The Mission of the College of Education
The College of Education at Faulkner University is committed to the training of elementary, secondary, and
P-12 teachers who will demonstrate a high degree of both Christian character and professional competence. Those who complete the Teacher Education Program are prepared to provide leadership and promote Christian ethics in public and private schools.
The mission of Faulkner University’s College of Education is to glorify God through the education of the whole person and the preparation of highly competent, professional, and socially committed elementary and secondary school educators who possess content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge, who emphasize integrity of character, who use their gifts in the service of others, and who demonstrate professional competence and leadership in their field.
The education of our future citizenry is one of the most noble and significant challenges for an individual to accept. As our society continues to change and seek sources of positive influence, the need grows for dedicated, purpose-minded teachers. Those who pursue a teaching career now will inherit the task of motivating students to lead an intelligent, responsible and meaningful life. With these goals in mind, the vision of the College of Education integrates the University‘s five commitmentsâ€”to Christ, the Bible, the Individual, Excellence, and American Idealsâ€”with the need for quality educators who will serve others with integrity. The College of Education has created a vision for our quest to prepare future educators in collaboration with the broader Faulkner community, the professional community in schools surrounding our college, our teacher education program candidates, and our alumni: to prepare educators who are able to meet the challenges of teaching in the twenty-first century by the following goals:
- Fostering a Christ-like community of empathy, caring, friendliness, respect, openness, understanding and integrity to establish lives of professional service in facilitating learning.
- Fostering the pursuit of cognitive, moral, emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual excellence for lives of professional service in facilitating learning.
- Fostering the preparation of highly competent, professional, and socially committed elementary and secondary school educators and leaders for lives of professional service in teaching.
- Fostering the pursuit of specialized training in content, pedagogical, and professional knowledge for lives of professional service.
- Fostering the infusion of values, integrity, and character across the curriculum, co-curricular experiences, and extra-curricular activities for lives of professional service in facilitating learning.
- Fostering the development of educators who demonstrate dedication to their pupils‘ intellectual growth and overall well-being in lives of professional service in facilitating learning.
- Fostering a desire to perpetuate the art and profession of teaching through lives of professional service in facilitating learning.
- Fostering the lifelong pursuit of professional excellence, innovation, and collaboration in research and preparation of professionals for the highest levels of practice and service in diverse schools, organizations and communities.
It is the goal of the College of Education at Faulkner University to produce teachers who demonstrate the following:
1. High moral and ethical character, a by-product of their Christian commitment;
2. Honesty and integrity in all relationships, including school personnel, students, and the public;
3. Academic and professional competence, with careful attention to subject matter and teaching methods.
4. Diligence in planning and evaluation of student performance;
5. Respect for authority;
6. Genuine interest in children and youth as evidenced in friendliness, firmness, patience, and sensitivity to individual needs;
7. Willingness to go beyond minimum requirements.