- To graduate highly skilled and knowledgeable practitioners, teachers, administrators, counselors, scholars, and other professionals who are leaders in their respective fields and are committed to inclusion in policy and practice.
- To operate from a social justice philosophy that includes advocating for the rights of historically marginalized populations and for educational, health, and broader forms of equity.
- To pursue rigorous scholarship, including evolving forms of intellectual and creative work that has an impact in local and global contexts.
- To promote wellness across communities including multiple dimensions of physical health and activity, and socio-emotional wellbeing.
- To prepare leaders in multiple fields including through intensive field experiences informed by theory, scholarly evidence, exemplary practices, and reciprocal university-community relations.
- To stimulate student success through transformative pedagogy, student-centered learning, and effective integration of technology-based and other resources.
- To recognize that diversity and academic excellence are inseparable. Diversity is embraced in its varied dimensions including but not limited to a diverse community of faculty, students, and staff; multiculturalism; and work in diverse schools and social environments.
- To foster interdisciplinary scholarship and collaborative partnerships, and to promote a climate in the School of Education and the broader university community characterized by mutual respect and democratic and sustainable practices.
- To nurture a vibrant, close-knit community of scholars and students who enrich as well as draw from the breadth of resources and opportunities of a research university.
The School of Education stands on the two pillars of our strategic plan: Inclusive Anti-Racist Pedagogy and Digital Pedagogies. At this unique point in United States history—a point of national reckoning with racial injustice—the School is positioned with expertise and capacity, and a commitment to build more expertise and capacity, in inclusive anti-racist pedagogy, practice and philosophy. Syracuse University is also at a unique point in its history, with the expansion of Syracuse University Global signaling a significant focus on digital education. The School of Education has expertise and capacity, and a commitment to build more expertise and capacity, in digital pedagogy and practice. We seek to be the global leader in preparing educators for now and for the future with cross-functional fluency with technologies and digital pedagogies and deep understandings of and commitments to inclusive, anti-racist pedagogy and practices.