The Marquette University College of Education is a diverse and engaged community of learners, nationally recognized for cultivating excellence in pedagogy and scholarship toward social justice.
The Marquette University College of Education is committed to rigorous research, teaching, and service, with the goal of developing educational and mental health professionals who think critically, innovate with heart and soul, and lead vigorously and collaboratively toward a more just society.
Conceptual Framework and Academic Focus
All Marquette University programs foster personal and professional excellence, the promotion of a life of faith, and the development of leadership expressed in service to others. Respectful of these underpinnings, our learning community in the College of Education values the balancing of theory, research, and practice and emphasizes active engagement, critical thinking, and social critique. Our students develop strongly held ideals of care, respect, and advocacy for the well-being of all humankind under the guidance of faculty who are exceptional teachers and mentors, prominent scholars, and exemplary models of service. Our faculty members aim to nurture the transformation of students into individuals who will grow continuously in their application of the ideals of social justice—in the practice of their profession, in their personal and collective involvement in society, and in their interactions and relationships with students, parents and guardians, clients, families, colleagues, school personnel, and community partners.
Consistent with Jesuit tradition, the College of Education programs at Marquette University prepare teachers, community-based educators, school counselors, counseling psychologists, community counselors, and administrators to become advocates and practitioners of equity and justice through their work in schools and communities. A commitment to equity and justice is expressed first through our undergraduate and graduate students becoming excellent professionals who exhibit a deep knowledge and understanding of their disciplines as well as how children, adolescents, and adults learn and develop. The commitment is further realized as students master the requisite skills of their profession.
Taken together, their knowledge and skills enable Marquette students to be compassionate professionals whose pedagogy, administration, counseling practice, or professional psychology meets the intellectual, social, emotional, cultural, and physical needs of those with whom they work. Their instructional, leadership, or intervention practices embody reciprocal relationships of dignity and respect with the race, social class, gender, ethnicity, and ability of their students or clients in mind.
Marquette students also exhibit dispositions that support lifelong learning and an appreciation for research and professional growth. They are imaginative, critical thinkers who continually reflect on their practice and role in society to enhance the learning and general well-being of those they serve. In these endeavors, they grow in their engagement with critical analysis of and advocacy against structural inequities in society and in education.