School Mission and Standards

College of Education Mission

The mission of Purdue University Calumet’s College of Education, in collaboration with other professional educators and agencies, is to prepare and support education professionals and related specialists who:

  • apply the appropriate knowledge, dispositions, and performances in developing diverse approaches to educational strategies that are constructive, consistent and reflective of sound practice;
  • are prepared to use current research, knowledge, and technology to empower the people they serve;
  • are sensitive and responsive to the unique needs of themselves, of others, and of the diverse society in which they practice;
  • are advocates for and models of quality education and lifelong learning.

The College faculty is committed to providing the human and technological resources to enable students and themselves to develop as educational professionals in constructing knowledge, developing practice, and fostering relationships.

College of Education Conceptual Framework

“Constructing knowledge” refers to the process by which individuals make meaning of professional information and develop personal theories about teaching, learning and human development. Individuals construct knowledge through structured educational activities and life experiences.

“Developing practice” refers to both the process by which education professionals improve how they do their job as well as to the process of developing and growing as reflective professional practitioners.

“Fostering relationships” refers to the development of those dispositions necessary to create mutually beneficial connections among people and educational institutions and organizations.

Please click here to read more about our Conceptual Framework

Graduate Studies General Standards

Each program has adopted its own set of standards, which can be found at the individual program sites within this site, at both the Graduate Studies in Education pages and the Department of Teacher Preparation pages. In addition, the Graduate Studies in Education Department also implements a set of general standards, whose attainment is required by all candidates.

Instructional Uses of Technology

“The graduate understands the central concepts related to educational technology, and can effectively and appropriately implement this technology into classroom preparation and instruction”

Individuals with Special Needs

“The graduate understands various learning and physical disabilities, how these may be manifested in learning situations, and how to adapt instruction to ensure success for all individuals.”


“The graduate understands the nature of diversity in the human community, how cultural and gender differences can affect learning, and how to create a learning environment that protects the individuality and dignity of all learners.”


“The graduate uses knowledge of appropriate verbal, nonverbal, and written communication in preparing instructional materials and can effectively communicate with all stakeholders within the professional community.”

Educational Research

“The graduate understands current trends in educational research and can critically examine this research in relationship to his/her profession.”

Community Collaboration

“The graduate understands the dynamics of educational, geographic, and/or school communities; can effectively participate within these communities; and fosters an environment that respects all individuals.”

Content Knowledge

“The graduate understands that professional decisions must be made based on a thorough knowledge foundation that includes theories, skills, organizational structures and cultures, societal needs, legal foundations, learning theory, research techniques, and many others. This solid knowledge base will result in a decision-making process that is reasoned, accurate, and competent.”

Teacher Preparation Standards

The Teacher Preparation program is based on the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards, which can be viewed in their entirety at the INTASC website, You may also download the core standards and review the knowledges, dispositions, and performances associated with each of the ten INTASC principles by downloading the following file: INTASC Core Standards (PDF).

Our curriculum and the Teacher Preparation Standards also relate to the Indiana Academic Standards