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Conceptual Framework

Teacher Education Program Conceptual Framework
Learning, Serving, Transforming

Purpose Statement:

The purpose of the teacher education program at Covenant College is to prepare competent and compassionate teachers who practice their profession according to biblical guidelines in diverse educational settings. Candidates develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to become teachers who model life-long learning and faithful service to God as change-agents in society.


Education - Covenant College Undergraduate Liberal Arts Programs


Teacher Standards:

Domain A: Knowledge

1.    Framework. Apply a biblical worldview to the nature and needs of learners, the role of schools in society, content and professional knowledge, and instruction.

2.    Student Development. Use knowledge of human learning and development to provide learning opportunities that support students’ physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and spiritual growth.

3.    Content. Demonstrate understanding of the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline taught and create learning experiences that make these aspects of the subject matter meaningful for students.

Domain B: Planning

4.    Planning. Plan instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, curriculum goals and standards, student differences, and the social and cultural characteristics of the community.

5.    Diversity. Create instructional opportunities adapted to the needs of diverse learners, including differences related to culture, ethnicity, race, language, gender, social class, learning styles, and exceptionality.

Domain C: Instruction

6.    Instructional Strategies. Use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students’ development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.

7.    Technology. Use appropriate technology in teaching and learning.

Domain D: Assessment

8.    Assessment. Understand and use formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure students' continuous intellectual, emotional, and social development.

Domain E: Classroom Environment

9.    Management. Create and maintain a learning environment that encourages responsible care for others, collaborative inquiry, active engagement in learning, and self motivation.

10.  Communication. Use effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.

Domain F: Professional Growth

11.  Professional Growth. Evaluate effects of choices and actions on others and actively pursue individual and collaborative opportunities to grow professionally as an ethical, reflective practitioner.

12.  Community. Foster relationships with colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support student learning and well being.