improvement and an effort to address diversity more fully within the program, the faculty in the COE reviewed the strengths and weaknesses of the existing conceptual framework and elected to update the tenets to include a stronger theoretical foundation and a focus on social justice. The revised conceptual framework resulted in a new theme Preparation of the Reflective Practitioner: Educating Communities. This new framework was finalized in 2013 and will be fully implemented with the fall 2014 semester.

The full conceptual framework documents may be viewed at the following links:

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