College of Education

West Chester University

302 Recitation Hall
West Chester, PA 19383
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WCU Conceptual Framework

West Chester University’s Professional Education Unit's conceptual organizing theme, Teaching and Learning in Context, not only reflects an integrated set of overarching principles and values that give shape to the structures and processes of our programs but also places all professional education programs within the larger context of the West Chester University Mission of providing “high-quality undergraduate education programs.”

The theme highlights the professional education programs’ holistic philosophy that sees educational encounters as always more than the sum of their most visible parts: teacher, candidate, K-12 student, curriculum, and classroom. The professional education unit believes that the reflective practitioner understands and values learning and teaching in context – including internal, cultural, social, and environmental factors – and is able to function effectively on behalf of all students.

Simply expressed, the West Chester University conceptual framework states that each professional education program will prepare teachers and other school professionals who:

  • Know learners, subject matter, pedagogy and curriculum;
  • Construct effective learning experiences, continuous assessment processes that close the evaluation loop;
  • Value diversity and community in the classroom through practice;
  • Apply knowledge of the context of education and engage in collaborative activities partnerships, service and advocacy; and
  • Direct personal growth and professional practice and reflective practice.

WCU Conceptual Framework