Mission Statement

Our Mission

Located on Treaty 6 territory, the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta respects and honors the diverse histories, languages, cultures, and experiences of First Nations, Métis, Inuit and First Peoples of Canada. We serve the public good through the discovery and mobilization of knowledge, engagement with local, national, and international communities, and the education of classroom teachers and other professionals to work in complex, diverse, and changing contexts. We are committed to inspiring and transforming communities of practice through teaching, research, service and leadership.

At heart, we are a supportive, welcoming academic community of highly engaged, socially conscious, diverse scholars, students and staff. Our work impacts K-12 students, their families, communities, and partners in education and other professions. We advance the careers of future researchers, teachers, professionals and policy makers as active and contributing citizens. For us, education is in essence, education for life’s sake and working towards more just and equitable societies.

To be sure, the Faculty focuses on the greater public good and making the world a better, more livable, and more sustainable place, with high-quality, anti-oppressive, anti-racist teaching, research and scholarship at the forefront. The world is complex and we embrace complexity and diverse ways of knowing and being. We aim for transformation, and we carefully and rigorously study a variety of important issues and topics.

Association of Canadian Deans of Education Accords

As a member of the Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE), we are guided by the shared commitments and values relative to education in Canada outlined in the ACDE General Accord (ratified 2005).

To review the ACDE General Accord, as well as subsequent Accords on Initial Teacher Education, Indigenous Education, Educational Research, Early Learning and Early Childhood Education, Research in Education, and the Internationalization of Education, please visit the ACDE website.