Handbook - Mission, Vision, and Values

An Overview of the College of Education at UNC Charlotte

Our Mission
The mission of the College of Education at UNC Charlotte is to prepare highly effective and ethical 21st century professionals who have a positive impact on children, youth, families, community, and schools and who are successful in urban and other diverse settings.  This mission is accomplished through teaching, research and community engagement that lead to improved practice and by working in partnership with schools, communities, and university colleagues.

Our Vision
The professional preparation programs within the College of Education are recognized regionally, nationally, and internationally, for preparing excellent professionals. The College recognizes the central importance of excellent professionals for student achievement and for the well-being of children, youth, families, schools, and communities. Graduates of the College’s undergraduate programs are recognized as being knowledgeable, effective, reflective, collaborative, and responsive practitioners who are leaders in their field. Master’s graduates are recognized as master professionals in their respective fields. Doctoral graduates are recognized as superb leaders who are adding to the knowledge base of their respective professions. The recognition of the College’s graduates is based upon documented effective performance and full and successful accountability to state and national mandates and accreditation reviews.

The College faculty achieve this vision by:

  • Providing instruction at the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral levels that models empirically validated best practice, and challenges learners to aspire to excellence. Students and other faculty in the University and College of Education recognize the teaching of the faculty for demonstrating knowledgeable, relevant, and motivating course instruction at all levels.
  • Generating and synthesizing knowledge through research that informs the preparation programs of the College and professional preparation programs in education elsewhere. The research conducted within the College is recognized for enhancing educational services, improving learner outcomes, and impacting positively on the development of persons.
  • Providing genuine and meaningful service to the public schools and other service providers that informs the professional preparation programs of the College. The service of the faculty to the profession models for students the professional responsibilities of ethical practice, collaboration, commitment to high professional standards, and life long learning.

The faculty within the College of Education are recognized nationally and internationally as excellent teachers and scholars. The faculty within the College of Education are recognized for establishing a collegial workplace that stimulates scholarly responsibilities for teaching, research, and service. The collegial workplace entails acceptance and celebration of the diversity of the people of North Carolina and the nation and includes, but is not limited to, race, culture, ethnicity, religion, gender, disability status, and sexual orientation. The College is therefore recognized as a highly desired workplace for faculty and staff and a highly desired place of study for students.

Our Values

We are a community of scholars who are committed individually and collectively to creating learning opportunities and environments where we enhance the capacity of our students to have a positive impact on children, youth, communities, families, and schools. We are committed to meeting the developmental and educational needs of our students and to maximize the growth, development, and learning of each individual.

In our programs of study, we are committed to high quality programs that are standards- based, to the on-going assessment of candidates and programs for the purpose of continuous improvement, to collaboration and outreach, and to the highest standards of professional practice and scholarship. We are committed to international understanding and involvement.

In fulfilling our professional roles, we are committed to the generation, dissemination, and application of knowledge. We, therefore, expect that faculty will be teacher-scholars and that they will maintain a balanced commitment to teaching, research, and service. We have a strong commitment to academic excellence and exceptional quality in all that we do.

In our dealings with each other, our students, and our professional colleagues in schools and communities, we are committed to valuing diversity and to speaking out against oppression. We are committed to thoughtfulness, reflection, flexibility, and the exploration of new ideas. We are committed to openness, honesty, forthrightness, and the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior. We strive to be collegial, collaborative, humane, and respectful of others, even when we are not in total agreement with their views or with their work, and we are committed to being sensitive to and supportive of others, including students, staff, faculty, and our professional colleagues in the community.