The mission of the Education Department at Eastern Connecticut State University is twofold: 1) To prepare reflective, responsive professional educators with evidence-based teaching skills and strategies to support students in their learning and development in a global community, and 2) to advocate for best practices for all students in diverse educational environments.
The Education Department prepares graduates for teaching positions in a variety of educational settings, from early childhood through elementary and secondary education through undergraduate and graduate certification programs. Candidates gain competence and skills in pedagogy; academic content areas; educational technology; and knowledge integration, while also demonstrating how to create learning environments that support student diversity. Professionalism and alignment with institutional, state, and national standards are also emphasized in the program. Eastern’s teacher preparation program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Faculty members also offer a wide variety of on-campus and online graduate courses and programs for teachers to further develop their knowledge and teaching ability.