Conceptual Framework: Effective Facilitator of Learning
The professional education programs at Wingate University are guided by the conceptual framework of the Effective Facilitator of Learning. This conceptual framework is consistent with the mission of Wingate University and with the motto of “Faith, Knowledge, Service.” Teacher Education programs are conceived in the context of a well-rounded liberal arts education and integrated with the principles of a Christian institution.
The Liberal Arts foundation includes courses in composition and literature, fine arts, foreign language, social and behavioral science, biological and physical science, mathematics, and health and physical education. The ethics component is comprised of courses in religious and ethical studies as well as an emphasis on professional ethics in foundations, and methods courses and student teaching. Professional Knowledge is gained through courses in psychology, foundations of education, curriculum and instruction, and pedagogy. All professional education courses provide applied teaching opportunities through required field experiences and an intensive semester of student teaching. These teaching experiences enable students to make creative and informed decisions as they design, implement, and assess well-defined lesson plans while developing the flexibility to meet diverse classroom challenges. The service component joins knowledge with action through outreach opportunities such as those provided by the freshman course, Wingate 101, and by student professional, social, academic, and service organizations. Together these components provide the framework for the student to become an Effective Facilitator of Learning.