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UNO College of Education

Strategic Plan


The College of Education’s philosophy and purpose are grounded in the central principles identified by the faculty for preparing graduates who are dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens. Each of these central principles focus on the knowledge, skills, and dispositions associated with each principle.
Mission Statement:
The College of Education (COE) at the University of Nebraska at Omaha celebrates and embraces its unique metropolitan mission to prepare dedicated professionals committed to excellence in education and human development. Our candidates acquire the knowledge, skills, and dispositions of leaders ready to fulfill critical roles in shaping the future of their communities. COE provides resources and opportunities for the growth and development of dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens through a wide variety of academic programs. Through these programs we foster a climate that encourages, supports, and challenges our candidates by:

  • Providing initial preparation in teaching, recreation, exercise science, athletic training, health, and library science consistent with standards in the professions;
  • Providing advanced preparation in school administration, counseling, teaching, library science, speech-language pathology, and mental and physical health consistent with standards in the professions;
  • Applying principles of learning and assessment through a variety of tools and technologies;
  • Utilizing new and emerging technologies to support the teaching-learning process;
  • Building creative and critical thinking skills to encourage reflective practice and lifelong learning;
  • Engaging candidates in basic and applied research on campus and in the community;
  • Challenging candidates to address issues of social justice and become agents of change;
  • Engaging candidates in dynamic and culturally rich service and learning experiences on campus and in the community;
  • Identifying knowledge bases that value diversity and incorporate urban and global perspectives; and
  • Modeling and communicating high standards of professional and ethical behavior.


Vision Statement:

Providing Leadership for Positive Change in 21st Century Communities

The UNO College of Education embraces its unique metropolitan mission of inspiring exemplary professionals to become dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars and responsible citizens who provide leadership for positive change in 21st century communities.

We offer affordable, inclusive and dynamic learning opportunities that place students at the center, provide high quality educational programs and actively engage in the community. Students may select from programs in:

  • Counseling
  • Educational Administration and Supervision
  • Health, Physical Education and Recreation
  • Special Education and Communication Disorders, and
  • Teacher Education.

Strategic Goals:

  1. Identify and implement alternative course design & delivery approaches that reflect evidence based best practices.
  2. Align field experiences with program goals and deliver with more consistency and recognition for effectiveness and efficiency, for students, community partners, and the college.
  3. Incorporate a continuing professional development plan at the end of the program which identifies candidate goals as dedicated practitioners, reflective scholars, and responsible citizens.
  4. Develop and implement a comprehensive sustainable real-time assessment system that allows us to model assessment practices for students.
  5. Share, honor,  and promote research and creative activities internally and externally.
  6. Increase candidates’ knowledge and understanding of teaching students who are different from themselves (culturally responsive teaching).
  7. Emphasize the personal and professional dispositions that support effective classrooms and workplaces.
  8. Recruit and retain a diverse student body and faculty who are committed to working in high need areas.
  9. Increase personal knowledge and presence in P-12 schools and in the community.
  10. Communicate the Mission & Vision of the College.