The mission of California Lutheran University is to educate leaders for a global society who are strong in character and judgment, confident in their identity and vocation, and committed to service and justice.
In accordance with the mission of Cal Lutheran, the Graduate School of Education seeks to develop reflective, principled educators who STRIVE to:
- Serve as mentors and models for moral and ethical leadership
- Think critically to connect theory with practice
- Respect all individuals
- Include and respond to the needs of all learners
- Value diversity
- Empower individuals to participate in educational growth and change
Unlike some mission statements, STRIVE is authentically integrated into the lives of both students and faculty in the Graduate School of Education. This devotion to basic principles is one of the things that set Cal Lutheran’s graduates apart.
We continually strive to put this vision into ACTION through engagement in:
- Active learning
- Collaboration and connections
- Technology supported learning
- Inquiry and critical examination
- Ongoing reflection and development
- Nexus of theory, research and practice
Serve as mentors and models for moral and ethical leadership
We believe that we have the moral responsibility to lead, guide, and educate the young. Teaching is an honorable vocation that demands a high level of committed service.
We strive to prepare reflective, principled educators who understand the moral purpose and dimension of the educational endeavor. These educators mentor, model, and educate with care, commitment, and purpose. They demonstrate knowledge, skills, character, and ethical perspectives needed for effective leadership and practice in a global society.
Think critically to connect theory with practice
We believe that theory and practice are integrally related. Theory both informs and is informed by practice that is researched, examined, and tested in a critical, thoughtful manner.
We strive to prepare reflective, principled educators who clearly understand and articulate their roles and responsibilities as educators, but continue to examine and extend their own practice. They value theory and employ critical, reflective thinking for the purposes of solving problems, making decisions, facilitating change, and producing new knowledge and understandings about their work.
Respect all individuals
We believe that all individuals have worth and should be treated with dignity and respect.
We strive to prepare reflective, principled educators who care about their students and seek to understand and build on the strengths, understandings, abilities, perspectives, and styles of learning that each individual brings to the educational endeavor.
Include and respond to the needs of all learners
We believe that all individuals can learn. It is our responsibility to understand students and their needs and to organize meaningful learning opportunities in response to those needs.
We strive to prepare reflective, principled educators who commit to developing, using, and promoting positive growth and development for each individual while respecting and understanding differing contributions of all members of the learning community. These educators commit to service and justice for all.
We believe that diversity brings opportunities to the learning environment. Students bring a rich variety of family backgrounds, languages, cultures, religious beliefs, and learning styles to the classroom and the school community.
We strive to prepare reflective, principled educators who are secure in their own identities, who acknowledge their own predispositions, biases, and limitations, and are open to engage in dialogue and examine ideas that may be new or unfamiliar. They actively incorporate their student's background and experience into learning opportunities and activities.
Empower individuals to participate in educational growth and change
We believe in the need to create schools that are purposeful, moral, and successful learning communities.
We strive to prepare reflective, principled educators who enable and equip individuals and communities for renewal, growth, and positive change. They seek self-growth as they clarify their own knowledge, vision, and understanding. They work collectively and through others to transform their schools and their organizations.