We in the Elementary Education Credential Program at Humboldt State University are committed to high quality education of teachers and to keeping children and adolescents at the heart of our teaching.
We believe our society needs teachers who: are creative and independent thinkers, take on leadership roles in our profession, demonstrate academic excellence, and commit themselves to high ethical standards. We perceive students not as passive recipients, but rather as active, life-long learners. We believe that literacy is the responsibility of every teacher and essential for life-long learning.
Our goal for all of our students is that they will graduate from our program and become exceptional teachers and strong, articulate advocates for children, adolescents, and for public education.
We believe in offering a challenging academic program that focuses on best educational practices and the creation of a community of caring in our program and in our public school classrooms. We respond to our students’ work personally; help our students become aware of their own assumptions, preconceptions, and personal filters; and assist them in understanding how such assumptions, preconceptions, and filters affect their teaching and the equity of the education that their students receive.
We are committed to the act of teaching as being one of social activism and promotion of social justice. We see teachers as being agents of social change. We are aware that prospective teachers may perceive a disconnect between the philosophy of education in some public school systems and that which we profess, and we see it as part of our mission to assist our students in their development so that they are able to take their place in those systems as thoughtful and sensitive agents of change, constantly working to bridge, narrow, and eventually close the gap between what they experience in schools and what they believe.
We know that teaching is one of the most difficult and demanding professions, and we believe that no profession is more rewarding or more worth the dedication required than teaching.