School of Education
Programs of the School of Education represent the evolution of over 100 years of educator preparation at California State University, Chico. Our School of Education mission is drawn from the university vision and mission. These statements, foundational to the university and supported over time, sharpen the focus of the School of Education on the preparation of educators who have the knowledge, skills and dispositions to function as initially well-prepared educators and to continue to advance their professional capabilities in order to most effectively serve learners and to become leaders in their schools and communities.
Today, teacher preparation at both the basic and advanced levels is an all-university responsibility, inviting and requiring the participation of faculty and staff from across the university. Intra-university collaboration is joined by strong links to schools and communities throughout northern California. For example, the CSU, Chico School of Education is a partner with the three area-wide Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) induction programs in order to form a seamless link between initial teacher preparation and at least the first two years of teaching. Due to the nature of the region, a high percentage of those who receive their initial preparation at our institution remain in the geographic area and are directly served by the partner induction programs. Another example of our strong links to the K-12 community is our membership in the National Network for Educational Renewal and our CSU, Chico NNER Consortium.
Mission of the CSU, Chico School of Education
Professional educators who complete their professional preparation through the CSU, Chico School of Education are called to imaginative citizenship and effective service to all students, their families and communities to improve the quality of life through education. These educators are informed decision-makers who can work collaboratively to apply the best research-based practices in their fields to enhance and support the learning, growth and welfare of their students. Our graduates are prepared to demonstrate a high level of competence consistent with the state and national standards that govern their professional programs. The professional education programs at CSU, Chico inspire their candidates to accept the challenges to remain reflective practitioners, serve as agents of change, exercise responsible leadership, model lifelong learning, and contribute to our democratic society.
The foundational belief guiding the programs of the CSU, Chico School of Education is that all individuals in a democratic society have a right to learn and should be prepared by schools for productive lives and civic participation. On this foundation rest other beliefs about the nature of learning, the education professions and the role of educators and schools in society.
It is the responsibility of educators to prepare learners to meet both current and future life challenges, requiring learning that is socially interactive, transformative and respectful of diverse perspectives. Such learning includes critical intellectual inquiry, reflection, collaboration and active engagement with the larger community. These approaches to learning in turn require a solid grounding in the content of the disciplines combined with the wise use of technology to increase access to educational experiences, to facilitate research and lifelong learning and to create a sense of connectedness to the world beyond our borders.
To provide these learning experiences, educators must be passionate about the teaching and learning process, appreciate and value human diversity, and create equitable access to learning opportunities for all students through the utilization of a broad range of pedagogical methods and resources. They must be thoroughly knowledgeable about their disciplines and committed to continuous self-directed learning, critical thinking and reflection in order to refine instructional practice.
Educators who best prepare students for academic success and democratic citizenship are those who create caring communities of learners in their classrooms and schools. In these classrooms and schools, educators feel a responsibility, not just for students, but also for their families and their communities. These educators see themselves as advocates for students and families and as agents for positive change. They take pride in the education profession and value collaborative relationships with colleagues, parents, and social and professional communities and agencies. They model service through their own work and help students to see the immediate value of their learning by providing opportunities to do work that serves their schools and communities.
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