Program mission statement

When an education professional leaves the Saint Martin’s education programs, they will take with them a core set of human, spiritual, and democratic values. They are ready to promote hospitality, scholarship, and education within the community of the school. The pluralistic and ever changing worlds of diverse students and knowledge will always be welcomed by our graduates. Such is our mission.

As a community of educators, we see the values of hard work, flexibility, compassion, and camaraderie reflected in our commitment to bridging and connecting the classrooms at Saint Martin’s with the schools of the community. We see it in ourselves as we mutually support each other with personal encouragement and academic integrity. We value our heritage and our mission continues.

Program goals, objectives and outcomes

The goal of Saint Martin’s University College of Education is to select and prepare teacher / counselor / administrator candidates to become outstanding P-12 professionals. To the general University emphasis on basic strength in academic areas of study for all graduates, the college adds strong professional teacher / counselor / administrator training programs which complies with specific state requirements. The programs are also shaped by practitioners who serve on its Professional Education Advisory Boards (PEABs). True to its Catholic Benedictine heritage, the College of Education shares the University’s strong emphasis on moral and ethical values. A teacher/counselor/administrator educated at Saint Martin’s will enter his/her first school prepared not only with knowledge, but also with strong values, an educational philosophy centered on meeting the needs of the individual child, and a base of experience upon which to build.

The college’s following three goals, therefore, lead us to the core of our conceptual framework:

Curriculum (Knowledge): The College of Education programs are dedicated to developing competent teachers, counselors, and administrators who have strong knowledge in subject matter. Individuals completing our programs will utilize technology as it relates to teaching/counseling/administration; participate in free and open inquiry; and problem-solve and construct new learning opportunities for themselves, P-12 students and staff.

Pedagogy (Skills): Individuals will develop and utilize pedagogical / counseling / administration strategies and skills necessary to their program. The College of Education programs will provide a community for P-12 / SMU collaboration, thus enriching pre-service through the professional performance continuum. Individuals completing our programs will have participated in a variety of leadership opportunities and multiple P-12 field experiences, including placements with school districts with diverse student populations.

Character (Dispositions): The College of Education programs are dedicated to developing a caring community of teacher/counselor/administrator-colleagues with strong ethical character, professional leadership, collaborative skill, openness to innovation, and personal integrity. Individuals completing our programs will reflect democratic traditions – including acceptance of the individual and sensitivity for cultural diversity.