SCHOOL OF EDUCATION MISSION & PHILOSOPHY
The mission of the School of Education is to create knowledge and prepare students to transform societies through education.
The School of Education aims to be locally, nationally, and globally recognized for making a meaningful impact in the field of education through innovative teaching, research, and service. Our impact will be achieved through rigorous scholarship; advocating for equitable and inclusive learning environments; advancing social justice; preparing effective educators; providing leadership in public policy arenas; and collaborating with local, national, and global communities and organizations.
SHARED VALUES AND EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY
Four interrelated organizing principles that guide the curricular, instructional, research, and professional service activities of the School of Education faculty, inform the SOE conceptual framework. These principles, which are derived from our mission statement, are equity, community, diversity, and excellence. These principles represent our shared values and educational philosophy.
We make clear to our students that we expect them to understand and appreciate the implications of a professional commitment to equity, community, diversity, and excellence. We help them understand that the meanings of these terms are not static and with time and varied circumstances we may negotiate the meanings and implications of these principles for our programs in keeping with the continuously changing world around us.
The American University School of Education’s Master of Arts in Teaching degree program in collaboration with Urban Teachers has been specifically designed to equip program participants with the knowledge and practices needed to become a highly effective classroom teacher. It is a clinically-based master’s that focuses on core content as well as special education, preparing Urban Teachers participants to meet the needs of all children. It is not enough to just know the content; Urban Teachers educators must be able to demonstrate their content knowledge through the instructional decisions they make for children. For example, Urban Teachers educators must not only know the seven mathematical practices that undergird mathematics instruction; they must also be able to manifest this knowledge in highly engaging and rigorous learning experiences that they create for students every day.
The Urban Teachers program offers three separate programs of study. Participants accepted by both by Urban Teachers and the American University School of Education are placed into one of these three programs of study:
▪ Elementary Education and Special Education,
▪ Secondary English Language Arts and Special Education, or
▪ Secondary Mathematics and Special Education.
Completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching degree does not in itself make a participant eligible for full professional certification/licensure. A participant becomes eligible for certification/licensure only upon the successful completion of the full Urban Teachers program.
Please note, all programs of study may not be available at all city sites.