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Mission and Vision

MISSION

The mission of the College of Education at Bowie State University is to prepare
instructional leaders of all races who are competent in their content specialty,
grounded in the knowledge bases of their discipline, and sensitive to the ethnicity of the
students they serve for positions in public and private schools in Maryland and school
systems in other states. The College's teacher education program model rests upon a
legacy of the best practices in the field of education and upon what research tells us
about teaching and learning. Established in September 2000, the College of Education
has adopted the following theme for its academic programs: "Preparing Effective and 
Caring Educators for a Global Society." The College strives through its programs to
develop candidates who become academic scholars, skillful instructional leaders, and
reflective practitioners in the schools and communities in which they work. It focuses on
productivity and accountability of faculty, professional development, and specific
development within its three academic departments: the Department of Counseling;
the Department of Educational Studies and Leadership; and the Department of
Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development.

VISION STATEMENT

The College of Education has the primary responsibility for coordinating University efforts
designed to prepare individuals to assume positions of teaching, counseling and
educational leadership in P-12 school settings. This task is accomplished through the
development and delivery of the College's professional curriculum and competent
faculty. The undergraduate and graduate programs are structured to prepare
professionals to meet the teaching-learning challenges of contemporary society. Based
on a strong liberal arts foundation, the pedagogical curriculum prepares candidates to
meet world class standards with the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to be
effective and proficient professionals in a variety of education settings. Candidates
master the use of technology as an instructional tool, assess students through the use of
multiple approaches, and create positive learning environments for diverse
populations.

GOALS

The overarching goals of the Bowie State University College of Education are to:

  • Provide a general education experience that includes theoretical and practical

    knowledge gained from studies in communications, humanities and fine arts, 

    mathematics, science, and social sciences;

  • Ensure, through a professional studies component, the transmission of knowledge

    about the social, historical, and philosophical foundations of education; theories

    of human development and learning; research and experience-based principles

    of effective practice; and the impact of technology and social changes on

    schools;

  • Provide a well-planned sequence of field experiences in diverse settings that

    enable candidates to relate professional knowledge to the realities of practice in

    schools and classes;

  • Offer opportunities for candidates to reflect upon the effectiveness of their

    teaching, to develop insights and judgments about what they do and why they

    do what they do, and to make decisions about teaching that will enhance pupil

    understanding and success;

  • Ensure, through courses and experiences, the development of critical thinking

    and values-based decision-making, effective communication, and positive

    professional collaboration in the educational arena;

  • Maintain the viability of its programs through systematic and continuous

    evaluation and modification; and,

  • Maintain linkages with community stakeholders for the mutual benefit of the

    College and its departments, the University, and the community.