Mission and Goals

The School of Education offers credential and graduate programs designed to meet the needs of aspiring and practicing educators, counselors, and leaders. Marked by its urban setting, the School reaches out and contributes to the several communities we serve.

By valuing the individual, the School provides a caring, interactive, and academically challenging climate through:

  • Instilling a passion for knowledge, wisdom, and justice
  • Fostering a desire to celebrate a modern, multicultural world
  • Building a commitment to creativity and compassion
  • Heightening ethical standards
  • Developing the intellect
  • Enhancing professional skills

To these ends, we foster a community marked by the commitment of the Jesuit, Catholic urban university to issues of justice and intellectual rigor. We maintain a community that supports faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends in accomplishing their lifelong learning goals.

In an effort to outline more specific knowledge, behaviors, and sentiments with which any student should leave a School of Education program, and to provide a more tangible statement of student growth implied in the Mission statement, the School of Education identifies the following seven goals for all program graduates. Each program elaborates these goals into learning outcomes specific to their program objectives and content, and the curricular depth of each goal varies depending on whether the program culminates in a credential, a master's degree, or a doctoral degree:

Apply research and inquiry skills

  • Conducts thorough, high quality information searches
  • Understands prominent research methodologies
  • Reads and uses empirical research
  • Applies research to professional practice

Show sensitivity to persons of different cultures and backgrounds

  • Communicates to persons of different cultures and backgrounds
  • Understands cultural and ethnic differences that can affect teaching, learning and human interaction
  • Shows awareness of the necessity for just, inclusive, and ethnically sensitive language

Follow ethical standards in academic and professional work

  • Understands and applies ethical standards in research
  • Shows sensitivity to the ethical and moral considerations underlying professional decisions
  • Can focus school communities and agencies on local, national, and global needs of different culture and ethnic groups
  • Understands the need to act with integrity

Master important historical information as well as current issues and theories in education and psychology

  • Knows current educational and psychological theories
  • Links theory to practice
  • Speaks and writes effectively and persuasively about current issues in education and psychology and can apply theory and research to these issues

Make appropriate use of educational technology

  • Applies technology when appropriate to support professional work
  • Knows current software in their professional field
  • Uses technology to access library and Internet resources

Gain personal awareness and engage in a process of continuous self development

  • Collaborates with others
  • Articulates a (educational) mission and philosophy
  • Joins and/or attends professional associations and meetings
  • Shows social and personal responsibility
  • Develops awareness of personal beliefs and values

Understand the place of service in education and attempt to provide such service in appropriate educational forums

  • Exhibits generosity in service to others
  • Engages others in educational service
  • Shows sensitivity to the underserved