Conceptual Framework

The Conceptual Framework provides a common structure for all initial and advanced preparation education programs at University of Phoenix.

The Conceptual Framework is centered on the Educational Professional and seven themes that support professional practice. An emphasis on knowledge, skills, dispositions, and lifelong learning as essential elements for professional practice binds these themes together. The themes are reflected in and emphasized throughout coursework, candidate assessments, field experience, and professional practice as appropriate. It is the guiding document for faculty, candidates, advisors, and academic staff in the design and implementation of programs, and candidate and program evaluation. Initial and advanced preparation programs emphasize the following themes for professional practice.

  • Advocating for Learning
  • Collaborating with Educational Communities
  • Engaging in Reflective Practice
  • Integrating Technology
  • Leading through Innovative Practices
  • Practicing Professional Ethics
  • Valuing Diversity
Conceptual Framework Wheel

The focus and themes of the Conceptual Framework are aligned with the University of Phoenix Learning Goals, as well as with the University’s mission. The University Learning Goals apply to each student in every program at all degree levels and are incorporated into curricula, instruction, and assessment.

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Information Utilization
  • Professional Competence and Values

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