a. The vision and mission of the unit
The preparation of teachers has been a major part of the mission of UW-Whitewater since its inception on April 21st, 1868 as a normal school, and through its subsequent evolution as a teachers college, a state college and a state university. For more than a century, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has offered programs leading to the certification of teachers.
Mission Statement: The College of Education is committed to the principles of excellence in teacher education and leadership in maintaining and extending an effective system of schools for a free society. This commitment motivates the faculty to develop programs of teacher education designed to meet the wide and varied educational needs of society. In fulfilling its mission, the College of Education has emphasized quality and excellence and has dedicated itself to the study and analysis of educational trends, innovation and leadership.
The essential mission of the teacher education program is the preparation of effective teachers and other school personnel in order to meet the needs of diverse student populations in the public schools and other educational settings throughout the state of Wisconsin. In addition to providing an array of programs leading to initial licensure, the unit provides programs for advanced licensure, for advanced degrees, for license renewal, and for personal and professional enrichment.