Dean Willis Walter, PhD
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 who are competent, caring and culturally-responsive.
Reflective Practitioners analyzes the emotions, experiences, and actions of others to create an unbiased learning environment, and serve as advocates for 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 that is socially, emotionally and culturally relevant to understanding identity, achievement, equity and developmental appropriate strategies.
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).
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 analyzes the emotions, experiences, and actions of others to create an unbiased learning environment, and serve as advocates for educational justice for all. 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.