Cumberland University

Vision, Mission, Purpose & Goals

Our Mission

Through appropriate modeling of professional methods, advisement, clinical experiences, assessment, and action research, Cumberland University's School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts will collaborate to create a viable learning community of distinction. Our mission is to prepare candidates to become "competent, caring, qualified" professionals and reflective practitioners. The program will provide candidates opportunities to learn the interrelated themes of the common body of knowledge that encompasses the essential skills, dispositions, and knowledge required by professionals in their fields of practice.

Our Vision

Through a shared vision, the faculty of the Cumberland University School of Humanities, Education and the Arts strives to protect our status of being recognized by regional practitioners as a program that produces competent, caring, qualified professionals and reflective practitioners. School of Education and Public Service faculty will continue to be aware of and prepare our candidates for the constantly evolving policy, socio-cultural and technological contexts of the constituents they will serve.

Our Purpose

The purpose of the programs in the School of Humanities, Education and the Arts is to produce graduates who have mastered the knowledge, gained or enhanced the dispositions, and demonstrated performance of the skills required of professionals of distinction. Graduates should leave the program with the skills to continue to critically reflect on their own practice in such a way that they can effectively strive for continual self-improvement.

Our Goals

The faculty of the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts strives to protect our status of being recognized by regional educators as a program that produces educators who are “competent, caring, qualified professional educators and reflective practitioners” in a changing world. Through content, curriculum, and modeling, the goal of the faculty of the School of Humanities, Education and the Arts is to produce candidates who can demonstrate the knowledge, skills and dispositions established by national and state standards for teachers and administrators.

Our goals for teachers are that graduates of our Teacher Licensure programs will:

  1. Understand the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) they teach and create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for students.
  2. Understand how children and youth learn and develop, and provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social and personal development.
  3. Understand how students differ in their approaches to learning and create instructional opportunities that are adapted to learners from diverse cultural backgrounds and with exceptionalities.
  4. Understand and use a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students’ development of critical thinking, problem-solving, and performance skills.
  5. Use an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.
  6. Use knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom.
  7. Plan and manage instruction based upon knowledge of subject matter, students, the community, and curriculum goals.
  8. Understand and use formal and informal assessment strategies to evaluate and ensure the continuous intellectual, social and physical development of their students.
  9. Are reflective practitioners who continually evaluate the effects of their choices and actions on others (students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community) and actively seek out opportunities to grow professionally.
  10. Communicate and interact with parents/guardians, families, school colleagues, and the community to support students’ learning and well-being.