Mission Statement & History

The mission of the Professional Education Unit for Teacher Education at Concord University is to prepare professional educators who are informed and thoughtful decision-makers capable of teaching a wide array of students and specializations in culturally diverse settings. The Professional Education Unit strives to provide all teacher candidates the knowledge and skills necessary to become effective teachers by offering the highest quality instruction and programs utilizing all available resources efficiently and effectively. The Graduate Program strives to further develop and enhance the knowledge base of the practicing professional. As individuals progress though the graduate curriculum, the improvement and refinement of professional knowledge bases, reflective analysis of practice, and judgment making capabilities are enhanced and refined.

The Professional Education Unit collaborates with representatives from public schools, professional groups, government, and other programs within the University to prepare educators and to cooperate in the development of educational policies. The Professional Education Unit also strives for the improvement of education at the local, state, regional, and national levels in that the improvement of schooling results in a more literate and enlightened citizenry. This in turn contributes to the proliferation of democratic values and enhances our position in the global economy.

Concord University was chartered as Concord State Normal School in 1872 for the purpose of preparing teachers for public schools. The name was changed to Concord State Teachers College in l931. In 1943, the name was changed to Concord College to reflect a transformation of the institution to a liberal arts college. In the summer of 2002 Concord was granted approval for the offering of graduate courses on a limited basis. Full approval of the graduate program was granted in August, 2003. The development of a graduate program was in alignment with the overall mission to serve southern West Virginia and to provide a quality program for the practicing professionals in the region. In 2004, the name was changed to Concord University.

The preparation of teachers continues to play a significant role at Concord University as approximately twenty-five percent of the students who graduate each year earn degrees in education. This history of commitment to teacher education combined with a current mission statement that emphasizes high quality instruction creates a context of high expectations for the teacher education program at Concord University. In response to that challenge, the Professional Education Unit began an extensive effort at program articulation and development. This effort included faculty, students, administration, and public school professionals who came together in a spirit of collaboration to read, discuss, and write about their vision of the ideal teacher education program for Concord University.

This collaboration led to the articulation of The Informed and Thoughtful Decision-Maker (ITD-M) conceptual framework. The ITD-M concept establishes a common language that faculty, students, and public school professionals use when considering program design and the complexities of teaching. The ITD-M concept provides the framework for curricular and instructional development of the teacher education program at Concord University. This concept continues to be the overall guiding philosophy for the graduate program. The primary shift occurs in the level of complexity, sophistication, and expectations that are demanded at the graduate level.

The Teacher Education program offers opportunities for students to obtain both a bachelor and master's degree in education. We pride ourselves on producing informed and thoughtful decision makers.

Last updated on Oct 12, 2011. Originally created on Sep 27, 2010. Report incorrect information.