The Education Department

The Education Department offers the graduate programs at the College of Idaho.

Mission Statement

The Education Department of the College of Idaho is an Educative Community committed to improving student learning in K-12 classrooms by preparing educators with a passion for life-long learning and who have a thorough knowledge of content, educational theory, and best practice. The department collaborates with K-12 practitioners, professional organizations, community members, and policy makers to improve the preparation of new educators, as well as to support the professional development of practitioners.

Vision Statement

Over the next five years, the department will act within the dynamic educational environment to prepare educators with a passion for teaching and learning. Educators prepared at the College of Idaho will have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will empower them to operate within existing institutions while providing leadership that will influence the community, the profession, policies and practices that will have a positive impact on student learning.

Conceptual Framework

An Educative Learning Community

"The difference between mere circumstance and lived experiences is our capacity to bestow experience with meaning, be reflective, and take action." - John Dewey

Community of Learners - Constructivist Learning - Critical & Caring Pedagogy

The College of Idaho teacher certification program strives to be an educative learning community. The educative learning community is based on John Dewey's understanding of educative experiences that encourages personal and community growth (Dewey, 1963). It is a community where students are provided with a reflective caring environment so that the process of becoming a teacher can be explored. It is a community where students are offered a vision of schooling that promotes and helps create a more just and democratic society.

Beliefs

  • All individuals have inherent value and should be treated with respect.
  • Educators must be life-long learners.
  • An integration of theory, research, and best practices is foundational to effective teaching and learning.
  • An educator must be a person of integrity with a passion for teaching and learning.
  • Learning is contextual, experiential, and social.
  • Educators in a democratic society must be committed to social justice.