Conceptual Framework

Apprenticeship Model: Synthesizing Concepts in Collaboration with Experts

Shippensburg University presents a Unit with certification programs including a diverse group of candidates studying in various fields of education. These candidates are both novice learners in their field of study as well as teachers seeking advanced certification in such fields as Reading, Educational Leadership, Counselor Education and Special Education. They require mentors who serve as content knowledge specialists as well as professional experts. These mentors are usually University faculty and experts from our clinical settings. The Apprenticeship Model represents various factors that scaffold our candidates within a gradual release of responsibility in PK-12 educational and clinical settings. There are eight factors that represent a spoke in Shippensburg University’s Conceptual Wheel. The spokes represent principles of our unit’s academic and experiential structure. The spokes include: National Standards, Content Knowledge, Diversity, Assessment, Instructional Planning, Theory and Research, Dispositions and Professional Standards and Pedagogy.

Shippensburg University’s conceptual wheel represents the mechanism that steers our candidates as they travel through our Unit’s academic and experiential learning outcomes. The Helmsman are the experts, including faculty and area professionals, who guide the Apprenticeship candidates as they learn to navigate and synthesize expectations associated with their field of study. Helmsman also serve as guides that chart the path for a candidate’s development of knowledge, skills and dispositions associated with each of the programs. The faculty gradually release the wheel to candidates as they take on the responsibility of professional practice in PK-12 educational and clinical settings.

Goals for the Conceptual Framework Apprenticeship Model

Our faculty and candidates are committed to implementing the following eight standards that have been collaboratively designed by members of the unit. These standards include: