Built upon and reflecting the TMU doctrinal and mission statements, the mission of the Pearl C. Schaffer School of Education is:
To equip and empower effective educators - developing Christ-like, professional practitioners who are called to ensure life-changing learning for all students.
What We Believe
We believe that a career in education is a calling: a professional ministry of service to students, families, and communities.
Life-changing learning is:
GROUNDED IN TRUTH (which can be discovered by, but is not derived from, our own self).
TRANSFORMATIONAL, resulting in the development of the learner across the cognitive, social-emotional, spiritual, and physical domains.
INDIVIDUAL, though informed by and benefitting from socio-cultural setting (context and community).
EXPERIENTIAL, and can be engaged in and represented by multiple means.
We believe the professional practice of education is:
EFFECTIVE (as evidenced by life-changing student learning) and ENGAGING (as evidenced by students’ higher-order thinking and ownership of learning).
PURPOSEFUL (focused on student learning rather than task completion, grades, or test scores) and INTENTIONAL (marked by achievable, measurable, relevant learning goals.)
RELATIONAL (based in discipleship) and INCLUSIVE (based in equity).
COLLABORATIVE (making connections with other professionals) and INTERDISCIPLINARY (making connections between subjects and to real world).
RESPONSIVE (to culture, setting, and students) and DYNAMIC (flexible and adaptable, not static).
More detailed information can be found in this PDF: Conceptual Framework 2019