Vision

The department will embody a diversity of ideas, practices, and scholarship to foster a community of intellectual curiosity, teaching excellence, and dedicated service.

Mission

The Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations, and Secondary Education is dedicated to preparing students to make a difference through…

  • Engagement in and service to diverse schools, organizations and communities from the local to the global;
  • Powerful opportunities to apply and expand learning in diverse environments;
  • Rigorous coursework and meaningful research

We prepare our students to meet the challenges of an increasingly diverse and complex world as confident, competent and informed educational leaders and joyful lifelong learners. Our graduates serve and lead in many capacities including as secondary school educators in English, Math, Science, Social Studies, as K-12 educators for English Language Learners and Academically or Intellectually Gifted students, and as Instructional Technology leaders in K-12 schools, business, and higher education.

Statement Reaffirming our Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

The Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations, and Secondary Education reaffirms its mission to “prepare our students to meet the challenges of an increasingly diverse and complex world as confident, competent, and informed educational leaders and joyful lifelong learners.” Given recent reported incidents of harassment on campus, we reassure our students, colleagues, and community partners that we remain dedicated to creating spaces of intellectual dialogue where students, faculty and staff can be affirmed and supported in working through productive tensions that come with encounters with diverse worldviews.  The future vibrancy of our community relies on the continued value we place in the power of cross-cultural experiences that will inevitably include challenges to one’s opinions and beliefs, and aspire to work from a place of hope and possibility rather than fear and divisiveness. To this end, we remain fundamentally committed to nurturing our students’ capacity to engage in debate, to question, and to reconsider with mutual respect and care.     

We ask students in the Department of Instructional Technology, Foundations, and Secondary Education to consider our diversity values as expressed in Watson College of Education Conceptual Framework: “Recognizing and utilizing the value of difference is a requisite to maximize human development.” We also urge our university community to see in this moment the possibility of political awakening, engagement and direct participation in shaping the quality of education and life at the local level. It is incumbent upon all of us working in the remarkable field that education is, to be informed, immersed, and committed to making all learning and teaching spaces more democratic and large in their capacity to include, engage and challenge.

Harassment is not tolerated. Please refer to Harassment Prevention Policy listed on UNCW Code of Student Life.