CoEd Conceptual Framework
Conceptual Framework Documents and Illustrations
Conceptual Framework document (pdf)
Alignment of Conceptual Framework to unit, state, and professional standards (pdf)
Conceptual Framework Illustration (pdf)
PREPARED Graphic (pdf)
The conceptual framework establishes the shared vision for the College's efforts in preparing educators to work effectively in P-12 schools. It provides direction for programs, courses, teaching, candidate performance, scholarship, service, and unit accountability. The conceptual framework is knowledge-based, articulated, shared, coherent, consistent with the unit and/or institutional mission, and continuously evaluated. The conceptual framework provides the bases that describe the unit's intellectual philosophy, which distinguishes graduates of one institution from those of another (NCATE Unit Standards, 2000).
The framework for the College of Education at New Mexico State University (NMSU) has been developed through continual dialogue between administrators, faculty, students, and members of the College Council. Information was gathered from NCATE Standards, NMSU's Mission Statement, conceptual frameworks from universities similar in size/purpose to NMSU, the College's previous conceptual framework, and the College of Education's Five-Year Plan. Input was additionally incorporated from recommendations that were generated at faculty retreats held for the purpose of examining the status and future direction of the College of Education. The emerging conceptual framework undergirds the curriculum, instruction, field and clinical practice, and assessment of candidates in all credential and degree programs in the College.