Mission, Vision, & Conceptual Framework
The College of Education and Social Work (CESW) prepares highly-skilled and ethical professionals to become fair-minded critical thinkers and change agents who act with integrity in the pursuit of knowledge and strive for excellence within their professions. The CESW fosters a culture of reflection, evidenced-based practices, intellectual discourse, and respect for human diversity. CESW empowers students to make a significant impact on the world to improve individual and family lives and strengthening educational, health or community systems.
The West Chester University College of Education and Social Work embraces a transformative vision of learning as a life-long endeavor. We will be a leader in preparing professionals who advance social justice and address the contemporary challenges of a global society.
The Conceptual Framework definitions will be posted soon.
The Mission and Vision of The College of Education and Social Work provide an integrated framework for teaching, learning, and professional behaviors. The Mission, which is the core of the Conceptual Framework for each Educator Preparation Program (EPP), is accomplished through:
- Teaching: We value excellence in our academic and instructional pursuits. We are committed to applying research and theory in practice facilitated through meaningful engagement with Candidates.
- Applied Practice: We believe in engaging our Candidates in educational settings that allow them to learn by the direct hands-on application of theory, skills, concepts, and models in real-world experiences.
- Research and Scholarship: We believe in engaging Candidates in scholarly excellence and research that contributes to the field of education, schools, and communities.
- Service: We believe meaningful learning occurs when Candidates engage in personal and professional development in serving the needs of others.
- Local and Global Partnerships: We commit to working cooperatively in establishing meaningful partnerships with P-12 educational systems as well as university, local, and national communities to improve the educational outcomes, economic vitality, and well-being of everyone.
- Leadership: We believe in fostering the leadership skills of all Candidates.
- Innovative Practice: We believe in creating innovative experiences and approaches to advance new knowledge, solve problems, and improve our practice.
- Ethics and Values: We strive to uphold the highest ethical standards and strive for personal and professional integrity.
This framework and methods of delivery guides the work in each EPP. In fulfilling its mission, the EPP educates Candidates who are:
- Lifelong Learners who have an enduring purpose to become a better professional with high expectations for themselves and others.
- Scholars who actively engage with the discovery of new knowledge or broaden and deepen existing knowledge, and apply knowledge to affect improvement.
- Evidence-Based Decision Makers who use data-driven facts and intellectual standards to make informed decisions.
- Reflective and Skilled Practitioners who have the ability to analyze, assess, and revise practice in light of students' performance, learning theory, research, and constructive feedback.
- Social Justice Advocates who have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions to confront social inequality and promote equity within their sphere of influence (Adams, 2010).
- Innovators of Applied Technology who have the ability to use and leverage technology to address the needs of all learners.
Developing professional behaviors is essential to the EPPs. The EPPs take pride in developing the Professional Dispositions and Requirements essential to the professional field. The EPPs are committed to Candidates. Our programs not only educate Candidates, but they monitor those behaviors and provide strategic support as Candidates matriculate though their program.
The Conceptual Framework definitions will be posted soon.
The mission and vision is accomplished through the following methods of delivery:
- Teaching: We incorporate the latest evidence-based knowledge for theory, practice, research, and policy methods into our interactive pedagogy and in accordance with the Educational Policies and Standards of the Council on Social Work Education.
- Applied Practice: Through case-based learning activities and competency-based classroom simulations, students learn to apply their academic knowledge, values, and skills in practice at their generalist and specialized year social work field practica. Field education, social work’s signature pedagogy, strengthens the applied knowledge and skill sets of our students while contributing to the dynamic multi-level needs of the region.
- Research and Scholarship: We are committed to training our students in research-informed practice and practice-informed research inclusive of community-based participatory research, program evaluation, and service delivery improvement efforts. We critically educate students by being engaged in research-informed practice and practice-informed research and by bringing scholarship into the classroom.
- Local and Global Partnerships: We develop sustainable and mutually beneficial regional and global partnerships with diverse interdisciplinary agencies working with vulnerable populations. These partnerships include student field placements, coalition or advisory board service, consultant relationships, community-based participatory research projects, volunteerism, and study abroad opportunities.
- Leadership: We lead by example by becoming leaders in university and social work professional organizations and by bringing leadership experiences back into the classroom. We enhance students’ leadership capacity through mentorship, classroom activities, graduate assistantships, and creation of opportunities for cultivating leadership skills through on-campus and off-campus service.
- Service: We are called by our Code of Ethics to promote the general social welfare of the society by extending our knowledge and skill set to empower and build capacity within the community. Through service, we advocate for equitable social conditions for all.
- Innovative Practice: We develop and offer elective coursework and workforce training in cutting-edge and emerging areas of practice across the micro to macro continuum preparing our students to meet the demands of the ever-changing 21st century social work profession.
- Ethics and Values: In accordance with the National Association of Social Workers’ Code of Ethics, we model social work values of human dignity and worth and uphold high ethical standards in our engagement with students and the community.
The methods of delivery guide our work in fulfilling our mission in educating students that are:
- Lifelong Learners who practice cultural responsiveness, seek opportunities for professional growth, and become change agents to advance human rights and social justice on the micro, mezzo, and macro levels of society
- Scholars who promote best practices with individuals, families, and communities by working in partnership with stakeholders on the assessment, intervention, and evaluation of practice efforts.
- Evidence-Based Decision Makers who seek and utilize evidence-based knowledge to inform practice decisions and to advocate with individuals, families, and communities for multi-level change.
- Reflective and Skilled Practitioners who are authentically committed to ongoing professional growth through self-assessment, continuing education, and the evaluation of practice processes and outcomes.
- Social Justice Advocates who collaborate with individuals, families, and communities to advance human rights and promote social justice at all social system levels.
- Innovators of Applied Technology who understand the impact of technology and social media on society; and utilize online applications and resources to advance social work practice and advocacy efforts.