Mission and Vision

Mission (Who We Are)

The School of Education is committed to advancing access to life’s opportunities by providing transformative learning, leading innovation and discovery, engaging communities, and promoting equity and diversity.

Core Values (What Guides and Inspires Us)

Our core purpose is to change lives through advancing access to life’s opportunities. Everything we do is in support of this core purpose. Four Areas of Distinction guide our progress towards fulfilling our core purpose. We believe they represent critical principles for the future success of our graduates, and we are proud of our regional and national recognition as leaders across these areas. 

Areas of Distinction:

1. Provide Transformative Learning

We provide a transformative educational experience rich in real-world learning opportunities. Our students gain valuable practical experience with local organizations and school districts through internships, field placements, practicums, and related community engaged scholarship.

2. Lead Innovation and Discovery

We lead innovation and research and bridge discovery with teaching and practice to address our most pressing social needs. Our students not only learn from faculty who are at the forefront of advances in research, but also have the opportunity to be directly involved in research and community-engaged activities that are at the cutting edge of teaching and practice.

3. Promote Equity and Diversity

We promote a just society through valuing diversity and fostering educational and social equity. Our students are engaged in activities tied to every step of this process as we strive to leverage the collective expertise of our faculty and staff to generate a measurable impact on our region.

4. Engage Community

We actively sustain an engaged and collaborative community of students, staff, faculty, alumni, and partners to act as agents of real-world change. Our students benefit from being a part of this community through enhanced opportunities for learning and building important professional networks aligned with their career interests.

For a printable version of the Areas of Distinction, please click here.

Strategic Plan

The strategic plan for the School of Education is currently running on a plan cycle of 2017-2022. A full version of this plan can be viewed here.