Mission

Faculty in the School of Education conduct research to improve educational policies and classroom practices, prepare researchers at the doctoral level, educate teachers at the undergraduate and Master’s levels, and engage in outreach with partner school districts and others throughout Colorado.

The School of Education has adopted the following priorities in its mission:

  • Promote the distinctive identity of the school by building on the contributions of the faculty
  • Emphasize our shared commitment to evidence-based policy and practice and to democracy, diversity, and social justice
  • Produce research that makes a difference by bringing rigorous research methods and analytic tools to bear in addressing the most pressing questions affecting educational policy and practice
  • Prepare teachers who display a passionate commitment to ensuring every student learns, who embrace and demonstrate ethical behaviors and democratic dispositions, and who excel in their knowledge of subject matter, how people learn, the socio-cultural world of learners, standards-based curriculum design, learner-centered pedagogies and assessments, and the democratic context of schools
  • Prepare graduate candidates who are well-trained in research methodology, expert in their area of specialization, and broadly knowledgeable about psychological, sociological, philosophical, and historical research affecting education
  • Encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups into teaching and research professions through recruitment and support
  • Enhance the effectiveness of our partnership and outreach activities by fostering closer connections among teaching, research, and outreach commitments