Mission and Standards
The mission of Purdue University Northwest’s School of Counseling and Professional Education, in collaboration with other professional educators and agencies, is to prepare and support education professionals and related specialists who:
- apply the appropriate knowledge, dispositions, and performances in developing diverse approaches to educational strategies that are constructive, consistent and reflective of sound practice;
- are prepared to use current research, knowledge, and technology to empower the people they serve;
- are sensitive and responsive to the unique needs of themselves, of others, and of the diverse society in which they practice;
- are advocates for and models of quality education and lifelong learning.
The faculty is committed to providing the human and technological resources to enable students and themselves to develop as educational professionals in constructing knowledge, developing practice, and fostering relationships.
- The Teacher Preparation program is based on the Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (INTASC) standards, which can be viewed in their entirety at the INTASC website. You may also download the core standards and review the knowledges, dispositions, and performances associated with each of the ten INTASC principles by downloading the following file: INTASC Core Standards (PDF).
- Our curriculum and the Teacher Preparation Standards also relate to the Indiana Academic Standards
The Educator Preparation Provider at Purdue University Northwest is currently accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) the new, sole specialized accreditor for educator preparation. This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs for PNW. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that we offer to P-12 educators for professional development, relicensure, or other purposes.
The mission of CAEP is accountability and improvement of educator preparation. The accreditation process establishes rigorous standards for educator preparation programs, holds accredited institutions accountable for providing continuous evidence of meeting these standards, and encourages unaccredited schools to demonstrate the quality of their programs by working for and achieving professional accreditation.