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College of Education Mission Statement and Information

College of Education Mission Statement

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Our Mission

The mission of Clarion University College of Education and Human Services is to prepare effective, dedicated, and high-quality professionals, decisions makers, and life-long learners who have mastered a recognized body of knowledge, internalized standards of excellence and demonstrated the required candidate performances.

At the center of the mission are candidates, P-12 students, and education and human services professionals, who are active participants in the process of building knowledge, skills and dispositions.

Based on a strong commitment to learning and teaching, the Conceptual Framework of the College of Education and Human Services defines the preparation of effective, dedicated, and high-quality professional as candidates: constructing knowledge, skills, and dispositions. The framework reflects state and national education standards and describes principles of learning and teaching for administrators, teaching and human services professionals, candidates, learners, school districts and agency partners, families, policy makers, and others who make decisions about excellence in education. The framework offers a foundation for articulating and discussing current learning theories and research on effective educational practices and for assessing professional candidate performance.

The college of Education and Human Services is committed to selecting and graduating outstanding candidates who are empowered with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to assume responibility for the exercise of professional judgment and continued professional growth to meet the needs of a diverse population in a rapidly changing society. The programs and environments offered by the college are dedicated to faciliating the development of professional candidates who apply knowledge, skills, and dispositions to:

  • emphasize the importance of individual variations of unique physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and technological abilities skills;

  • embrace cultural diversity;

  • respond to societal needs and influences affecting learners and their families;

  • promote learning and teaching strategies that facilitate the development of meaningful knowledge, skills, and dispositions;

  • provide authentic learning experiences with appropriate technology applications;

  • support learning interactions fostering collaboration and cooperation among learners, families, and other members of learning communities;

  • maintain high standards of professionalism;

  • make effective educational decisions; 

  • and continue to learn and grow personally and professionally.

Education and Human Services

The College of Education and Human Services offers programs to prepare professional educators and other human services personnel. Nine specialized curricula are offered in professional education: early childhood education, mid-level education, environmental education, library science, modern languages, music education, secondary education, special education, and speech pathology and audiology. Each teacher certification meets the requirements of the state, as well as the accreditation standards of various professional groups.

In the Human Services field, programs are offered in rehabilitative services at the associate's degree level, rehabilitative sciences and speech pathology and audiology at the bachelor's degree level, and a five year program leading to the master of science degree. Certifications also is available in speech pathology and audiology.

Programs in these human service areas provide students with the professional preparation to work with children, adolescents, and adults in the school and community settings. Students in these programs are prepared to assist individuals who may experience a range of physical or mental disabilities. They develop their skills in classroom, clinical, and field settings at the university, cooperating agencies, and institutions. Completion of their degree program should help students qualify for employment in a variety of roles based on the training they receive in the various human services programs within the college. Their responsibility will be to help people acquire those competencies necessary for independent living.