Learn more about the mission, vision and values of the Saint Louis University School
The mission of the School of Education is the preparation of undergraduate and graduate
students for professions to serve as reflective practitioners and leaders in partnership
with and for the human community. The School is dedicated to the pursuit of truth
and to excellence in all academic pursuits. It embraces innovative learning through
commitment to diversity and social justice guided by the spiritual and intellectual
ideas of the Jesuit tradition. The School advances the University’s mission by research
and service to family, school, community and government.
(SOE Policies and Procedures, 2016)
We live our mission through a variety of academic and outreach programs including the Billiken Teacher Corps and the PRiME Center. Students, education practitioners and parents find opportunities and resources in
these programs, often while simultaneously opening themselves up to communities that
they may not otherwise have experienced.
Inspired by the Jesuit conviction that the world is good and human beings can make
it a better place for all to live and grow, the School of Education educates, guides
and transforms individuals and communities through its teaching, research and community
(SOE Policies and Procedures, 2016)
We put our vision into action through the creation of The Interdisciplinary Center for Autism Services, which provides graduate students, under faculty guidance, valuable clinical experience
as they prepare for their future careers while providing high-quality assessments
for families in the St. Louis metropolitan area. Our newly designed Master of Arts in Education Principles and Practices also exemplifies our vision by serving teachers and leaders working in schools as
well as educational advocates who work in out-of-school contexts.
We affirm the heart of our work is care for the whole person: students, faculty, staff,
alumni and community. Individual and communal well-being, as well as a sense of belonging,
are critical to the collective work of the School of Education. We are committed to
modeling compassion, kindness, grace, trust, inclusiveness, humility and transparency
toward each individual.
Rooted in the Jesuit mission, Cura Personalis extends beyond academics, and promotes
the development of the mental, physical, and spiritual growth of each person, including
one’s self, with the intention of impacting the broader community and contributing
to the greater good.
Trust and Integrity
We believe that all persons can flourish when trust is cultivated. We engage in ongoing
communication as a School of Education with humility, openness and empathy as individuals
and in community with one another. We commit to living out our shared values with
integrity by being courageous, honest, transparent and just for the greater good.
We regard advancing equity-minded transformation as a collective moral imperative.
We endeavor to examine our own biases and the ways in which our words and actions
impact others and direct our gifts and opportunities to advance racial and socioeconomic
equality in our communities and beyond. Acknowledging our history, we strive to humbly
engage our community to inclusively and steadfastly pursue greater social justice
for all in both action and thought, recognizing and fighting to dismantle the myriad
instances of institutional and systemic oppression deliberately embedded in our shared
society, for the greater good.
Growth and Transformation
We prioritize continuous individual and collective growth and improvement in all aspects
of our daily lives. We commit to building relationships, learning, service, teaching,
research and leadership for the purpose of transforming education, now and in the
future, for the greater good.
We commit to the development of the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to
transform society through education. Through the synergy between scholarship, research
and practice, all members of our community engage in reflection to deepen the understanding
of our own learning to advance mission-driven action for the greater good.
We live our values through an innovative partnership with the St. Louis Public Schools. This partnership has given us the opportunity to support the data analytic needs
of the district, as well as to provide classroom teachers through our Master of Arts in Teaching alternative certification program.