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School of Education Mission, Goals, and Beliefs


The mission of the School of Education at St. John Fisher College is to provide a quality educational experience that prepares candidates for distinguished careers in their chosen profession and for leadership roles in a diverse, rapidly changing, and increasingly technological society. To this end, we seek to:

  • Prepare highly capable and ethically responsible professional educators who are committed to improving educational conditions, opportunities, and outcomes for all students.
  • Prepare candidates who share the belief that all students can and will learn.
  • Prepare candidates who understand educational theory, research, best practices and the use of various technologies, and how to apply this knowledge in diverse school settings and communities.
  • Prepare candidates to meet college, state, and national standards and requirements for graduation and certification


  • Provide high quality faculty, programs, services, and experiences that prepare candidates to work effectively with all students.
  • Ensure that all programs of study are aligned with professional, state, and institutional standards, and integrate theory with best practice.
  • Maintain an environment that promotes and supports the understanding of and an appreciation for diversity among candidates, faculty, and staff.
  • Ensure that all candidates, faculty, and staff understand and use technology to enhance their effectiveness, and the quality of teaching and learning.
  • Promote internal and external partnerships that support candidate, faculty, staff, program, and practitioner development.
  • Provide effective leadership that supports continuous improvement of programs, practices and services, and the acquisition of resources.


Consistent with our mission, the dean, faculty, and staff in the School of Education have adopted the following set of shared beliefs to help guide our work.

We believe that:

  • All students can and will learn when provided with the appropriate conditions, opportunities, and resources.
  • Successful learning communities respond to the needs, interests, and backgrounds of each student.
  • Effective teaching involves the transformation of understanding based on the depth, quality, and flexibility of the content being taught and its applicability to the prior knowledge of the learner.
  • Self-determination, self-advocacy, and self-improvement are keys to life-long learning.
  • Continuous improvement is essential and most effective when it is informed by research, best practice, and internal and external assessment.
  • The use of data collection, analysis, and evaluation informs decision-making and guides program improvement.
  • Moral integrity, and collegial and respectful comportment among the administration, faculty, staff, and students are necessary to provide an effective professional and cohesive educational experience.
  • Commitment, dedication, and caring enhances student learning.
  • Reflective practice is the foundation for career-long professional and personal growth.
  • Embracing multiple perspectives expands our knowledge base and informs our decisions.
  • A strong liberal arts background helps students to hone their intellectual skills and understand their chosen discipline more fully.
  • Understanding and respecting diversity enhances professional and personal development.
  • Partnerships within our own institution and with other institutions are essential and mutually beneficial.
  • Maximizing the relationship between technology and other resources enhances educational programs, faculty, and staff development and student learning.
  • Providing service to others is our civic responsibility.