Mission / Vision / Conceptual Framework
The Proficient Educator
The conceptual framework is the blueprint that guides the cooperative development of the Fort Valley State University College of Education’s new teacher preparation program and that confirms the university-wide, alumni, and community commitment to sustaining the new program. The conceptual framework is crafted to ensure dedication to academic quality, to actuate documented assessment, and to demonstrate unwavering accountability.
The conceptual framework was collaboratively developed with input from members of the Board of Regents’ External Team, The FVSU Bridge Team, FVSU faculty, alumni, P-12 partners, and community stakeholders. FVSU’s conceptual framework articulates the institution’s shared vision for preparing effective and competent teacher educators for P-12 schools as is reflected in our theme The Proficient Educator
. We believe that proficient educators demonstrate mastery of content knowledge and use effective pedagogical and technological skills to bring all learners to high levels of understanding. Proficient educators practice ethical behavior, are knowledgeable of and demonstrate the ability to implement professional, state, and institutional standards, and display caring dispositions that lead to effective student learning.
The College of Education offers programs for pre-service and in-service teachers in collaboration with other units of the university, with its P-12 schools, and with community stakeholders. In preparing The Proficient Educator, FVSU offers educator preparation programs that adhere to the standards of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Professional Standards Commission (PSC), Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC), National Middle School Association (NMSA), National Board of Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), and other relevant disciplinary organizations.
FVSU is the only 1890 land-grant senior-level institution in the University System of Georgia with an established, recognized mission in the combined areas of teaching, research, extension, and public service. The mission of FVSU is to:
- enhance opportunities for the intellectual, personal and professional development of the under-served segment of the population in the state and a limited cohort in the nation;
- maintain high quality, innovative and technologically advanced programs in teacher education;
- sustain a broad-based general education curriculum grounded in the liberal arts tradition;
- offer a variety of disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and professional academic programs at the baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate levels with specializations in the arts, sciences, and technologies;
- provide international education opportunities designed to disseminate new knowledge and technology for improving the quality of life throughout the world; and
- develop fully all components of the land-grant function to include a basic and applied research program, a comprehensive public service and technical assistance program, and a full range of degree programs in the food and agricultural sciences, the mechanical arts, and related areas.
The mission of the CoE is to prepare proficient educators who demonstrate in-depth content knowledge, cultural competence and sensitivity as well as an array of effective pedagogical skills that have been honed through rigorous classroom and field-based experiences, and to facilitate successful teaching/learning outcomes in diverse environments. Both the initial and advanced level programs support this mission that, in turn, supports the mission of the university.
We strive to create learning environments and opportunities that prepare proficient educators to perform effectively and ethically in a global and technological society. Through the collaborative efforts of faculty, staff, and P-12 professionals, the College of Education establishes instructional expectations that are built on current best practices as identified by state, national, and international professional associations. All teacher-educator faculty are expected to model for teacher candidates the scholarly productivity and pedagogical skills required for all students to achieve high levels of learning.
Consistent with its historic and current mission, the CoE is dedicated to the preparation of highly qualified academically and culturally Proficient Educators who are thoughtful and caring as they share the CoE’s vision of creating environments of learning and change, with an emphasis on rural communities, that enable students from diverse backgrounds to become responsible and productive citizens in their communities.
Our goal is to prepare highly qualified, culturally sensitive, proficient educators who engage in reflective inquiry, critical thinking, and innovative practice and who bring students from diverse populations to high levels of achievement.
The philosophy of the College of Education is that excellent teaching requires a lifelong commitment to and practice of active learning, a practice governed by a nurturing disposition, reflective inquiry, differentiated instruction, and action research. We believe that candidates who are actively engaged in learning in the core and in the new teacher preparation program will actively engage their students. The teacher must be a learner and a researcher, engaging students in learning. We want our teachers and candidates at Fort Valley State University, as well as our public school stakeholders, to change the way students think and respond to learning.
Proficient educators demonstrate mastery of their content and professional knowledge and exemplify the ability to use these knowledge bases as the foundation for designing innovative instruction and for designing active learning opportunities for diverse students.