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School of Education

Our Mission & Vision

Mission Statement: The School of Education is dedicated to innovation from early childhood through post-graduation in a complete lifelong learning model of education. (Adopted by the School of Education 7/1/2020)

As missioned, the School of Education is organized to enhance MUW's degree-based teacher preparation programs while also providing critical outreach to the region and state through development opportunities for working professionals, life enrichment programs for members of the community, early childhood and parent education and development, and enrichment programs for Pre-K - 12 students. The School of Education is comprehensively designed to serve student populations from Pre-K through retirement.

Vision Statement: The W’s School of Education will reach those who wish to develop as professional educators, lead best practices in instruction, and master individualized support for each learner and community of learners from the foundation formed in preschool through post-graduation. (Adopted by the School of Education 7/1/2020)

Education is so much more than classroom instruction. The School of Education is specifically organized to leverage the combined resources of a comprehensive unit with a focus on Education from early childhood to post-graduate options. As such, the School functions as a hub for all things related to Education. Comprised of the Education undergraduate and graduate academic programs, the Office of Outreach & Innovation, the Child & Parent Development Center, Governor’s School, Summer Discovery, and the Complete-to-Compete C2C program, we pride ourselves on providing resources, guidance, and encouragement for our students at every stage of life.

Goals: (Adopted by the School of Education 7/1/2020; adopted by the MUW EPP 2/25/2021)
  • Goal 1: Provide students high quality best practices in all modalities of instruction to progressively develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions desired in the Professional Educator.
  • Goal 2: Provide individualized support beyond a traditional classroom model for students to progressively develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions desired in the Professional Educator and increase retention rates.
  • Goal 3: Provide meaningful support and service to students and the learning community-at-large through focused effort and development of meaningful partnerships.
  • Goal 4: Provide access to quality instruction, support, and coaching to those who wish to continue developing as Professional Educators.
  • Goal 5: Ensure equitable, meaningful programming for recruitment of potential students to all degree and certification pathways and increase enrollment.

Derek WebbThe W’s Archives has been chosen to participate in the 2013 Conservation Assessment Program (CAP), joining 2,800 archives and museums served by CAP in its 22-year history.


Heritage Preservation’s CAP is supported through a cooperative agreement with the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. CAP assists archives and museums by providing funds for professional conservation and preservation specialists to identify the conservation needs of their collections and historic buildings and recommend ways to correctly improve collections and building conditions.

Heritage Preservation’s President Lawrence L. Reger, praised The W for “making the vital work of caring for collections and sites a priority of their institution, even in these challenging financial times, and helping ensure that they are available to present and future generations.”

CAP provides a general conservation assessment of the archives’ collections and historic buildings. Professional conservators will spend two days surveying the site and three days preparing comprehensive reports that will identify conservation priorities. The on-site consultation will enable the MUW Archives to evaluate its current collections care policies, procedures, and environmental conditions.

The assessment reports will help the archives make appropriate improvements for the immediate, mid-range, and long-range care of their collections and historic structures. The MUW Archives expects to gain valuable insight into its preservation strategies from participating in CAP.

Derek Webb, The W’s archivist, said, “Participating in CAP is a great opportunity for us. The feedback we get from the conservators will help us take better care of our precious holdings and even make us more competitive for grants. We’re very grateful to Heritage Preservation and IMLS.”

The W archives is located in the Orr building annex on campus and specializes in materials documenting the history and legacy of the university. It is open by appointment from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Heritage Preservation is a national non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of the United States. By identifying risks, developing innovative programs and providing broad public access to expert advice, Heritage Preservation assists museums, libraries, archives, historic preservation and other organizations, as well as individuals, in caring for its endangered heritage. To learn more about Heritage Preservation, please visit www.heritagepreservation.org.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. The Institute proves leadership through research, policy development, and grant making. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.

Sept. 9, 2013




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