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Mission, Vision and Philosophy

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Teacher Education Unit Mission Statement

The TEU mission is to provide diverse learning experiences and dynamic collaborations that develop reflective, deliberate 21st century educators who support and extend the learning of all students in a global society.

Teacher Education Unit Vision Statement

The TEU will be recognized for excellence in educational leadership and teacher education at the local, state and national levels by:

  • Expanding and sustaining partnerships with P-12 schools and families, as well as collaborative efforts with alumni, the community, and the university.
  • Demonstrating theory and research-based pedagogy and cutting edge technologies that advance 21st century skills including: Communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.
  • Promoting an expanded understanding of diversity that meets the unique needs of every learner.
  • Advancing safe, culturally responsive, prosocial learning environments that engage and challenge all learners.
  • Cultivating learning communities that engage students and partners in scholarship, inquiry and service, while encouraging collaboration and life-long learning.
  • Pursuing a diverse faculty and student body that reflect 21st century classrooms.

Teacher Education Unit Philosophy

The Teacher Education Unit is dedicated to developing reflective and deliberate decision makers at both the undergraduate and advanced levels. To accomplish this goal, the TEU offers a variety of courses and experiences in which students are challenged to become educators who link theory to practice, honor diversity, integrate technology, demonstrate appropriate dispositions, observe and teach in collaborative educational settings, and reflect on both their knowledge and their teaching in a global context. The Unit’s Philosophy, which is directly underpinned by the Vision and Mission, is detailed in TEU’s Commitments.

The Commitments provide the foundation of the educational program. They delineate the philosophy in action and are organized into four categories: Content, Learner and the Learning Environment, Teaching and the Learning Process, and Professionalism. The Beginning Educator Outcomes, the Knowledge Base and Learning Cycle, and the Assessment System provide vitality and cohesiveness to teaching and learning on a daily basis. The six broad-based Educational Initiatives offer evidence of faculty and student innovation, scholarship, and ongoing engagement as reflective decision-makers.