The Conceptual Framework undergirding professional education programs at The College at Brockport is derived from the mission of the unit, and is guided by and grounded in social constructivism. It has three primary themes: (1) a solid base of knowledge and skills (which includes these sub-themes: content knowledge in a discipline, pedagogical content knowledge, professional and pedagogical knowledge and skills, and reflective skills), (2) professional dispositions, and (3) impact on P-12 learners. To make these themes and sub-themes operational, the Conceptual Framework also includes program-specific competencies that are expected of candidates in teacher education programs, in the unit's counselor education programs, and in its educational administration programs. Both the themes and the program-specific competencies align well with New York State standards and with the appropriate standards of INTASC, NBPTS, and specialty professional associations (SPAs) in teacher education, counselor education, and educational administration.
The Conceptual Framework undergirding professional education programs at The College at Brockport also aligns well with NCATE's six expectations of a conceptual framework, and it drives the unit's assessment system for candidate, program, and unit evaluation.