Conceptual Framework

The Candle

The candle in the center of the image represents the motto "Fides Lumen Praebeat": May Faith Grant Light. It is through enlightenment that teacher candidates will learn to enlighten their future students.

The Seal

The Coat of Arms of St. Gregory's University represents the setting,
which promotes the development of teachers who are immersed in and dedicated to the liberal arts education of the whole person in the context of the Benedictine tradition.

The Rainbow

The full circle rainbow indicates the reoccurring assessment through reflection that is central to the St. Gregory's University conceptual framework. ending cycle of study, practice, reflection and refinement.

First Circle: Knowledge of Self

At the core of all knowledge is knowledge of self, hence it is the first of the knowledge circles.

Second Circle: Knowledge of Learners

Through mentoring, discussion and academic study, the teacher candidate moves from self-knowledge to a knowledge of similar and dissimilar learners.

Third Circle: Knowledge of Subject Matter

Effective teacher education requires a serious commitment to the development
of teacher candidate's understanding of subject matter.

Fourth Circle: Knowledge of Pedagogy

Key to the profession of education is understanding pedagogy; the methods of teaching
and learning that underlie activities in the classroom or learning setting.

Fifth Circle: Field Experiences

The fifth circle, labeled "Field Experience," reflects the necessary association
of knowledge and understanding with practical application.

Sixth Circle: Student Teaching

Student teaching is the culminating experience for the teacher candidate, when the teacher candidate applies knowledge of self, knowledge of learners, knowledge of subject matter, knowledge of pedagogy, and knowledge gained from field experiences, to a practical application of that knowledge.

Seventh Circle: Reflection

Reflection, the outside circle, encompasses all aspects of knowledge, understanding and application.