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Core Values & Professional Dispositions

School of Education Core Values

  • Professionalism is a unifying principle of our organization. Continuous improvement is essential to our roles as life-long learners. Collaboration is valued in all aspects of the School's work. Professionalism is demonstrated by our service to the school, the University, and the communities. Respect for the contributions of all members of the school is vital.
    Effective teaching is everyone's role and is central to our endeavors. Reflection and/or research to solve problems is an integral part of our professional responsibility.

  • Students are the focus of our work. We model effective teaching. Through our students, research, collaboration and service, we strengthen education in the communities we serve.

  • Shared Governance provides a foundation for the work of the school and is dependent upon the active involvement of each member. The school continuously expands its use of shared governance. Contributions of each member are valued.
    Effective communication is critical to the process and is every member's responsibility. 

  • The success of the school depends on creating and sustaining an inclusive environment that reflects and affirms diversity. A diverse faculty, staff, and student body are vital to serve the community. All members of the school are committed to serve a diverse population. The responsibility for affirming diversity rests with everyone.

Professional Dispositions

The School of Education fosters the development of the following professional dispositions among our students across all programs. We expect our students to increasingly reflect these dispositions in their workplace, community, and while they are a student in our programs. 

  • Social Justice and Equity: Our students appreciate the languages, communities, and experiences learners bring to the classroom. Candidates advocate for and support marginalized communities and individuals.
  • Collaboration: Our students learn and practice the skills of collaboration in their coursework and use them in their professional interactions with students, colleagues, parents, caregivers and those in the wider community.
  • Critical Thinking: Our students analyze various professional contexts, resulting in more informed decision-making about professional practice.
  • Professional Ethics: Our students learn to make and act on well-reasoned, principled judgments.
  • Reflective Teaching and Learning: Our students critically review their professional practice and the impact it has on others including children they work with.
  • Life-Long Learning: Our students are committed to actively seeking new knowledge, skills and experiences throughout their career.