Danielson's Framework for Teaching identified aspects of a teacher's responsibilities that are proven through empirical studies as promoting improvement in P-12 student learning. The framework divides the complex activity of teaching into 22 components across four domains of teaching responsibility:

  1. Planning and Preparation
  2. Classroom Environment
  3. Instruction
  4. Professional Responsibilities

The College of Education and Social Work’s Educator Preparation Programs have adopted the framework to provide support and feedback to candidates in preparation for the demands of teaching. This framework provides evidence of our candidates’ preparation to enter the teaching profession.



Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) are a semester- or year-long intensive learning plan that includes a variety of informal and formal assessments to support target learning objectives. Candidates will implement a modified version of the SLO process during their student teaching experience with the goal of understanding the process and the importance of having a systematic approach to SLOs.

Please utilize the Student Learning Objective User Guide to learn more about the SLO process or download a specific appendix below.



The unit/lesson plan can be completed in conjunction with or independent of the SLO. In both cases, the majority of the format is the same; however, the non-SLO lesson plan contains additional components. Programs and faculty may require inclusion of additional components specific to their discipline in either template. The Danielson Framework is used to evaluate the unit/lesson plan and any additional relevant activities.

Please utilize the Unit/Lesson Plan Template User Guide to learn more about the unit/lesson plan components or download a specific appendix below.

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