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The mission of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction is to produce reflective professional educators who make effective educational decisions that support the creation of dynamic learning environments. Teacher Education, one of the major programs at the University, emphasizes broad general education as a foundation for mastery of teaching skills and specialized knowledge in academic discipline. The primary purpose of teacher education is to prepare highly qualified teachers for employment in Texas and the nation. The goal of the department is to develop teachers who: * possess appropriate knowledge and abilities in specific content areas or teaching fields; * communicate effectively with students, parents, and other professionals; * apply the principles of instructional planning in the development of curriculum; * use effective teaching practices; * formally and informally evaluate student performance and use results of such assessment in the instructional decision-making process; * promote critical thinking and participatory citizenship; * are skilled in the use of instructional technology; * are proficient in mathematical skills; * operate within the legal guidelines and uphold the ethics of the teaching profession; * demonstrate concern for students' general welfare; and * are committed to continued professional growth and development.


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