As professional members of a life-long community, the department's mission is to prepare compassionate and reflective teachers and practitioners who value diversity and excellence, promote creative and critical thinking, and celebrate learning.
The goals of the department are to develop teachers/educators who:
- Are academically competent in subjects they are to teach.
- Have a broad background of general education and appreciate the value of both liberal arts and science in modern society.
- Have a working knowledge of the historical and philosophical foundations of education.
- Have a sincere belief in the dignity of the individual and have compassion and empathy.
- Have a working knowledge of effective classroom management and the skills of teaching.
- Realize that teaching is both an art and a science.
- Realize that America is a culturally diverse society, have a commitment to multiculturalism, pluralism.
- Provide students with action based, experience rich learning opportunities.
Family Life & Human Development
The goals of the FLHD program are to develop practitioners who:
- Are grounded in a strong foundation of early childhood development, developmentally appropriate practice, human development over the lifespan, marriage and family relationships and family services.
- Exhibit skills to work with young children and individuals and families across the family life cycle in a wide variety of settings.
- Demonstrate an interdisciplinary understanding of education and practice and how to best serve children and families.
- Promote and practice sensitivity to the diverse cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds of the children and families they serve.
- Define and maintain personal values and profressional ethics as they relate to serving children and families.
- Teacher Education
- Family Life & Human Development
- Graduate Studies
- Physical Education & Human Performance