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Our Vision and Mission


Through innovative research, teaching, and service across the life span, the School of Education strives to advance the well-being of individuals, schools, and communities to:

• promote personal and professional opportunities for our learning communities.

• disrupt and transform inequitable educational and organizational systems and structures.

• shape the future of education policy and practice.

• equip educators and leaders to facilitate and strengthen democratic principles, processes, and institutions.

• address the workforce education, organizational, and counseling needs across Colorado and beyond.

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The School of Education engages in meaningful research and teaching, preparing transformational leaders, educators, researchers, and practitioners to be change agents throughout the lifespan, addressing learning, equity, and wellbeing in individuals, schools, communities, and organizations.

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A message from Interim Director Mary Pedersen

The School of Education at Colorado State University shapes the future of Colorado and beyond by preparing teachers, counselors, leaders, and scholars through transformative and research-based programs. In the School, we embrace the land-grant mission of access and equity, as we prepare the next generation to meet the evolving needs of the state of Colorado, the nation, and the world. Our faculty are experts in their fields and have a steadfast commitment to student success. I invite you to learn more about our programs and how you can impact people through the power of education. Go Rams!

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The School of Education engages in a variety of diversity-related projects, programs, and opportunities that are of interest to faculty members and students alike. Learn more about our resources and commitment to diversity.

Become part of a group to share your interests and find new and exciting ways to get more involved while at CSU. Students build lifelong friendships and connections with people in their clubs and organizations.

Our program prepares you to be a highly qualified teacher, superintendent, principal, or another leadership position in education with skills to direct educational programs, become a facilitator of educational change, and implement new approaches to solving the problems confronting education.

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