About the Department
The mission of the Department of Education is to provide responsible and innovative leadership in the development and dissemination of knowledge about education. The Department is known for the exceptional quality of its undergraduate teacher training programs; particularly for the diverse course offerings and close internship supervision that are hallmarks of these programs. The graduate programs in the Department of Education enjoy excellent national and international reputations that are the result of the pedagogical philosophies and research productivity of the faculty members. Faculty and students also enjoy the services of a professional and friendly support staff.
The faculty members are a diverse group of educators committed to excellence in teaching, research and community service. They are well known for their strong research profiles that inform their teaching and afford graduate students the opportunity to work on cutting edge research. A healthy level of external research funding enables faculty members to provide financial assistance to many qualified students.
The emphasis in the Department is not only on the communication of sound pedagogical principles and approaches, but also on the values of equality, diversity, and non-discrimination. Small class sizes are the signature of the Education Department, as faculty firmly believe in careful mentoring and a constructivist approach to learning. Thus, the retention rate of students in this Department is exceptionally high and their levels of success upon graduation as measured by employment in government service and industry are commendable. Although many students in the department are enrolled on a part-time basis, they tend to graduate in a timely manner.