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Document Number: SOEDU--100d Revision #: 1.0
Document Owner: Executive VP Date Last Updated: 07/11/2013
Primary Author: Dean of the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts Status: Approved
Date Originally Created: 03/06/2012



Through appropriate modeling of professional methods, advisement, clinical experiences, assessment and action research, Cumberland University's School of Education & Public Service will collaborate to create a viable learning community of distinction. Our mission is to prepare candidates to become "competent, caring, qualified" professionals and reflective practitioners. The program will provide candidates opportunities to learn the interrelated themes of the common body of knowledge that encompasses the essential skills, dispositions and knowledge required by professionals in their fields of practice.



Through a shared vision, the faculty of the Cumberland University School of Education & Public Service strives to protect our status of being recognized by regional practitioners as a program that produces competent, caring, qualified professionals and reflective practitioners. School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts faculty will continue to be aware of and prepare our candidates for the constantly evolving policy, socio-cultural and technological contexts of the constituents they will serve.



The purpose of the programs in the School of Education & Public Service is to produce graduates who have mastered the knowledge, gained or enhanced the dispositions and demonstrated performance of the skills required of professionals of distinction. Graduates should leave the program with the skills to continue to critically reflect on their own practice in such a way that they can effectively strive for continual self-improvement.


Teacher Education Programs' Goals

The faculty of SoE&PS strives to protect our status of being recognized by regional educators as a program that produces educators who are “competent, caring, qualified professional educators and reflective practitioners” in a changing world. Through content, curriculum, and modeling, the goal of the faculty of the SoE&PS is to produce candidates who can demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions established by national and state standards teachers and administrators.


Our goals for teachers are that graduates of our Teacher Licensure programs will:

1. 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 subject matter meaningful for students.

2. Understand how children and youth learn and develop, and can provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social and personal development.

3. Understand how students differ in their approaches to learning, and create instructional opportunities that are adapted to learners from diverse cultural backgrounds and with exceptionalities.

4. Understand and use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students’ development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.

5. Use an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.

6. Use knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.

7. Plan and manage instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals.

8. Understand and use formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social and physical development of their students.

9. Are reflective practitioners who continually evaluate the effects of their choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community) and actively seek out opportunities to grow professionally.

10. Communicate and interact with parents/guardians, families, school colleagues, and the community to support students’ learning and well-being.


Graduate Educational Leadership Program Goals

Our goals for Administrators are that our graduates of the Master of Arts in Educational Leadership program will be able to:

1. Implement a systematic, coherent approach to bring about the continuous growth in the academic achievement of all students.

2. Create a school culture and climate based on high expectations conducive to the success of all students.

3. Facilitate the use of instructional practices that are based on assessment data and continually improve student learning.

4. Improve student learning and achievement by developing and sustaining high quality professional development.

5. Facilitate learning and teaching through the effective use of resources.

6. Facilitate continuous improvement in student achievement through processes that meet the highest ethical standards and promote advocacy including political action when appropriate.

7. Respond to and influences the larger personal, political, social, economic, legal and cultural context in the classroom, school, and the local community while addressing diverse student needs to ensure the success of all students.


Athletic Training Program Goals

The mission of the Cumberland University Athletic Training Education Program is to prepare students for the profession of athletic training.  It is designed to give students knowledge and experience necessary to continue their athletic training career in whatever avenue they decide to pursue.  This includes giving students the knowledge and skills necessary to become a certified athletic trainer, continue on to a graduate program and/or prepare them for a job as a certified athletic trainer upon completion of the program.

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