From its founding in 1918, the Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development has pursued three missions:
- Prepare professionals to lead in education, to practice social responsibility, and to exemplify intellectual curiosity.
- Conduct scholarship that advances knowledge and refines practice.
- Collaborate with local and global partners using education to forge more caring, just, and sustainable societies.
During their undergraduate degree program, our students reaffirm their commitment to the field of education by participating in a pinning ceremony and reciting the following affirmation:
The Boston University Educator’s Affirmation
- I commit myself to the life of an educator – to empowering all individuals to reach their full potential, to respecting their diverse backgrounds, and to learning from those I serve.
- I dedicate myself to the cultivation of character, for I know that humanity cannot flourish without courage, compassion, honesty, and trust.
- I commit myself to the advancement of knowledge, for I know that without it our successors will lack both the vision and the power to forge a just, inclusive, and sustainable society.In the presence of this gathering I so dedicate myself
Updated from the original affirmation written for the occasion of the April 24, 1989, Wheelock College of Education & Human Development Junior Pinning Ceremony, by Dr. Steven Tigner.
If you’re ready to take your first steps toward becoming a life-changing educator:
The Boston University Parents Program helps parents of BU students stay connected to campus with local receptions and various resources to help you navigate BU. The program also shares important information through social media. Through this program, and the associated Parents Leadership Council, you can talk to parents of prospective students, provide career insight and guidance through the Center for Career Development, host students during Alternative Spring Break, host dinners for students, and much, much more. Visit their website to get started.