The College of Saint Rose Conceptual Framework Statement of Philosophy and Purpose

The College of Saint Rose Education Unit is committed to providing quality and distinctive educational programs. Our philosophy evolves from our belief in the profound influence and possibilities of education to guide and promote the intellectual and human development of people in a diverse society.

The educational dynamic of our teaching and learning environments forges the insight, meaning, skills, and strategies necessary to improve continuously the quality of individual and collective life. Ethics, freedom of inquiry and expression, and the exchange of ideas inform our practice. Imperative to our educational endeavors are morality, integrity and character. Critical analysis and the development of theoretical frameworks, leading effective practices, characterize the scholarship and enlightenment to which we aspire. Instructional technologies, research, and policy formulation inform our teaching and learning while partnerships in the field offer extensive experiences and provide sources for evaluating our effectiveness.

Valuing the knowledge and multicultural experiences of students in the educational process, our faculty strives to be responsible to their needs and interests and challenges them to broaden their awareness and sensitivity to diverse backgrounds thereby becoming reflective, responsive, self-empowered advocates for their learners and communities. Leadership is at the heart of our efforts to encourage and create new initiatives through which our faculty and our students become mutually responsible agents of change. To ensure the actualization of our philosophy, we model its standards and values in our daily practices and relationships. This philosophy generates educational experiences that are formative and indelible.

Professional Education Candidate Learning Outcomes (CSR 8)

Candidates in professional education programs at The College of Saint Rose will:

  1. Acquire and apply the knowledge, skills and dispositions of disciplines relevant to candidates’ projected educational or clinical roles.
  2. Apply principles and theories of lifespan human development and learning in all of its diversity to education, service learning and clinical practice, and demonstrate a capacity and disposition to continuously update that knowledge and, therefore, practice according to the best emerging research in the field.
  3. Plan and implement practice that is rigorous, comprehensive, inclusive, creative and motivating, inviting students’ analytical skills and promoting their dispositions to be lifelong learners.
  4. Ensure that evaluation and decision-making are data-driven, multi-faceted, collaborative and recursive, and align instructional/clinical goals, practice, assessments, and standards.
  5. Develop and demonstrate personal and professional values that foster the highest ethical standards of the profession; intellectual curiosity and open-mindedness; understanding and responsiveness to multiple social and global perspectives; and collegiality and collaboration among partners in the educational or clinical process that involve children, families, community members, and other professionals.
  6. Promote optimal learning opportunities and environments for all individuals in the context of their experiential, cultural, and/or racial/ethnic backgrounds, including, but not limited to learners who are speakers of non-English languages, or who are gifted, have disabilities, are educationally challenged or who have different interests, ambitions or sexual orientations.
  7. Demonstrate in their practice that oral and written language is a functional, as well as social and artistic tool, for communication and thought, and as such reflect the multiple literacies of local, national and global cultures.
  8. Integrate a variety of technological methods and programs to enhance pupil learning and practitioner effectiveness, facilitate candidates’ acquisition of technological skills, and their dispositions to use them.