Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. School of Education
The School of Education defines six major goals:
- Developing and maintaining high-quality programming and curriculum
- Accountability for standards-based practice
- Employing the many diversities of thought, background, and experience that allow teachers and leaders to practice inclusive education in the local and global communities we serve
- Advancing the technology of teaching and learning; engaging internal and external partnerships
- Strengthening and evaluating our programs of study in teacher and leader education
- Providing effective leadership to support the currency, validity, and continuous improvement of our programs, practices, services, and resources as vitally important to accomplishing the mission of the College
The learning outcomes for the teacher preparation programs offered by the School of Education are aligned with the New York state standards for teacher preparation and the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards. The School of Education's learning outcomes are:
- Planning: Candidates understand the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) they teach and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of the subject matter meaningful for students.
- Development: Candidates understand how children learn and develop and can provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social, and personal development.
- Diversity: Candidates know, understand, and appreciate diversity and demonstrate this by creating learning experiences that honor diversity.
- Content: Candidates have command of the content area(s) they are to teach as defined by the state and national standards, and create learning opportunities that are meaningful to their students.
- Leadership: Candidates demonstrate leadership in a multitude of ways. Leaders initiate and implement new ideas to improve the quality of education in the classroom, district, and society.
- Theory and Practice: Candidates demonstrate an emerging philosophical and theoretical framework to become effective educators. This is demonstrated through an iterative process of reflection, decision making, and practice.
- Management: Candidates understand that effective classroom management is a blend of effective instruction, attention to effective elements, organization, and myriad other factors, as well as the ability to effectively balance these variables.
- Assessment: Candidates understand and use formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social, and physical development of the learner.
- Professionalism: Candidates demonstrate dispositions, behaviors, and social skills that reflect professionalism.
- Community: Candidates foster relationships with school colleagues, parents, and agencies in the larger community to support students’ learning and well-being.
- Technology: Candidates use technology to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.