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Our Vision and Mission


our vision:

We envision a world in which education positively contributes to each person's ability to reach her or his potential in acting for society's good.

 

our mission:

Our mission is to prepare learner-sensitive educators with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to contribute to a better society.

 

Mission, goals and objectives of the department and programs.

The mission of the Department of Education is to prepare learner sensitive educators with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to contribute to a better society. The Learner Sensitive Educator Conceptual Framework is the shared foundation for all education programs at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). The framework is built on a foundation of professional standards and emphasizes five themes: reflection, collaboration, empowerment, social justice, and technology.

In addition to preparing teachers for licensure in Birth to Grade 12 (P-12) settings, the department provides a wide range of in-service and graduate programs for educators in school and non-school settings. Department faculty are also engaged in a variety of research and development activities related to teaching and learning.

The Ed.D. with a major in Teaching and Learning is a degree for the professional development of P-12, community college and university faculty and administrators, and professionals in other human service professions. The mission of the program is to produce scholarly practitioners.

The goals of doctoral study in this program are to help students:

  1. Acquire greater content knowledge in teaching and learning;
  2. Develop abilities for research in the field of teaching and learning;
  3. Evolve a broadened professional background in areas related to teaching and learning, such as systems and system interactions, and methods for program improvement; and
    Increase levels of intercultural competence.

The goals of the Master of Education (M.Ed.) Cohort Program:

  1. Scholarly Formation
    • Knowledge of disciplinary core (written exams, capstone)
    • In-depth knowledge of specific area of inquiry (thesis, dissertation, coursework)
    • Competency in research and scholarly methods (quantitative, qualitative, mixed, emergent, action research coursework)
    • Demonstrated ability to conduct research or pursue scholarship in the field of study (completed capstone)
    • Adoption of a scholarly and professional identity (presentations at national, regional conferences, electronic scholarly media)
  2. Communication
    • Skill in written and oral communication (presentations, publications)
    • Ability to communicate to audiences of experts within the field of study as well as broader audiences of non-experts (multiple venues of presentations)
    • Instructional competency (teaching reviews)
  3. Leadership and Collaborative Skills
    • Individual initiative (advisor reviews)
    • Leadership experience (project completion, external involvement in field)
    • Ability to work collaboratively (advisor reviews, feedback from internships)
  4. Professional Responsibility
    • Commitment to conducting research and scholarship in ethical and responsible manner (capstone, statement of philosophy)
    • Awareness of societal implications of research and scholarship (coursework, publication)
    • Professional integrity (capstone, advisor review, internship reviews)
  5. Personal and Professional Management Skills
    • Ability to manage projects and other aspects of research and scholarly work
    • Persistence
    • Adaptability
    • Ability to work in self-directed and autonomous way (advisor review, internship review)
  6. Global Context
    • Ability to pursue research and scholarship in a global context appropriate to the field of study (project)
    • Ability to work collaboratively with others in a global context (project)

The Education Administration Licensure Program:

 The University of Minnesota Duluth’s Education Administration Licensure Program offers developing principals and superintendents the necessary tools to succeed as leaders in the field.  Our commitment to theoretical inquiry, applied research and practical training provides a rigorous learning environment for students to engage with critical questions in educational administration today. Our graduates are: forward thinking, innovative, engaged in community, culturally competent, technologically savvy, and strategically minded.

Importantly, our graduates articulate a clear vision of successful leadership and actively demonstrate a commitment to ensuring quality educational experiences for all teachers and students.

Overview:

The Educational Administration Program is an applied certificate program for the professional development of principals and superintendents.  The mission of the program is to produce scholarly practitioners.

The goals of this program are to help students:

  1. Acquire greater content knowledge in administration at site and district levels.
  2. Develop abilities for research in the field of educational administration.
  3. Evolve a broadened professional background in areas related to systems, safety, assessment, and human interactions that results in greater administrative acumen.
  4. Increase levels of cultural competence.