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The School of Education at Highlands carries forward a long-standing tradition of teacher education dating back to 1893 and is committed to providing experiences and knowledge to students seeking a degree or licensure in education. The school also promotes continuous personal and professional scholarly development activities and graduate work to achieve lifelong learning. It subscribes to the philosophy that views optimal living as a function of the personal ability to pursue a meaningful life in work, leisure, and home, while respecting, tolerating, and valuing all people.
A pragmatic goal of the School of Education faculty and administration is to provide candidates with the excellent educational opportunities to become licensed teachers, counselors and/or administrators in the state of New Mexico. In New Mexico, candidates attain their licensure goals by meeting the P.E.D.’s competencies for each licensable area. Our programs address these competencies and other professional standards.
Another pragmatic goal, for those that choose, is that the SoE faculty and administration will provide quality academic programs that lead to undergraduate and/or graduate education degrees. Academic degree requirements are proposed through faculty governance committees and approved by the Board of Regents of New Mexico Highlands University. Even those in-service educators who have degrees and licenses benefit from the access to academics. With the goal of providing authentic settings for our candidates, the academic preparation they bring into education settings is another avenue of service to our constituent school districts and communities.
Our constructivist philosophy reaches beyond pragmatic goals. The SoE faculty and administration believe in leading candidates to themselves. Our goal is that while candidates engage in reflective thinking, they transform themselves through the professional and academic winnowing process. We are the catalyst. The transformative learning process does not end at graduation or when licensure is achieved. This process continues to transform teachers, counselors and administrators into their professional careers in the areas of scholarship, community service and in-service. Even those who may leave our program before graduation or licensure may construct identities that redefine self-determined success.
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