Education 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 comradery 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.

The four core themes; faith, reason, service, and community, are integrated and embedded throughout courses in College of Education and Counseling. This is based on an assertion that the teaching profession in itself is about service to the community and society.

Conceptual Framework of the College of Education and Counseling at Saint Martin's University is to develop the Knowledge, Skills and Disposition essential in all teachers. The goal of Education course work is constructed to adhere to our mission, academic values, and conceptual framework.

Core values of SMU College of Education and Counseling programs

Our programs involve the recognition of change, the constructivist approach to knowledge and skills formulation, multi-age grouping practices, technological utilization, and significant themes of inquiry integrating both the practical and the theoretical aspects of knowledge. Our curriculum engages students in basic skills development through inquiry-oriented, critical, reflective, creative, and imaginative thinking, and ethical decision making.

The Education programs have the following objectives that embody the three domains of candidate preparation:

  1. Curriculum (Knowledge): The College of Education and Counseling 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.
  2. Pedagogy (Skills): Individuals will develop and utilize pedagogical/counseling administration strategies and skills necessary to their program. The College of Education and Counseling 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.
  3. Attitude (Disposition): The College of Education and Counseling programs are dedicated to developing a caring community of teacher/counselor/administrator-colleagues with strong ethical dispositions, 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.