The mission, philosophy, and goals of the Teacher Education Unit complement those of the university by developing in our candidates the intellectual, personal, and professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to teach students at each licensure level. The Conceptual Framework serves as our guiding document. Linked to our curriculum, it is the basis for assessment, analysis, and improvement of our program.
The Conceptual Framework of the Teacher Education Unit at OWU is organized around three themes: I: Content Knowledge, II: Teaching and Learning, and III: Character and Professionalism. These themes are supported by current research, and address the standards adopted by the State of Ohio which are from the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession, the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, and various specialty professional organizations that govern the teacher preparation programs offered by the Unit. Additionally, content knowledge is aligned with the Ohio Academic Content Standards which, in turn, are aligned with the content required by the various professional organizations. The full Conceptual Framework, which was revised in Spring 2010, is presented below: