B.S. Education Program Mission

The mission of the BSE programs of NWFSC is to provide pre-service teacher education that employs best practices, practical field experiences, and research-based strategies to develop quality teachers who possess the skills, knowledge, and professionalism necessary to promote student success in today's community of diverse learners.

The Teacher Education Department faculty and staff have further refined this mission statement into a set of overarching philosophical tenets for all NWFSC teacher education candidates to embrace.*

*The college acknowledges the School of Education at Jacksonville University and its work on refining and defining the characteristics of the reflective teacher and the constructivist classroom. In addition to the Jacksonville University materials, the following works were used to develop these tenets. Dean, Ceri, Lauer, Patricia, and Urquhart, Vicki, "Outstanding Teacher Education Programs: What Do They Have That Others Don't?", Phi Delta Kappan, December 2005, pages 286-288; "Linda Darling-Hammond on Teacher Preparation", Edutopia Online (www.glef.org), the George Lucas Educational Foundation, 2005. (Transcript of interview.); Huling, L. "Early Field Experiences in Teacher Education", 1998, available at www.ed.gov/databases/ERIC; and Huling, L. "Teacher Mentoring as Professional Development", 2001, available at www.ed.gov/databases/ERIC; Rogers, C. "Defining Reflection: Another Look at John Dewey and Reflective Thinking", Teachers College Records, 104:4, pages 842-866, 2002.

  • The process of learning and the process of teaching cannot be separated
  • Good teaching is both a science and an art, calling not only for organization, structure, and accountability, but also for creativity, spontaneity, delight, and inspiration
  • Teaching is a profession which values and demands collaboration, planning, teamwork, and a commitment to the continuous improvement of schools
  • Attaining successful student outcomes requires dedication to curricular goals and the application of high standards and the flexibility to adjust strategies and methods to the needs of the learners
  • The classroom is an interactive, dynamic backdrop for culturally relevant and inclusive learning activities
  • Teachers are leaders who apply best practices, research, ethics, law, and reflection to their decisions
  • Varied and ongoing assessment is necessary to assist all students in reaching their potential
  • A commitment to the value of reading is essential to the successful learning environment
  • A love for and mastery of the subject area(s) is a crucial characteristic of the high-performing teacher
  • Professional development in both subject matter knowledge and professional practice is a continuous, career-long process

The Teacher Education Department faculty and staff have distilled these tenets into specific skills, knowledge, and dispositions. Upon completion of this program, NWFSC teacher education graduates will:

  • Master and apply the concepts of instructional design;
  • Maintain a learner-centered environment;
  • Treat all students fairly;
  • Demonstrate a deep and comprehensive knowledge of content;
  • Demonstrate a belief that all students can learn;
  • Assess learners appropriately and for multiple purposes, thereby using diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to professional development and improvement;
  • Unfailingly adhere to the profession's high moral standards and codes of conduct