About the College of Education


The College of Education (COE) embraces the mission of Pacific University and its commitment to the liberal arts and sciences as it seeks to prepare aspiring and practicing educators to promote and nurture learners' intellectual, ethical, social, and emotional growth within a learning community committed to equity and diversity. The key elements of our teacher education program are embodied in the following phrase: "Transforming education through communities of learners, with a focus on promoting cultural competence, creating student-centered classrooms, and enhancing learning through technology." As a result we infuse the following values into our programs:

Transforming Education Through Communities of Learners

The faculty of the College of Education value:

  • Professional educators who, as reflective practitioners, continually study theory, research, practice, and available resources as they strive to improve the effectiveness of their teaching.
  • Participation of educators as leaders and agents of change in the education profession within and beyond the University.
  • Modeling of ethical behavior by professional educators in their classrooms and in their communities.
  • Education as a lifelong process for learners of all ages and backgrounds.
  • Modeling by professional educators of an inquisitive attitude and enjoyment of intellectual pursuits.
  • Professional educators who are confident, energetic and both physically and mentally healthy.

Promoting Cultural Competence

The faculty of the College of Education value:

  • A commitment by professional educators to respect humanity in all its diversity.
  • Professional educators who believe that all students can learn and who assume responsibility in furthering that learning.
  • Professional educators who interact constructively with students and their parents as well as colleagues, administrators, other school personnel, and the community - to achieve both instructional and relational goals.
  • professional educators as keen observers of the learner, family, community and environment who use that data to the extent possible when planning instruction.

Creating Student-Centered Classrooms

The faculty of the College of Education value:

  • Professional educators who understand the subject(s) being taught and appreciate how knowledge in that subject is created, organized, linked to other disciplines and applied in real-world settings.
  • Educational environments that provide opportunities for developing and sharpening intellectual, analytical and reflective abilities.
  • Promotion by professional educators of intellectual independence and active, responsible learning.
  • Professional educators who exhibit the energy, drive, and determination to make their school and classroom the best possible environment for teaching and learning.

Enhancing Learning Through Technology

The faculty of the College of Education value:

  • Professional educators who utilize a range of instructional resources and technology tools to support learning
  • Professional educators who have the skills of technology literacy as described in the National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers (NETS-T)

The COE offers programs leading to a master's degree, an undergraduate education major and licensure program, and non-degree programs for teachers who wish to add endorsements and/or authorizations to existing licenses. The majority of students seek an Oregon Initial Teaching License through one of these programs. Programs are offered at two Pacific University campuses (Eugene and Forest Grove) during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

We actively work with school district partners in many Oregon school districts, most notably those in a 50-mile proximity of our Eugene and Forest Grove campuses. As we seek to meet the needs of a rapidly changing world we partner with many organizations. We are institutional members of the American Association for Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), Oregon Latino Administrators Association (OALA), the Oregon Independent College Association (OICA), the Oregon Association of Teacher Educators (OACTE), and founding partners of the Lane County Teacher Pathways program. Our faculty members are leaders in many state and national discipline-based organizations: International Reading Association (IRA); National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM); National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS); National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC); National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET); American Educational Research.