What Is a Goal Statement for Educators?


Educators formulate a "goal statement," also known as a "philosophy of teaching," to maintain a professional focus while working with students, parents and administrators.


  • Goal statements allow educators to focus on items of importance as they interact with students, formulate grading policies, enforce disciplinary actions and manage their classrooms.

Defining Roles

  • An educator's goal statement clearly defines the role of the teacher and the student, letting the teacher to design lessons based upon her core beliefs of these roles.


  • A goal statement, or philosophy of teaching, should span one to two pages, according to the Center for Effective Teaching and Learning at the University of Texas at El Paso. It should consist of clearly delineated, focused and not overly wordy information.

Use in Interviews

  • During interviews, administrators typically ask potential teachers questions about their teaching philosophies. Preparing a formal goal statement before an interview allows the process to flow in a natural way, demonstrating the educator's preparedness.

How vs. Why

  • The goal statement ought not to focus on how the teacher teaches, but rather should focus specifically on why he teaches the way he does.

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