2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Sep 28, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Theoretical Framework & Learning Pursuits

Students in NVU-Johnson Department of Education programs gain both an understanding of the discipline of education and a practical grasp of effective professional practice. These two realms provide a foundation for the development of content-specific professional knowledge, the use of action research to design pedagogical strategies, the use of critical theory to confidently serve as a progressive colleague and advocate, and the pursuit of continuous personal growth. Taken together, these four strands of learning and inquiry support the program theme, “Teach with Intention.”

Students who successfully complete a Department of Education program will:

  • Use academic study to examine content area knowledge including established constructs, historical developments, common misconceptions, enduring questions and cross-disciplinary connections;
  • Use action research to design and assess original, inclusive and engaging learning experiences that are meaningful and effective;
  • Use critical analysis grounded in social, political, ethical and leadership perspectives to reframe educational endeavors toward more vibrant and just ends; and
  • Use self-study grounded in an understanding of diverse world-views to rethink longstanding, conventional notions toward an open-minded, strength-based perspective.