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Mission Statement

The Center for Democracy and Citizenship Education will assume the critical role of taking a leadership position in the development of a new generation of American citizens. Specifically, the charge is to provide civic education programs, activities and resources for educators to utilize for the purpose of designing innovative and interactive opportunities for students in our schools and within our communities. This engagement with our university, community, state, and nation is in clear alignment with former Interim WVUPresident C. Peter Magrath “State of the Campus address-”An Engaged University:WVU’s Role as a 21st Century Land Grant University” issued on Monday October 13, 2008.

Rationale for the Center for Democracy & Citizenship Education:

When President Barack Obama took the oath of office on January 20, 2009, he gave the nation a challenge: “What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility.” One of our nation’s greatest responsibilities is to prepare students for their most important position they will hold in life, that as CITIZEN.

Focus Objectives of the Center for Democracy and Citizenship Education:

  • Examine social problems
  • Model the process of deliberation for analyzing civic issues in society
  • Design and implement civic education programs
  • Promote civic engagement by WVU teacher education students (Civitas Society)
  • Provide for a community of civic education scholars and teachers
  • Allow for student initiative in developing civic education programs
  • Interact with community, state, and federal groups and agencies to foster civic education
  • Create model civic education programs that are research based
  • Provide a summer teacher institute to help teachers develop best practices while examining a civic issue
  • Develop a lecture series of speakers chosen from a variety of disciplines to investigate the various aspects of citizenship, and the role citizens play in an evolving democratic society


Guiding Principles for the Center of Democracy and Citizenship Education:

  • Professionalism & Ethics
  • Civic Education
  • Democratic Values
  • Service-Based Programs
  • Scholarship & Research
  • Teaching Theory & Practice
  • Communications Development
  • Technology for the 21st Century
  • Character Education
  • Community Engagement