Mission and Learning Goals
The mission of the CSB/SJU Education Department is to provide exemplary teacher preparation within the framework provided by the Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice for Teachers.
Building on our theme of Teachers as Decision Makers, philosophy, and mission, our aim is to prepare exemplary teachers who:
- have a strong liberal arts background
- exemplify Benedictine values
- make professional decisions
- and ultimately help all students achieve their full potential as persons and as responsible world citizens in a democratic society.
Liberal Arts Tradition
Drawing from the liberal arts tradition, we seek to prepare teachers who possess a rich and diverse background of coursework and experiences that stress:
- intellectual challenge
- open inquiry
- collaborative scholarship
- clear thinking
Embedded within our belief in the necessity of a broad, liberal arts education is an emphasis on the basic skills of reading, critical thinking, and writing. We seek to provide experiences throughout our program that enhance the development of these skills.
We also attempt to emphasize the Benedictine values of openness to change and lifelong learning as essential to continued teaching effectiveness and seek to model these values by keeping abreast of and teaching about the latest technologies and instructional trends.
Effective Classroom Decisions & Practical Experience
In addition to a rich, liberal arts experience, it is our mission to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make effective classroom decisions. Drawing from the Minnesota Standards of Effective Practice, we endeavor to provide a strong knowledge of content, foundations, and pedagogy as well as the practical skills (including the use of instructional technology) essential to classroom success.
We realize, however, that knowledge and skills attained in a college classroom are not enough. Therefore, to enable the fulfillment of our mission, our program allows for frequent opportunities to apply the knowledge, practice the skills, and then reflect on their outcome.
Living the Catholic & Benedictine Values
Consistent with Catholic and Benedictine values, we seek to develop teachers who have a commitment to service and building a classroom community which respects all persons. We realize that for this to happen, we must be vigilant in our efforts to increase teacher candidates’ knowledge of diversity and help them examine their own biases and beliefs so that they are able to make educational decisions that enhance the development of all learners. Therefore, content and experiences involving elements of cultural diversity are consciously woven throughout our curriculum.