The Department of Teaching, Literacy and Leadership (TLL) is committed to preparing reflective teachers and leaders for complex educational organizations in diverse, multicultural environments. It is composed of three interrelated programs in the School of Education. These include teaching, literacy studies and leadership.
Programs in TLL are structured upon a base of knowledge, informed by a set of beliefs, assumptions and values, and committed to goals of teaching skills and developing tools for reflective practice. The programs are designed to maximize opportunities for students to work closely with faculty members who are committed to excellence in teaching and leadership. TLL has three different doctoral programs to support students' need to individualize their advanced academic learning.
TLL programs prepare teachers and leaders to be practitioners and scholars; who are activists with a special concern for public education; who reflect on their practice, are dedicated to their students, their disciplines, and to teaching and learning. We value a pedagogy that is participatory, dialogical and reciprocal. In doing this, we foster among our students an awareness of the interactive nature of learning, developmental and social contexts of teaching and learning historically situated and socially constructed nature of knowledge, structure of the disciplines, integration of aesthetics in the construction of meanings.