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Vision and Mission Statement

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Produce Reflective Practitioners that create Educational Justice for All.


The mission of the College of Education at Virginia State University is to promote quality programs, using current research and technology-based learning to prepare effective reflective practitioners that are competent, caring and culturally-responsive.

Reflective Practitioners insightfully examine all aspects of teaching and learning using essential dispositions to create positive, unbiased learning environments and educational justice for all.

College of Education Graduates are:

  • Competent – understanding the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of their content area(s) to create engaging and meaningful learning experiences for all.
  • Caring – displaying kindness, concern, and respect to all learners, while empowering learners to set achievable goals.
  • Culturally-Responsive – using research-based, student-centered methodology with culturally relevant performance assessments to promote student learning and high achievement.


The College of Education is the governing body for all programs preparing candidates for careers in the field of education. The college offers degrees and endorsement at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The programs in the College are approved by the Virginia Department of Education and accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) which is now the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

Conceptual Framework

The conceptual framework reflects the shared vision for preparing quality educators. The overall goal of the College of Education at Virginia State University, given its underlying vision, mission, and philosophy, is to facilitate the development of reflective practitioners who create positive learning environments for all students. This goal undergirds the development of successful candidates who are competent, caring, and culturally-responsive. Through reflective inquiry, candidates use professional knowledge to enhance learning for all students.

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