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TEP Mission & Vision

Mission & Vision

The Teacher Education Program prepares aspiring teachers to serve schools through social justice oriented, community engaged frameworks. While studying cutting-edge theory and research-informed curricula, teacher candidates at the School of Education are cultivated as critical thinkers and reflective, creative professionals who address the needs of all students in culturally responsive ways. In addition to developing pedagogical skill and rigorous content knowledge that align with Common Core State Standards, our teacher credential programs specifically train teachers to:

  • Approach teaching using collaborative and co-teaching models
  • Pedagogically engage students in culturally and community responsive ways that attend to diversity across factors including socio-economics, race, linguistics and ability
  • Cultivate students as critical thinkers who are engaged in their communities and society
  • Attend to the political, ethical and social-emotional dimensions of teaching
  • Practice restorative justice and models of authentic care
  • Integrate arts and technology across disciplines
  • Use theory to guide practice


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