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Online Education Specialist Certification Mission and Goals

The School of Education will prepare online education specialist degree candidates and other school personnel to be Reflective Constructors of Quality Learning Experiences through Critical Thinking and subsequently provide them with academic and practical experiences. Graduates with an online Ed.S. Degree will possess well-developed philosophies that will reflect conceptual, strategic, evaluative, and communicative knowledge as well as an understanding of technology that will help them meet the needs of diverse populations.

The overall goal at the School of Education supports the University’s goal to provide learning experiences that enable online EdS degree graduates to become leaders in moral deliberation, to use their reflective-critical thinking and problem-solving skills to become productive members of a democratic society. With this in mind, the Education Department has adopted the motto, “Reflective Constructors of Quality Learning Experiences through Critical Thinking,” as the foundation of its mission and vision.

The Online Online Education Specialist Certification Degree program seeks to:

  • Provide an extensive awareness of current issues and trends within its field of study.
  • Train qualified, ethical teachers and administrators in competencies leading to certification-licensure in approved programs that serve the technological and diverse demands of public and private schools.
  • Provide academic and practical experiences to develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions within its field of study.
  • Instill leadership qualities within graduate candidates that may effectuate meaningful educational change.


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