The College of Education’s mission, contributing to the mission of USFSM, is to prepare effective educators who will learn, lead, inspire, and transform their schools and communities. We see the process of learn, lead, inspire and transform as recursive and not linear. We learn in order to lead, and by leading inspire transformation. We learn from transforming and thus create a cycle of continuous learning and improvement. Our mission guides the USFSM COE to prepare educators poised to positively impact the lives of pupils and their communities, locally, nationally, and globally. We meet our mission through programs grounded in researched practices and critical perspectives and professional clinical education designed and led by university and associated school faculty through partnerships with a network of local schools. Our partnerships form a solid basis for program assessment built on outcomes, revision of the curriculum based on impact data, and the identification of specific knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are crucial for educator success.
The vision of the College of Education is to lead in transforming the educational endeavors of our region and to be recognized nationally for excellence in our work. Our programs include faculty members, scholars who conduct research to contribute to the knowledge bases of the disciplines of education, working alongside associated school administrators and faculty who are experienced practitioners working in P-12 schools. We admit applicants who are highly qualified, desiring to develop in their abilities to ensure that all students learn, committed to continuous improvement of their own practice, and prepared to assume leadership roles in the educational settings in which they will work.