The Conceptual Framework of the School of Education articulates the vision and foundation that drives teacher preparation at Kentucky State University. The theme of the Conceptual Framework is Teachers as Liberators Through Education. Within the School of Education, education is conceived as liberating. Liberation occurs through education if, as a result of learning, knowledge replaces ignorance, critical consciousness takes over from lack of awareness, and self efficacy displaces diffidence and despair.
The Conceptual Framework has four cardinal components:
For teachers to be effective in utilizing education as a liberating process, they must be generally and professionally knowledgeable and skilled facilitators of learning, and they must possess appropriate dispositions, and the capability to work with diverse learners.
The knowledge component of our programs is provided mainly through four areas:
- Liberal studies;
- Content studies;
- Foundations of education;
- Pedagogical content knowledge.
Teaching Skills Component
We believe that there is no single best way to teach. We strive to equip our candidates with a repertoire of varied teaching skills. The various programs within the School of Education provide opportunities for our candidates to develop and demonstrate different teaching skills. The programs particularly stress the need for teachers to develop differentiated instruction.
Programs in the School of Education are committed to fostering in our candidates the dispositions that will help to equip them to function effectively as liberators through education. In collaboration with our P-12 administrators and teachers, we identified the following program dispositions:
- Commitment to the pursuit of knowledge;
- Commitment to diversity as a cardinal principle of equitable education;
- Demonstrate respect and enthusiasm for both the practice and profession of education;
- Respect the accepted legal and ethical norms and values of education;
- Collaborate with colleagues, parents, and students;
- Know and utilize effective assessment strategies;
- Exercise professionally valued personal management behaviors;
- Practice reflective thinking for continuous professional and personal improvement;
- Demonstrate effective communication skills.
We are deeply aware that diversity is a fact of life in schools and classrooms. The programs within the School of Education provide a variety of experiences aimed at preparing our candidates to be effective in responding to student diversity.