The Education Department’s working Philosophy has been influenced by the mission and core values of the university. The university’s mission statement is simple, but powerful:
"Educating minds. Touching hearts. Remembering the presence of God.”
The department believes that this mission statement is best represented by the core values of the university.
- Faith: Our belief in God permeates every facet of the University's life.
- Service: We reach out to serve one another and those beyond our campus.
- Community: We work to build better communities and a better society.
Building on the core values and the mission statement are the Department of Education’s candidate values and proficiencies as identified in the conceptual framework. This conceptual framework includes four themes – Servant-Leader, Effective and Reflective Practitioner, Champion of Individual Learner Potential, and Builder of Vibrant Learning Communities.
Candidate values are:
- Professionalism and Leadership – we expect candidates to demonstrate professionalism through appropriate attitude, ethics, professional development and service, human relations, and daily performance and responsibilities in the education workplace.
- Service and Diversity – in line with concepts of diversity and the work and mission of Saint John Baptist De La Salle, we believe that a Lasallian education centers on values and personal relationships, emphasizing academic excellence, spiritual formation, inclusion, individual service, and social justice. A Lasallian educator strives to enrich each student’s cultural, intellectual, physical, social, and spiritual development.
- Communication and Technology – both communication and technology skills are core areas needed by educators to convey information to others. This includes the ability to use verbal, nonverbal, and written forms of communication. We believe that helping to develop effective communication skills “is vital to the successful efforts of any team.” The ability to select and implement appropriate communication media, including various forms of technology, is also important to this component.
- Curriculum and Content Knowledge – we expect candidates to plan effective instruction for students based on knowledge of subject matter, students, community, and curriculum goals. Candidates are able to implement effective instruction using a variety of instructional strategies that promote the development of critical thinking and problem solving.
- Classroom Management – we expect that candidates will be able to organize and manage instructional settings using proactive skills that involve interventions and strategies. These proactive skills should include positive expectations, self-evaluation, and growth for all learners.
Assessment – we expect that candidates will use various assessment tools both formal and informal. Candidates are able to display appropriate assessment practices that incorporate both formative and summative evidence of student learning. Further, candidates are able to analyze assessments that allow for all learners to be successful.