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Since the University’s establishment in 1888, teacher education has played an integral role, helping to form our identity and further our institutional pursuits. The Department of Education’s motto, Reflective Constructors of Quality Learning Experiences through Critical Thinking, accurately portrays the Department’s philosophy that teachers, along with other education professionals, have a responsibility to ensure the welfare and enrichment of society. The quality and dispositions of our teachers are primary in the growth and preservation of civilization. Consequently, both the public and the teaching profession demand that those entering the profession be fully qualified to accept the responsibility of being a teacher or other school professional. They must be highly qualified, knowledgeable, and caring education professionals. Acknowledging that all children can learn, the Department is committed to providing training and experiences using research-based “Best Practices” to provide a platform for teacher education candidates to grow with us and lead our schools and communities into the future.
In the Education Unit, the most important professional outcomes for graduates are that the candidates possess a well-developed philosophy and understanding of education, as well as positive dispositions that enable all students to learn. Candidates’ philosophies reflect conceptual, strategic, evaluative, and communicative knowledge. Knowing foundational concepts, forming teaching strategies based on those concepts, evaluating the effectiveness of the strategy, and then communicating the results to all stakeholders form the foundation of Reflective Constructors of Quality Learning Experiences through Critical Thinking.