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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.