Conceptual Framework

Standards-Based Education and the College of Education Conceptual Framework

The College of Education Conceptual Framework promotes the development of knowledgeable, effective, and caring educators in all our programs. These three standards are a part of all learning experiences in the Master in Early Childhood Education Program.


The College of Education values inquiry and collaboration in the learning process. We ask critical questions and encourage others to do the same. We draw from and contribute to the knowledge bases of our disciplines, the needs of unique learners, research and development, curriculum, pedagogy, human development, assessment, and evaluation. COE educators must be prepared to respect and engage with the divergent perspectives, wide-ranging backgrounds, and distinct ways of knowing that characterize our learning communities.


The College of Education values active participation in our programs, community, university, and professional partnerships to enhance reflective practice. Building on a strong grounding in educational research and theory, we share our understandings, compare our experiences, and hone our skills to promote learning. Our aim is to provide and to assist our candidates in learning to provide, quality and inclusive learning communities; deeply engaging and challenging learning opportunities; and the guidance and support that all learners need to develop intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically. COE educators must be prepared to work effectively and responsively with a diversity of students, families, colleagues, and community members from Hawai‘i and around the world. That preparation includes the development of expertise with the full range of technological tools available to educators for teaching and learning.


College of Education educators care deeply about education and the lives they touch through their profession. The college seeks to help its members act in the best interests of their learning communities, advancing social justice and overcoming both discrimination and oppression, and working toward a sustainable world. The college requires a high level of professionalism demonstrated through ethical behavior, competence, reflection, fairness, respect for diversity, and a commitment to inclusion and social responsibility. We build relationships to nurture safe and positive learning communities in the belief that all individuals can learn.