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Education Department Overview
EDUCATION DEPARTMENT MISSION
Prepare Prospective Teachers Who Have the Knowledge, Skills, and
Distinctive Attitudes and Values Needed to Make and Implement Professional
Decisions in a Changing World."
THE VISION, MISSION STATEMENTS AND VALUES WHICH DISTINGUISH THE HOPE COLLEGE TEACHER
The vision of the Hope College Education Department is to create, nurture and sustain an exemplary and distinctive teacher education program that is current, integrated with the liberal arts, which promotes and models six professional abilities.
With faculty themselves well grounded in the six abilities, the mission of the professional teacher education program at Hope College is to prepare prospective teachers who have the knowledge, skills, and distinctive attitudes and values needed to make and implement professional decisions in a changing world.
Education Department Core Values
1. We believe that our colleagues, students and others should experience
our trust, as well as integrity in our interactions.
3. We believe that the multiple perspectives of the historic Christian faith provide foundation of our work and lives.
4. We believe that all learning is developmental in nature and with this understanding are committed to the nurture of learning with high expectations in our own lives as well as the lives of our students.
5. We believe that we must approach our work and interactions with others with creativity and a sense of joy.
Adopted December 6, 2000.
The Hope College Teacher
What, then, distinguishes the Hope College teacher from teachers prepared at other institutions who share similar goals and objectives? While the interdependent scaffolding provided by the developmental perspective, six professional abilities, and three levels of course work supported by current knowledge bases under girds each of our programs, the defining characteristic of Hope College graduates lies in their understanding that teaching and learning are both intellectual and spiritual endeavors. Our students understand teaching as a vocation that requires knowledge, passion, commitment, flexibility, as well as a sense of humor. They understand that they will serve as personal and professional role models for their students, and for each other, both in and out of the classroom. Hope College students experience themselves as individuals who are discovering their unique gifts as educators. Perhaps more importantly, they see themselves as part of a larger social-spiritual context in their growing understanding of stewardship as they offer those unique gifts in the service of others.
In keeping with the mission statement that defines
Hope College education as being grounded in the “context of the historic Christian faith,” our
students see themselves as members of a community of faith. We realize
that each student will understand, define, and actualize this in a distinct
and personal way. What unites the Hope College Department of Education
faculty with our teacher education candidates can be summarized best
by our college-wide motto, “Spera in Deo,” Hope in God. Together
as novice and seasoned educators, we trust in our individual and collective
vocations; we accept the challenges of teaching for equity, and for the
moral and spiritual growth for all children and youth; and we place our
hope in God that our efforts will foster justice, peace, enlightenment,
and renaissance. We are confident that the education that beginning teachers
receive at Hope College shapes their love of learning and teaching and
promotes positive professional, personal, and spiritual dispositions
that will last for a lifetime and will have a lasting impact on the future.