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; collaboration 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 education programs in the School of Education are nationally accredited.

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) Academic and Behavioral Strategist (ABS) license (3) Certificate in Educational Technology, (4) Certificate in Literacy Instruction, (5) Certificate in Computer Science Education, (6) Certificate in Culturally Responsive Practice, and (7) Graduate Teaching Licensure (GTL), an accelerated program offering professional preparation of teachers for elementary, and middle/secondary licensure. GTL and ABS licensure students may earn a Master of Science in Teaching degree by completing two required research courses. The M.S. requires a total of 34 graduate credits, which includes completed GTL or ABS 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 continued professional development for today's educators. These courses may also be taken as electives for graduate education programs.