Mission, Vision & Goals

Mission Statement

The mission of Educator Preparation Programs at Towson University is to:

  • Prepare the next generation of diverse educators and leaders committed to meet the individual needs of all learners.
  • Advance scholarship around significant priorities in the profession.
  • Collaborate with and advocate for children, families, and communities.
  • Develop and implement innovative solutions to education challenges.

Vision Statement

Towson University will be recognized for preparing innovative and socially just professionals who advocate on behalf of children, families, and the profession.  We will empower educators with a strong knowledge of research-based pedagogies, a technology-rich skillset, a deep understanding of how children, youth, and adults learn, and caring dispositions to lead and succeed in inclusive and equitable settings.

Core Values

  • Diversity and Inclusivity
  • Professionalism and Leadership
  • Collaboration and Reflection
  • Commitment and Compassion

Strategic Planning 

In Spring 2021, Towson University will release a new strategic plan with its mission, vision, values, and goals that will define objectives to deliver transformative outcomes over the next ten years.

To align with the University’s strategic plan, the College of Education is in the process of developing a strategic plan to help advance our efforts in preparing future educators. The development of the strategic plan will be an intentional and comprehensive process in collaboration with COE leadership, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and partners.


Phase I: Early February 2021
Establish a strategic planning task force

  • Commit the resources necessary to support the process
  • Communicate the importance of the planning effort to COE staff and faculty
  • Task Force Members: 

Laurie Mullen (Dean's Office)
Gilda Martinez-Alba (Dean's Office)
Laila Richman (Dean's Office)
Monica Pasko (Dean's Office)
Mahnaz Moallem (EDTL Department Chair)
Judith Guerrero (ELED Department Chair)
Heather Haverback (SMED Department Chair) 
Janese Daniels (ECED Department Chair) 
Elizabeth Neville (SPED Department Chair)
Ronald Thomas (ILPD Department Chair)
Pamela Wruble (MAT Department Chair) 
Greg Knollman (Faculty Member)
Carla Finkelstein (Faculty Member)
Lisa Herbst (Faculty Member)
Rebecca Garrigues (GSA Representative) 
Ronit Miller (Dean’s Advisory Council Member)
Jessica Keweshan (CPP Staff Member)
Zarah Salas (Alumna)

Phase II: February and early March 2021

  • Share Values, Vision, Mission Statements for COE
  • Dialogue/input with COE faculty and students

Phase III: March 2021

  • Dialogue/input with COE faculty and students

Phase IV: April 2021 

  • Continued input from COE faculty and students
  • Identification of initial themes

Phase V: May 2021 

  • Draft plan shared with COE for feedback

Phase VI: July-August 2021

  • Task force finalizes draft plan 
  • Submission of plan to Provost Office

How to Get Involved

There will be opportunities to join with colleagues and others to provide input on the direction of the College of Education. Please e-mail with any questions or comments.