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Department Goals
Department Statement of Purpose and Learning Outcomes
The Teacher Education program at the College of Mount Saint Vincent offers an authentically inclusive, liberal arts based education grounded in the values embodied by the College's heritage of Catholic intellectual inquiry and social justice. The department offers an educational experience that is designed to foster a commitment to the service of students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, and abilities.

The department works to foster the academic and professional development of its students on their path to becoming competent, caring professionals who have the requisite knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to teach effectively in all school systems. Complementing the undergraduate program in its values-centered, pluralistic orientation, the graduate division offers students the opportunity to enhance their instructional competence and further develop professional leadership through the pursuit of academic excellence in an environment of intellectual curiosity and free exchange of ideas.

Department Learning Outcomes (Undergraduate and Graduate)
1) Demonstrate subject matter knowledge and pedagogical knowledge.

2) Demonstrate the ability to teach all students in an effective and caring manner.

3) Demonstrate positive values and ethical practice.

4) Demonstrate reflective practice and seek opportunities for professional growth. Students who satisfactorily complete the four-year program are eligible for College recommendation for New York State Initial Certification. This certification enables students to qualify for teaching positions in New York State.

Students who satisfactorily complete the five-year program are eligible for College recommendation for New York State Initial Certification. In addition, they fulfill academic coursework requirements for New York State Professional Certification. Students who complete the four and five year programs are also eligible for certification in other states according to the reciprocity agreements and requirements of the state.