Preparing Educators as Leaders

About the KU School of Education

Founded in 1909, the University of Kansas School of Education educates future teachers, administrators, counselors, psychologists, and health and sport professionals. The School offers a variety of programs from its Lawrence Campus sites at Joseph R. Pearson Hall and Robinson Center. The KU School of Education also offers several graduate degree programs, as well as an undergraduate degree in Exercise Science, at the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, Kansas.

Our Mission

Within the University, the School of Education serves Kansas, the nation and the world by (1) preparing individuals to be leaders and practitioners in education and related human service fields, (2) expanding and deepening understanding of education as a fundamental human endeavor, and (3) helping society define and respond to its educational responsibilities and challenges. To accomplish this mission, the School of Education (1) offers an extensive curriculum leading to academic degrees and professional licensure, (2) requires faculty and students to engage in scholarship, and (3) provides a wide range of professional services to schools, other institutions, and individuals.

KU School of Education Conceptual Framework

At both the initial and the advanced levels, we believe that teaching is an honorable, dynamic, and vitally important profession. Preparing children and youth for life in a society that is distinguished by constant change, increased diversity, and difficult challenges requires educators who can serve as leaders in their profession - individuals who will be role models in their schools and communities. With regard to our initial and advanced teacher licensure programs, professional and state standards provide the structure for the knowledge and competencies that we expect candidates to demonstrate. Although the standards for each program organize the professional knowledge base into slightly different strands or domains, common themes emerge. View the full conceptual framework document here.



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