Teaching is one of the most complex and challenging vocations. Lee Iacocca highlighted the value of the teaching profession when he noted that, “… in a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something else.” It takes courage and commitment to become an educator who has the utmost positive regard for their students and a fervent belief in their ability to succeed even amongst many challenges. An educator who regards teaching not only as a vocation, but as a calling.
At TWU’s School of Education, our focus is on intentionally connecting the educational practice of teaching and learning with the holistic richness of Christian spiritual understandings. We aim to help all our students develop reflective discernment through wisdom, humility, peace, patience, reference, gratitude, compassion, hope, courage, faithfulness, attentiveness, and love of beauty. These virtue pathways are our commitment to the teaching profession.
In each of our undergraduate and graduate programs we go beyond acquired technical expertise and expected education standards, to inspire hearts and minds who respond to the varying demands of the profession in equitable and inclusive ways. Pre-service teachers and scholars are guided to the lifelong exploration and development of philosophical and theological understandings of what it means to be human, to be educated, and to live well with others and the created world.
Our program outcomes and virtue pathways can be found here.
Lara Ragpot, D.Ed.
TWU Dean of Education