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College of Education

Conceptual Frameworks

The conceptual frameworks for the Richard W. Riley College of Education teacher educator programs provide the underlying structure and direction for the unit. The teacher education programs at the undergraduate and MAT levels are guided by the outcomes in the Initial Teacher Preparation Unit Standards. The Framework for Advanced Programs, Educator as Leader, includes complex outcomes in Leadership, Stewardship, and Scholarship that are suitable for graduate candidates in many educational programs such as administration, counseling, teaching, and school psychology.

Conceptual Framework for Initial Preparation Programs

Initial Teacher Preparation Unit Standards Framework

Conceptual Framework for Advanced Preparation Programs

Educator as Leader, A Conceptual Framework for Advanced Programs 


Professional Dispositions and Skills

Professional dispositions are attitudes, values, and beliefs that are demonstrated through verbal and non-verbal behaviors as professionals interact with students, clients, colleagues, families, and communities. Graduates of the College of Education are expected to uphold the highest standards of the profession as they relate to other professionals and the constituents they serve. 

The College of Education uses a proactive and preventative approach that is designed to assist students in developing more effective skills. The approach involves two tiers. Tier I involves formative feedback and is designed to improve student awareness of professional behaviors. Tier I uses the PDSA (Professional Dispositions Student Assessment). Tier II involves a structured intervention that is designed to improve targeted skills. Tier II involves the Professional Dispositions and Skills Concerns Intervention Form.

Tier I - Formative Feedback
PDSA (Professional Dispositions Student Assessment) - (pdf 33.5kb)
PDSA Procedures - (pdf 123kb)
PDSA Resources

Tier II - Skill Building Intervention

Professional Dispositions and Skills Intervention Procedures - (pdf 86.1kb)
Professional Dispositions and Skills Intervention Form
 - (pdf)

COE Dispositions Committee

The COE Dispositions Committee members are available to assist in the process of advising, assessing, and/or providing feedback about students' dispositions. The level of assistance is up to each individual professor. To contact the chair of the Dispositions Committee, please email Dr. Scot Radamaker at