This global vision is founded upon and made explicit by our four
core values which is the College of Education Conceptual
The Appreciation of Diversity and Similarity
We value richness in experiences, values, beliefs,
and backgrounds. Our faculty, staff, and candidates, as well
as our school and community colleagues, come from ethnically and
culturally diverse populations. Candidates and faculty at
Butler engage in the development of a global perspective on human
development, teaching and learning. Diversity is increased by
Butler's dynamic and newly developed program in which our campus is
expanded through technology so that our candidates and faculty
interact with people and programs around the world.
- Candidates have a defined set of values and principles and
demonstrate behaviors, attitudes, and skills that enable them to
work effectively in a culturally and linguistically responsive
manner with all members of the educational community.
- Candidates integrate multiple perspectives of cultural and
individual differences into their professional practices, 1) by
implementing instructional and assessment strategies that value
cultural and individual differences, 2) by communicating in a
culturally responsive and respectful manner and 3) by fostering a
classroom environment that embraces cultural and individual
differences and similarities.
- Candidates demonstrate the capacity to engage in
self-reflection, support actions and advocate for the equity of
opportunity and services for all students.
The Excitement of Teaching, Learning, and
We value dedicated, knowledgeable
professionals who demonstrate a passion for children and
learning. To this end, our candidates are immersed in the
literature of our liberal arts tradition and develop deep, diverse
conceptual grounding in educational theory. Our candidates
learn to think critically and are not afraid to ask difficult and
challenging questions. The faculty and school partners mentor
the College of Education candidates so that they become caring,
competent, and committed educators who inspire learners and respond
sensitively to their needs. We practice what we teach.
- Candidates demonstrate breadth and depth of content
knowledge with connections to
other areas of
- Candidates plan, teach, and assess developmentally appropriate
content in multiple ways for diverse learners.
- Candidates facilitate instruction so that it results in
positive social interaction.
- Candidates develop caring and respectful relationships within a
community of learning.
- Candidates communicate effectively with students, parents, and
other members of the learning community.
- Candidates serve as an advocate for students, the school
community, and the profession of education.
The Challenge of Integrated Practice and
We value the development of knowledge and the examination of
thoughts, values and practical experiences. Our programs
integrate theory and practice in order to continuously improve and
enhance Butler University candidates' performance as pre-service
teachers, practicing teachers, counselors, or administrators.
This is most effectively accomplished in a personal context which
leads us to develop programs that emphasize positive and satisfying
relationships among all in the College of Education and with our
P-12 school and community sites. Butler graduates are noted
for their on-going professional ties with other Butler alumni,
former professors, and the entire Butler community and for their
willingness to collaborate with other professionals worldwide.
- Candidates will combine content knowledge, pedagogical
knowledge, and best practices to provide clear and coherent and
measurable instruction according to students' needs.
- Candidates utilize a variety of instructional techniques and
resources that are appropriate for the development of knowledge and
the examination of thoughts, values, and practical
- Candidates' questions are of uniformly high quality, with
adequate time for students to respond thoughtfully.
Candidates seek opportunities to help students formulate their own
- Candidates are aware of and question personal values and how
those values influence knowledge and teaching practices.
- Candidates' response to students and colleagues is proactive
and sensitive to individual needs and personal context.
The Strength of Integrity and Responsibility
We value the integrity and responsibility shown by true
professionals. High levels of integrity and responsibility
are expected in all of our daily encounters: in courses,
field experiences, and daily interactions. Through a specific
focus on College of Education identified dispositions, key courses
in our programs foster an expectation of high ethical standards for
the sake of the children and communities we serve. Butler graduates
are known not only for their knowledge and proficiency, but also
for the strength of their character.
- Candidates model enthusiasm for teaching and learning.
- Candidates make standards of conduct clear to all students and
consistently enforce them in a fair and respectful manner.
- Candidates seek and utilize feedback and suggestions from a
variety of sources, including students and colleagues.
- Candidates make a thoughtful and accurate self assessment of
professional practices and make adjustments accordingly.
- Candidates have good rapport with all P-20 school and community
- Candidates work to their highest potential in all academic and
- Candidates understand and actively engage in the flow and trend
of emerging technology to remain current.
- Candidates employ consistent and creative use of technology to
- Candidates use technology to improve their efficiency.
- Candidates use technology to support their ongoing professional