Mission of the Education Department of Dickinson College
The mission of the Education Department of Dickinson College is to prepare teachers with a strong liberal arts foundation and professional studies for engaged lives of citizenship and leadership in the service of society and its children. Consistent with the mission of the College, the Education Department provides “a useful education in the context of a liberal arts and sciences curriculum.” Teacher Education at Dickinson College is characterized by its focus on developing teachers who have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions recognized by state and national accrediting bodies as necessary for successful teaching in contemporary society as well as those skills and habits of mind deemed by the College as serving students for a lifetime. Focusing on the application of educational theory and practice in middle and secondary school settings, the Teacher Education curriculum is grounded in the traditional disciplines in which pre-service teachers at Dickinson College major. Pre-service teachers at Dickinson College are challenged to cross borders pertaining to culture and belief and to stretch themselves in preparation for professional lives in a complex world. They are encouraged to reflect on and engage in educational research and practice—both their own and that of others—in order to preserve that which is effective and to improve that which is not. Finally, pre-service teachers at Dickinson College are encouraged to work within their chosen profession toward the development of a socially just and fully democratic world. It is, then, this combination of the traditional liberal arts and sciences curriculum, contemporary educational theory and practice, grounded reflection, and engagement with the world that prepares Dickinson College Teacher Education students for positions of leadership within their chosen profession and enables them to contribute to the continuous improvement of education for the benefit of society and its children.