The School of Education at Park University is to be known as a leader in the preparation of educators who will address the needs, challenges, and possibilities of the 21st century.
The School of Education at Park University, an institution committed to diversity and best practices, prepares educators to be effective teachers, leaders in their communities, change agents in their schools, and advocates for learners.
The vision and mission statements of the School of Education grow out of the developmental model for educational practice. Educators are professionals who are responsible for student learning, utilizing the most current research and practice. They facilitate that learning as they find their own unique talents and bring them to their unique educational environments.
The goal of the graduate education program is to contribute to the empowerment of educators, so that they can become change agents in their school environments and advocates for their students. The program uses an action/reflection model that encourages educators to review their practice, evaluate it, gather new information and, then, revise and implement it. It is a recursive process that should continue throughout one's career.
In every profession, there is a generative process in which practitioners desire to pass on, to subsequent generations, their acquired knowledge and skills. Part of the maturity developed in practice is the willingness to mentor others in the profession. The graduate program encourages educators to develop these and other leadership skills, so that they make a lasting contribution to the field of education.