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School of Education Mission Statement and Information

School of Education Mission Statement

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Our Mission

The mission of Clarion University School of Education 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 School of Education 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 School of Education is committed to selecting and graduating outstanding candidates who are empowered with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to assume responsibility 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.