Education Core Values and Code of Conduct
The Education Department, guided by professional standards and practices and input from our professional partners, has defined five core values that inform our curriculum, student assessment and program assessment.
Critically Reflective Practice : We believe that educators must be critically reflective practitioners. We model and teach critically reflective practice through knowledge and skills that will enable our students to address the following questions: (1) Who am I as an educator? (2) Why do I do what I do? and (3) How do I engage in continuous improvement?
Professionalism: We advocate that our students, many currently working in the field, must be recognized as professionals and in turn will validate such recognition by understanding and upholding the moral, ethical and behavioral guidelines for their chosen profession.
Diversity: We respect the diversity that students bring to the classroom and as such model inclusive teaching and learning practices in which students’ diverse needs are not only met but also celebrated as integral to meaningful learning experiences.
Multicultural Perspectives: We embrace the various cultural perspectives that shape the diverse communities in which we live and thus emphasize knowledge of how multicultural perspectives shape the context of our interactions with community and our construction of meaning, and skills for working in multicultural environments.
Collaboration: We believe in the value of collaboration with colleagues, students, families, and communities and build skills needed to engage in effective and authentic collaborative relationships.
The Core Values and Student Issues
If an instructor observes behaviors that are inconsistent with the core values, he or she may request a meeting with the student to share these observations and develop goals to correct these behaviors. If no progress or resolution occurs, the instructor can refer the student to the Director of Education Programs. For examples of inconsistent behavior, please review the Education Student Issues Form .