“Knowledge Brings Us Together”
Building Community While
Constructing Knowledge to Serve a Pluralistic Society
The College of Education and Psychology (COEP) includes the undergraduate Education and Psychology and graduate Education programs.
Heritage University, according to its mission statement, strives to provide a quality education for multicultural populations that have not traditionally had access to higher education. It was the need for such access, and the desire to create an environment in which individuals could develop their human potential and a sense of empowerment, that brought people together to create the institution. The goal for students of the COEP is personal transformation within a supportive, pluralistic community of learners, which will result in improvement in the community at large. Implied within its mission statement and the university’s motto, “Knowledge Brings Us Together,” are the valuing of a richly diverse learning community, active engagement in the learning process, and the continuing development of a just and pluralistic society through service.
The College of Education and Psychology, including the certification programs for teachers, education administrators, and school counselors, has devised a conceptual framework to guide the development and ongoing improvement of its programs. Flowing from the mission statement and motto of the university, as well as a knowledge base reflecting research-based models of best practice, faculty of the college have expressed the heart of the conceptual framework in the following statement: “Knowledge brings us together: Building community while constructing knowledge enables us to serve a pluralistic society.”