Laura Saylor, PhD., Dean, School of Education

School of Education Vision Statement

The School of Education is grounded in the service-oriented tradition of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and the Catholic intellectual tradition of free and open inquiry in search of truth.  Through our innovative programs, we nurture educators who are knowledgeable, collaborative, ethical, and supportive of diversity.

School of Education Mission Statement

The School of Education prepares highly qualified, collaborative, caring and reflective educators who uphold the tradition of social responsibility, academic excellence, and ethical leadership of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.

Core Values of the School

The focus of the School of Education is to produce teachers who know their  subject matter well, are skilled in pedagogy, are nurturing  and supportive  of their students while holding them to high academic standards, and are reflective practitioners engaged in professional growth.  In carrying out this charge, the department has committed to the following core values which support both the university’s and department’s mission statements.

  • We promote critical thinking and reflective practices
  • We teach students to have respect for themselves and others through collaboration and service
  • We encourage students to participate in professional development and scholarship
  • We value and model ethical conduct
  • We promote a knowledge and appreciation of diversity by requiring a variety of experiences

Candidate Competencies

Based on the department mission and core values, the School of Education claims that its graduates meet the following standards which are derived from the Ohio Standards for the Teaching Profession and CAEP principles.

  1. Content knowledge - The candidate articulates accurate subject matter and applies that knowledge in planning and presenting lessons aligned with content standards. 
  2. Learner characteristics - The candidate incorporates knowledge of how students learn and how diverse experiences affect learning when planning and presenting lessons aligned with content standards.
  3. Instructional strategies - The candidate applies a variety of scientifically-based, data-driven instructional strategies based on learning goals, assesses student's progress toward these goals, and differentiates instruction based on student needs and assessment results.
  4. Learning environment - The candidate creates and manages a learning environment that encourages active, engaged learning and respect for others.
  5. Professional responsibilities - The candidate engages in reflective practice, promotes collaboration among peers, families and communities, and takes on opportunities for professional development.