The Department of Education and Counseling is dedicated to achieving the goals and objectives of the University. As a community of learners, the Department advances the University's committment to the Catholic Augustinian tradition and recognizes that all members of the departmental community -- students, faculty and staff -- are unique and valued individuals who are committed to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge. The Department extends this respect to all members of the greater University community and, indeed, through its service to schools and other organizations, to all people.
The Department is specifically charged with preparing teachers, counselors and human service providers to be ethical leaders in their professions. Through its certification and licensure programs, the Department combines theory and research with practical experience in school and community settings to help improve the quality of the lives of others.
In fulfilling this charge, the Department is aware of its obligation to collaborate with the greater community that it serves. A sensitivity to persons as unique individuals and as members of a variety of communities, a committment to effect social justice, a passion for intellectual curiosity, and a dedication to service are the expected characteristics of each Department graduate. These personal qualities are inextricably connected to our graduates' professional identity and development.