Conceptual FrameworkThe education of teachers at St. Louis Community College encompasses a combination of educational theory and practice with a special emphasis on acquiring practical field experience within a framework of pedagogical, developmental and ethical principles. Our programs provide pre-service teachers with a broad basic knowledge in Education that will contribute to their future professional success. The programs conform to the guidelines put forth by the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) and articulated in the Missouri Standards for Teacher Education Programs (MoSTEP). A particular strength of the teacher education program at St. Louis Community College is its commitment to educate pre-service teachers about the multicultural classroom in modern U.S. society; the special needs of individual students and how to address these needs; the growing importance of technology as a tool for innovative teaching and effective communication; and aspects of global perspectives as they are relevant for educators.
The conceptual framework of the Teacher Education Program at St. Louis Community College emphasizes critical pedagogy and constructivism, building upon the works of Paulo Freire, John Dewey, and Lev Vygotsky, among others. The curriculum is designed so that pre-service teachers are engaged in learning experiences based on various theoretical and philosophical concepts of critical pedagogy and constructivism throughout their tenure at St. Louis Community College. Critical pedagogy encourages pre-service teachers to critically analyze and to reflect upon their various stages of professional development and upon the various cultural-political environments in which teaching and learning occur. Constructivism, as a part of critical pedagogy and derived from cognitive psychology, encourages students to construct new knowledge by combining newly learned material with their own experiences. The overarching goal of applying critical pedagogy and constructivism as a framework is to stimulate life-long learning within a commitment to continuous professional growth and to develop a continually expanding awareness of professional and societal issues.
The Teacher Education Program at St. Louis Community College employs summative and formative evaluation techniques (including CATs) to assess the quality of the program and to monitor the progress of students. Assessment techniques constitute an integral part of both the students’ course work and fieldwork.