Teaching and Learning
The Department of Teaching and Learning is committed to excelling in the initial and continuing preparation of educators for schools, government agencies, for-profit and non-profit organizations in the Commonwealth; to working with diverse groups; to modeling and encouraging critical reflection on practice; to collaborating and forming educational partnerships; to applying research and conducting scholarly endeavors that examine educational processes, issues and concerns and to providing assistance and service to local, state, regional, national and international communities.
- Humanist orientation – we believe in the value and agency of all people and the centrality of caring relationships between teachers and learners.
- Social justice – we believe that everyone has the right to access quality education and to be respected as a legitimate member of and contributor to educational communities.
- Professional autonomy – we believe that educators and scholars have the responsibility to exercise professional judgment and to advocate for socially-just, humanistic ends.
- Diversity is strength – we believe that our department is strong because its members bring different skills, expertise, professional foci (service, scholarship, and/or teaching), and perspectives to our collective endeavor. We believe that the strength and effectiveness of our department is the result of the differentiated talents of its members in regards to teaching, scholarship and service.