The unit designs, implements, and evaluates curriculum and experiences for candidates to acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to help all students learn. These experiences include working with diverse higher education and school faculty, diverse candidates, and diverse students in P12 schools.
Sonoma State University and its six Schools, including the School of Education (SOE), are thoughtfully and consciously committed to diversity (Table 4.3.a-j) in the social and academic life of the University, its programs, faculty, staff, and students. The SOE clearly articulates proficiencies and dispositions that demonstrate these commitments in the unit’s Conceptual Framework, which the faculty in the SOE revised 2007 and reaffirmed in 2008. Three of the seven Performance Expectations and four of the six Dispositions of the Conceptual Framework are explicitly focused on one or more aspects of diversity. These elements are embedded throughout course work and field experiences as evidenced in individual program matrices (Table 4.3.a-j). Each program develops curriculum that provide a well-grounded framework for understanding diversity, including English language learners, gender, sexual orientation, students from low-income backgrounds, and students with exceptionalities and the impact these variables have on teaching and learning.