Vision, Mission & Purpose
The purpose of the School of Education programs is to develop the knowledge, skills, and professional dispositions and commitments of candidates to become exceptional instructional leaders in grades K-6. In addition, the School of Education mission places primary emphasis on providing quality undergraduate and graduate opportunities for the intellectual, social, emotional, and professional development of diverse candidates.
Designed in accordance with unit, state, and professional standards, the School of Education curricula capitalize on inquiry to advance candidates’ professional growth and career opportunities and to cultivate their ability to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to apply knowledge wisely. Through contemporary modes of delivery, the innovative and research-based content of academic programs exposes candidates to diverse perspectives and skills essential to independent and continuous learning. The professional and career-focused academic programs of the School of Education meet and support local, regional, and national employment needs.
Commensurate with quality academic programs, the School of Education promotes the use of scholarship in education and in practice by supporting and recognizing the scholarly activities of faculty and community partners. Through partnerships with local education associations, the School of Education faculty participates in collaborative inquiry to help ensure that all students learn. The School of Education faculty publishes and presents research results at professional meetings and participates in or provides professional development activities, as consistent with the role of each faculty member.
Recognizing its responsibility to society, the School of Education is committed to working collaboratively with local education associations and with members of the South College teaching community to effect changes in candidate and student achievement. As such,
the School of Education encourages its administration, faculty, and staff to invest their expertise in community, professional, and institutional service.
The definition and achievement of this mission guides the School of Education in strategic planning and decision-making for all programs. The School of Education utilizes the following professional ethics to assess the quality of academic programs and the individual performance of its faculty in achieving this mission:
- The belief that all students can learn;
- The belief that work is both independent and collaborative;
- A commitment to inquiry;
- A commitment to social justice;
- A commitment to integrate technology;
- A commitment to communication; and
- A commitment to think systemically.