The College of Education is an international leader in innovative research and the preparation of scholars and lifelong learning leaders in two signature areas critical to an increasingly complex and global society: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and cultural and linguistic diversity. Through our research and professional preparation, we contribute to the development of a literate citizenry prepared to be engaged, reflective, creative, and caring members of their communities, as well as the world.
The College of Education develops multi-culturally competent researchers, scholars, learning leaders and practitioners who make a difference by promoting innovation, social justice, and lifelong learning with a focus on STEM and cultural and linguistic diversity. Our research and professional preparation fosters scholarship, intellectual stimulation, openness, flexibility, and a sense of community.
Values and Beliefs
- We believe that the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge in STEM disciplines must be situated in a context of social justice that acknowledges and embraces cultural and linguistic diversity.
- We value a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach to research and to teaching learners of all ages and cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
- Our programs are informed by research and our research is informed by our practice as educators.
- Conduct research that fosters a deeper understanding of STEM learning across the lifespan.
- Conduct research that furthers our understanding of the impact of cultural and linguistic diversity in a global society.
- Work with the Cascades Campus and in partnership with colleagues across the campus including those in OSU’s proposed Center for Research in Lifelong STEM Learning and Center for Teaching and Learning to infuse our research and academic programs with interdisciplinary and multicultural approaches to learning.
- Work collaboratively with colleagues across Oregon and the nation in school districts, community colleges, free-choice learning institutions, community-based organizations, and other national centers such as the Center for the Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE) based in Washington, DC.
- Expand our capacity to meet the needs of learners of all ages who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.