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College of Education

The College of Education at The University of St. Francis has been educating teachers since 1925 and remains committed to providing engaging and high-quality programs designed to meet the challenges that face today’s educators.

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College of Education

The College of Education at The University of St. Francis has been educating teachers since 1925 and remains committed to providing engaging and high-quality programs designed to meet the challenges that face today’s educators.

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The University of St. Francis is proud to offer the dual credit course, Exploring the Teaching Profession, an opportunity to authentically engage high school students with the teaching profession while earning elective college credit. The course supports our continued efforts to “grow our own” teachers and prepare the next generation of educators who will serve children in our communities. 

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CLICK HERE to learn more about our initiatives and access resources to promote careers in education to elementary, middle grades, and high school students.

The College of Education’s philosophy is expressed in the three core tenets and corresponding goals that guide our mission and are integrated into every aspect of our programs. These tenets (Understanding Students, Serving the Community, and Finding Our Professional Selves) represent a shared vision for the implementation of our unit and institutional missions and reflect the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that are fundamental for a USF graduate to acquire from our programs. The framework is the product of a common understanding among a cross-section of stakeholders, including faculty and administrators in professional education programs, representatives from the campus community at large, the P-12 public and private school community, and candidates. The tenets are derived from our institutional values, state and national standards, and educational research and have been developed in conjunction with the professional community.

Understanding Students
At the core of all learning experiences is the student, and all educational experiences must begin with the individual student in mind. Thus, the College of Education promotes a student-centered approach to teaching and learning that affirms and values the diversity and individual differences that each child or adolescent brings to a learning experience. To that end, our programs seek to develop teachers and administrators who educate the whole person and design developmentally appropriate learning environments that allow all students to maximize their potential. Because of the central role that technological resources play in accessing and utilizing information in modern society, technology is seen as an essential element in providing appropriate and comprehensive learning experiences.

The College of Education and our candidates demonstrate “Understanding Students” by:

  • Providing learning opportunities that support the intellectual, social, and personal development of all students.
  • Creating instructional opportunities and environments that are adapted to diverse learners and integrate appropriate technology.
  • Designing learning experiences based upon knowledge of the discipline, students, the community, curriculum goals, and research-based best practices.
  • Creating learning environments that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  • Implementing various assessment strategies to support the continuous development of all students.

Serving the Community
Our patron saint, Francis, stressed the theme of love and brotherhood, and reached beyond his social status to help individuals in need. Just as St. Francis turned his back on wealth and luxury to embrace poverty and dedicated himself to helping the poor and the weak, the College of Education embraces the community and its needs. Our programs extend to the community at large through collaborations with schools, religious institutions, social service agencies, businesses, and government. Candidates are expected to view their vocation as an educator as a calling in which the needs of students and the community take on primary importance. Service is not limited to schools but may extend to families, communities, and professional cultures. The College of Education believes that service, especially to the traditionally undeserved, should be of central concern for educators, and it values those practices that promote systemic change and social justice for the betterment of the community.

The College of Education and our candidates demonstrate “Serving the Community” by:

  • Dedicating ourselves to serving the poor and the undeserved by being an advocate for children and adolescents especially the marginalized and the helpless.
  • Following St. Francis and becoming an instrument of peace and working for social justice and the betterment of the community.
  • Establishing a positive climate for learning and holding high expectations and building up others through encouragement and affirmation.
  • Serving other’s needs before our own and modeling respectful and compassionate behavior.

Finding Our Professional Selves
The College of Education expects its members and professional candidates to adhere to the highest professional standards. Educators have professional responsibilities to the community, to students, to colleagues, and to the profession. One manifestation of these responsibilities is expressed through professional dispositions. The principles outlined in the College of Education’s Code of Professional Conduct are intended to provide candidates with an explicit description of desirable professional dispositions, characteristics, and actions. The College of Education cultivates these professional attributes by immersing candidates in a professional culture that models collegiality, life-long learning, and reflective practice that leads to continual improvement.

The College of Education and our candidates demonstrate “Finding Our Professional Selves” by:

  • Demonstrating professional conduct and dispositions that are consistent with the Franciscan values of respect, integrity, compassion, and service.
  • Becoming a life-long learner and actively seeking opportunities to develop professionally.
  • Continually reflecting on and evaluating how choices and actions affect students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community.
  • Providing leadership and collegial support to improve student learning and well-being.

CLICK HERE for information on College of Education Quality Measures and Teacher Education Admission Requirements and Program Progression.

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