Vision, Mission, & Goals | Department of Education
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We envision a world in which education positively contributes to each person's ability to reach her or his potential in acting for society's good.
Our mission is to prepare learner-sensitive educators with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to contribute to a better society.
The goals of the Educational Doctorate program are to help students:
- Acquire greater content knowledge in teaching and learning;
- Develop abilities for research in the field of teaching and learning;
- Evolve a broadened professional background in areas related to teaching and learning, such as systems and system interactions, and methods for program improvement; and
Increase levels of intercultural competence.
The goals of the Master of Education (M.Ed.) Cohort Program:
1. Scholarly Formation
- Knowledge of disciplinary core (written exams, capstone)
- In-depth knowledge of specific area of inquiry (thesis, dissertation, coursework)
- Competency in research and scholarly methods (quantitative, qualitative, mixed, emergent, action research coursework)
- Demonstrated ability to conduct research or pursue scholarship in the field of study (completed capstone)
- Adoption of a scholarly and professional identity (presentations at national, regional conferences, electronic scholarly media)
- Skill in written and oral communication (presentations, publications)
- Ability to communicate to audiences of experts within the field of study as well as broader audiences of non-experts (multiple venues of presentations)
- Instructional competency (teaching reviews)
3. Leadership and Collaborative Skills
- Individual initiative (advisor reviews)
- Leadership experience (project completion, external involvement in field)
- Ability to work collaboratively (advisor reviews, feedback from internships)
4. Professional Responsibility
- Commitment to conducting research and scholarship in ethical and responsible manner (capstone, statement of philosophy)
- Awareness of societal implications of research and scholarship (coursework, publication)
- Professional integrity (capstone, advisor review, internship reviews)
5. Personal and Professional Management Skills
- Ability to manage projects and other aspects of research and scholarly work
- Ability to work in self-directed and autonomous way (advisor review, internship review)
6. Global Context
- Ability to pursue research and scholarship in a global context appropriate to the field of study (project)
- Ability to work collaboratively with others in a global context (project)
The goals of the Education Administration Licensure Program are to help students:
- Acquire greater content knowledge in administration at site and district levels.
- Develop abilities for research in the field of educational administration.
- Evolve a broadened professional background in areas related to systems, safety, assessment, and human interactions that results in greater administrative acumen.
- Increase levels of cultural competence.