Program Mission & Philosophy
"The mission of the College of Education at ETSU is to prepare
knowledgeable, competent, ethical, and caring educators who are
committed to excellence in their professional pursuits." The
graduate faculty of the M.Ed. Secondary Education program embraces
the College Mission Statement's goal of "assisting our students in
acquiring and applying knowledge of people, methodology and subject
matter for competent professional practice."
The Masters of Education in Secondary Education develops
advanced knowledge and skills in order to develop
action-researchers, change agents, life-long learners,
disseminators of knowledge, producers of knowledge, users of
current and emerging technologies, and multicultural practitioners.
Inherent in these broad attitudes, values and commitments are
dimensions of leadership, general knowledge, content knowledge,
professional knowledge, diversity, collaboration, reflective
practice, lifelong learning, caring, and critical thinking.
In order to enhance the philosophy, goals and support the
Mission of the M.Ed. Secondary Education program, the candidates,
as accomplished practitioners, will:
- commit to students and their learning by (1) recognizing
differences among students and adjusting their practice
accordingly; (2) taking into account how children develop when
planning learning activities; and, (3) fostering students'
self-esteem, civic responsibility, and respect for one
- understand how knowledge in their subjects is created,
organized, linked to other disciplines, and used in the real
world by (1) using a repertoire of effective teaching methods to
convey a subject to students and (2) helping students learn by
having them solve problems and make their own discoveries.
- manage and monitor student learning by (1) modifying their
teaching methods and classroom environment to meet students'
needs, and try new approaches when others fail; (2) knowing how
and when to get students, colleagues, and classroom volunteers to
assist them; (3) using varied assessment methods to evaluate
individual students as well as the entire class; and (4) clearly
explaining performance to parents.
- think systematically about their practice and learn from
experience by (1) becoming lifelong learners who regularly seek
advice from colleagues and others to strengthen their practice;
(2) drawing upon education research-as well as their own
classroom experience--to improve teaching; (3) being enthusiastic
for and committed to continued learning providing a compelling
model for their students.
- reach beyond the classroom to work creatively and
collaboratively with colleagues, parents and the community by (1)
striving, with colleagues, to improve school-wide curriculum and
instruction and bolstering the teaching of the entire faculty;
(2) working, with parents, to promote student growth; and (3)
taking advantage, in the community, of resources to enrich and
supplement student learning.