Mount Vernon Nazarene University: Life Changing

Mission & Vision

Mission of the Unit

The mission of the Teacher Education Unit is to prepare, in a Christian context, competent educators who are compassionate servant leaders committed to life-long learning and professional competence in diverse educational settings. The aim and commitment is to provide the highest quality of education based on the principles of God's word, to educate the whole person as God created us, thus strengthening the mind, body, and soul. To this end, we offer a variety of rigorous academic programs that blend research findings with exemplary practice. Programs are designed to prepare undergraduate and graduate candidates for careers in teaching students in pre-school through grade twelve.

Vision of the Unit

The stated vision of the unit at MVNU is to create a community of life-long learners engaged in building compassion, competence, and commitment to humanity. This vision is lived out through positive interactions among community members.

The community includes all MVNU faculty, staff, administrators, and students. We desire to provide conditions within this community in which communication is strong. Communication among community members is critical for compassion, competence, and commitment to occur. Community members need to be able to trust, respect, care, and support each other. As we work together we can:

share knowledge as we seek academic excellence to become compassionate, competent, and committed educators, and
share with others, orienting ourselves to service, thus realizing the mission of MVNU summarized in the motto, "To Seek to Learn is to Seek to Serve."

We are dedicated to producing compassionate, competent, and committed teachers. We expect our candidates to be successful in their endeavors to obtain the license for which they prepared, and to find desired employment. It is also our desire for candidates, in both initial licensure and advanced degree programs, to become leaders in the profession, in the church and in the community.


MVNU candidates are compassionate toward the students they serve. They respect the individuality of the students they teach, building an environment of trust. Candidates advocate for social justice and equity to participate in transforming communities consistent with a Christian worldview.

Competence is the process of developing teachers as a whole person with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that help them meet the needs of each learner. Candidates are reflective, utilizing interpersonal abilities while responding with flexibility and professional judgment to diverse experiences and the needs of all learners. Candidates use technology to support the teaching and learning process.

MVNU candidates are committed to actively searching for opportunities so all students experience success in the classroom. Candidates are reflective regarding the role they play in their students' learning. Candidates are committed to professional development, leadership, and life long learning.

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