The mission of the Education Department is to prepare teachers who communicate moral character to build learning communities. Effective teachers also have good self-knowledge. Further, effective teachers can differentiate between their own values and the normative conventions, or morals, of the community they are charged to educate. Graduates who understand moral character will effectively communicate conventions of curriculum content, professional pedagogy, and schooling. In this way, our majors demonstrate moral character in schools as their basis for practicing the social science of education.
The major in educational studies and both of the minors are appropriate for anyone not planning to teach in a school setting who would like to understand principles of pedagogy and the learning process. Understanding effective teaching and learning strategies is valuable background for careers of any type that require a high level of interaction with others.