Overview, Mission, and Vision

Department of Graduate Programs in Education

The School of Education (SOE) graduate programs support the general mission of the College by stressing intellectual and moral preparation for responsible living and meaningful work. Students who complete one of our programs have a firm foundation in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to promote student learning. We strive to continually enhance our programs by focusing on student learning; well-grounded in research and best practices, including assessment; collaborative with the K-12 educational community; and committed to integrating diverse perspectives and educational technology. Not merely theoretical, each program, in its own way, emphasizes the application of broader concepts in specific educational settings. The programs in the School of Education are nationally accredited through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Mission: To prepare and support teachers who are firmly grounded in the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to promote student learning.

Vision: To be nationally recognized for developing skilled and caring professionals prepared to educate students in a diverse and changing world.

Graduate education programs include: (1) Master of Education, (2) Certificate in Educational Technology, (3) Certificate in Online Instruction, (4) Certificate in Literacy Instruction, (5) Certificate in Computer Science Education, (6) Certificate in Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, and (7) Graduate Teaching Licensure (GTL), an accelerated program offering professional preparation of teachers for elementary, middle level, and secondary licensure. GTL students may earn a Master of Science degree by completing two required research courses. The M.S. requires a total of 34 graduate credits, which includes completed GTL courses. These programs are offered in an online format with varying degrees of onsite coursework for the GTL program. The School of Education also offers graduate courses for the continued professional development for today's educators. These courses may also be taken as electives for graduate education programs.