About the Department

Mission Statement

Our mission is to prepare professionals who possess the knowledge, skills and dispositions to transform early childhood, elementary, secondary, and life-long literacy education in the service of social justice, inclusivity and democratic values. As a department, we strive collectively with our students to ensure that their teaching is grounded in the following ideals:
  • Respect for the value and high expectations for the learning of every person is a fundamental principle of teaching and learning.
  • All students must be engaged in meaningful and intellectually rigorous learning.
  • Collaboration with families, schools and communities is imperative.
  • Teaching and learning are social processes with political implications.
  • Educators are cultural and political workers who acknowledge their role in a democracy through the promotion of inclusivity and social justice.
  • Critical education is a transformative process that works to change “what is” while simultaneously preparing people to participate in “what is yet to be.”
  • Educators have a responsibility to recognize and disrupt privilege and oppression related to race, gender, LGBTQ identities, disability, immigration and linguistic differences, religious diversity and class.
  • Making positive social change requires taking initiative through collaborative and collegial engagement with other members of the school and local community.