About the School of Education
The mission of the Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education is to prepare caring, effective educators in the Catholic liberal arts tradition of Bellarmine University to teach and lead in diverse settings. The school offers degrees and programs to help prepare and enrich educators at all stages of their career:
The Bellarmine University School of Education is a 2020 recipient of the Frank Murray Leadership Recognition for Continuous Improvement from the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). This recognition signifies accreditation with no stipulations or areas of improvement, demonstrating "commitment to equity and excellence in educator preparation through the effective use of self-study procedures and evidence-based reporting." Fewer than 10% of educator preparation providers met these standards in 2020.
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Educator as Reflective Learner
The theme of the AFTSE, Educator as Reflective Learner, is consistent with the mission of the institution and with the philosophy of the education faculty and community partners, as well as with the various programs for candidates. The theme, based on Linda Valli’s (1997) five types of reflection (technical, reflection in-and-on action, personalistic, deliberative, and critical) captures the essence of the conceptual framework in that effective educators are called to reflect consistently and systematically on their own practice—as well as mentor and collaborate with their colleagues in reflective practice—in order to advance successful professional learning communities within schools and the broader community.