About the Department

TEP Mission

The Department of Teacher Education at UIS prepares future teachers in an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning: our goal is to develop professionals who meet the needs of diverse learners, who are guided by the principles of social justice, and are committed to collaborating and serving schools and communities.

TEP Vision

Inspiring teachers to change the world…

TEP Program Goals and Objectives (Student Learning Outcomes)

Teaching and Learning

  • Understand, evaluate, select, and utilize key educational theories and educational research in support of innovative practices for curriculum creation, instruction, assessment, and student engagement.
  • Apply educational research to decision making.
  • Design differentiated, ambitious student-centered instruction and assessment informed by strong content area knowledge, diverse student characteristics and data, national/state/local curriculum goals, and community contexts.
  • Demonstrate strong foundational knowledge of reading, writing, and oral communication skills/knowledge within the content areas and how to facilitate the acquisition and assessment of these skills/knowledge.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

  • Understand school as a liberatory institution.
  • Value and advocate for diversity in all forms as an asset to education.
  • Know how to create a safe and healthy learning environment that facilitates cultural and linguistic affirmation, social/emotional well-being, positive social interactions, active engagement, and academic risk-taking.
  • Know how to adapt instruction for the unique developmental, cognitive, cultural, and linguistic needs of all learners.

Collegiality and Collaboration

  • Bring people and resources together to change the status quo in schools.
  • Foster respectful and productive communication among colleagues or stakeholders within and outside of the school walls.
  • Work as a team to build and maintain collaborative relationships to foster cognitive/academic, linguistic, physical, social/emotional development of all learners.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to family and community engagement as a key element of culturally affirming teaching and learning.

Equitable Management of Resources

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of potential technological and resource inequity outside of schools, and strategies to redress this within schools.
  • Engage in community outreach and grant writing to obtain necessary resources.

Ethics and Integrity

  • View all individuals through asset perspectives.
  • Promote the academic success, social and emotional health, and moral connectedness within the school and society for all.
  • Demonstrate professional commitment by acting as a leader in the field, demonstrating honesty, integrity, personal responsibility, and respect.