Theme, Vision, Mission and Purpose
Wayne State: Making a notable difference to rural and community life through learning excellence, student success, and regional service.
Wayne State College is a comprehensive institution of higher education dedicated to freedom of inquiry, excellence in teaching and learning, and regional service and development. Offering affordable undergraduate and graduate programs, the College prepares students for careers, advanced study, and civic involvement. The College is committed to faculty-staff-student interaction, public service, and diversity within a friendly and collegial campus community.
Consistent with the vision of Wayne State College, the education unit will provide regional leadership and service to individuals, schools, and communities. Teacher candidates and unit faculty will work in partnership with regional schools to improve educational opportunities for all students.
The mission of the education unit is to facilitate the development of dynamic professional educators and leaders who collaborate for the benefit of self and others, school, community, and the profession. This mission is accomplished through inquiry, reflection, excellence in teaching and learning, and regional service.
Educational stewards engage in harmonious inquiry, reflection, facilitation and implementation which contribute to the empowerment of individuals and democratic communities. The professional education unit understands that the search for wisdom is never-ending and is characterized by graduates who make inquiry, reflection, and implementation habitual. The unit seeks to empower professional educators and school leaders with knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for the renewal and continuing vitality of schools. To this end, unit faculty members are committed to creating and implementing programs that are characterized by breadth, depth, and rigor. Because knowledge and current accepted practice can rapidly become obsolete in the information age, unit programs are broad enough in scope to include an array of educational theories and approaches present in our dynamic society, and will accommodate the evolving P-12 curriculum. This breadth will produce professional educators and school leaders who possess special abilities as well as content specializations. Program courses encompass both an intellectual and a moral dimension in order to ensure that quality educational opportunities are provided for all children within our democratic society. Although broad in design, programs also focus on depth of content including knowledge of the discipline(s), applied research, the wisdom of practice, and a repertoire of techniques and tools that enable professionals to practice their craft with fervor and passion.