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Mission, Vision and Values


The Teacher Education program commits to:

  • Preparing highly qualified professionals.
  • Creating and sharing new knowledge in our profession.
  • Developing outreach opportunities with stakeholders in the field.

We assess excellence through:

  • Meeting or exceeding standards of accrediting agencies.
  • Fostering the development of highly sought and valued graduates.
  • Disseminating scholarly and creative activity.

We assure this by:

  • Sharing and modeling effective teaching practices, knowledge, skills and dispositions.
  • Developing transformational leaders and lifelong learners.
  • Advocating for all stakeholders.


Our shared vision for the Teacher Education program includes four overarching themes:


  • Deliver innovative and continuously improving undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Facilitate communication with candidates, community and faculty stakeholders to align our coursework to current and future needs in the field.
  • Develop social networks with our graduates to promote relationships, provide lifelong learning opportunities and invite their contributions to the department’s growth and development.


  • Advocate for all stakeholders to create and sustain the most promising practices.
  • Develop strong relationships amongst all stakeholders.
  • Develop partnerships in teaching, research and service.


  • Use emerging technologies purposefully to insure rich teaching and learning.
  • Develop and sustain authentic and relevant learning experiences for learners and faculty: inquiry based, guided discovery, student centered, etc.
  • Explore, create, investigate and disseminate scholarly activities.


  • Encourage and support the scholarly study of teaching and learning.
  • Advocate with a progressive and assertive voice on educational issues at state and regional levels.
  • Demonstrate, practice and sustain inclusive learning communities.
  • Model social justice by incorporating multicultural awareness and multicultural skills.
  • Empower all stakeholders to advocate for self and others in a respectful, open and direct way.

Values and Beliefs

We value ethical behaviors and practices that are:

  • Responsive: We respond to the strengths, needs and interests of the individual learners and the broad context in which learning occurs.
  • Collaborative: We utilize shared leadership with all stakeholders to develop learning experiences, engage candidates and monitor progress.
  • Innovative: Our decisions and practices are both creative and grounded in research.
  • Committed: We invest the time and energy needed to plan inclusive, responsive, content rich and engaging activities for all learners.

The following beliefs guide our practices:

  • Development in Context: Learning is responsive to the developmental characteristics of the learner in a social and cultural context.
  • Constructivism: Learning expands upon previous cognitive understanding through authentic experiences.
  • Inquiry: Learning capitalizes on the innate curiosity of learners as they find answers to their questions about the world.
  • Social Justice: Our department is uniquely suited to advocate for increased democracy and equity for all.