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Our Vision:

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:

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:

  1. Acquire greater content knowledge in teaching and learning;
  2. Develop abilities for research in the field of teaching and learning;
  3. 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)
    2. Communication
        • 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
              • Persistence
              • Adaptability
              • 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:

              1. Acquire greater content knowledge in administration at site and district levels.
              2. Develop abilities for research in the field of educational administration.
              3. Evolve a broadened professional background in areas related to systems, safety, assessment, and human interactions that results in greater administrative acumen.
              4. Increase levels of cultural competence.