Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Learning and Teaching is to prepare its students to address the needs of the multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, and multi-racial birth through adult student population and to advance scholarship that helps to promote this process.

Our goal is to create an academically rich environment, to engage our students in contemporary and innovative research-based practices and to develop teacher leaders who embrace a global perspective guided by our mission of addressing the needs of all learners in a culture of care.

Members of our department learning-community are committed to:

Access & Equity

We emphasize that all students deserve access to high quality educational opportunities and experiences and the supports necessary to participate and achieve in society.

Urban Education

We provide our teacher candidates with the tools to address the realities of teaching in urban schools that typically consist of highly diverse student populations, students living in poverty, first generation immigrants, English learners, students with special needs, and students at risk.

Culture of Caring

We fully embrace an ethic of care and prepare our students to cultivate such a culture with their future students within all of the communities in which they will engage.

Research-guided practice

Our students are empowered by engaging with the most contemporary research-based practices including action research, inquiry-based learning, lesson study, project-based learning, and other empirically based instructional methodologies that they will be able to utilize throughout their professional teaching careers.


Our coursework and program requirements are designed to help cultivate a global perspective relative to education. Through rich and varied opportunities, master’s degree candidates explore educational issues, trends and practices around the world and engage in an international learning experience.