The Department of Education, a scholarly community of faculty and students, shares in the Catholic and academic mission of The Catholic University of America. The Department recognizes the important role of education in shaping humanity, the world and the future. The teacher education program functions within this community to prepare teachers for Catholic, private and public schools to educate students for a changing world.

The curriculum, field experiences, and program assessments for learning candidates experience for the teacher education program at Catholic University ensure the acquisition of the skills and reflective qualities essential for the professional practice of teaching and educational leadership. By developing a reflective, problem-solving orientation toward teaching and leadership, graduates of this program are empowered to critically examine both the educational context and their decisions as an educator to foster a deliberative mode in their approach to decision making for teaching and learning in classrooms (Berlak and Berlak, 1981).