Eastern Michigan University
College of Education at Eastern Michigan University
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Department of Special Education
Belief Statement

We believe that...

  • Teaching is our primary responsibility.
  • Teaching should be enjoyable.
  • Teaching should be conducted with dignity and respect for ourselves and others.
  • Teaching should be responsive to real life needs.
  • Teaching should be socially responsible.
  • Teaching should contribute to the body of knowledge.
  • We must strive for excellence and excellence is a goal, not an accomplishment.
  • Communication is the essence of productive student-faculty relationships and is central to the teaching-learning process.
  • Individual rights and mutual respect are necessary in the educational process.
  • Learning is an ongoing, evolutionary process which is life long, and teaching provides direction, not a destination.

We further believe that it is our responsibility to...

  • Prepare graduates who can be creative visionaries for the future.
  • Prepare graduates to be responsive to real life needs.
  • Prepare graduates to utilize state-of-the-art technical skills and knowledge.
  • Prepare graduates to engage in professional practices which are ethically and morally defensible.
College of Education