School Of Education
Dean, School of Education: Olga M. Welch, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research: Gretchen Givens Generett, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Teacher Education: Susan M. Munson, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education: Jason Margolis, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Foundations and Leadership: Launcelot Brown, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Counseling, Psychology, and Special Education: Tammy Hughes, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Student and Academic Services: Michael Dolinger, M.A.
The School of Education was founded in 1929. In that year, the newly organized School of Education granted its first degrees in programs of secondary education. The following programs have since been approved for certification by the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: Music Education, 1930; Graduate Education, 1936; Elementary Education, 1937; Guidance, 1952; School Administration, 1952; Special Education, 1964; Reading Specialist and Reading Supervisor, 1969; School Psychology, 1969; Early Childhood Education, 1975 and 1997; School Supervision, 1976; Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility, 1993; English as a Second Language, 2003; Business, Computer and Information Technology, 2009.
The Education Unit received national accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education in 2006. The Early Childhood, Elementary Education, and Special Education programs each received national recognition from their respective Specialty Professional Associations (SPAs): Early Childhood from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); Elementary Education from the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) and Special Education from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). Several additional programs received national recognition from their SPAs in 2008: English Education from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), Instructional Technology from the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), and Reading Education from the International Reading Association (IRA).
The mission of the School of Education, as a renowned learning community for the mind, heart and spirit, is to guide the formation of moral and ethical educational leaders, to advance innovation in teaching and scholarship, and to foster social responsibility. Within the context of the Spiritan identity and University vision, we will accomplish our mission by exemplifying the scholarly and ethical standards of our profession as we provide meaningful learning experiences, support scholarship, and sustain mutually beneficial partnerships.
We’re preparing the future leaders of the profession by:
... creating an educational environment that recognizes and supports the self-identified needs of the marginalized in our society, and also fosters the ability of our students to do the same.
... modeling and advocating ethical leadership, creating curriculum and educational experiences using evidence-based means in an environment that fosters social responsibility.
… modeling and advocating ethical and just behavior toward all human beings while establishing the foundation for a continual path of transformation of the self, the profession, and the community.
Scholarship for Schools
Our scholarship informs educational practice and policy by:
… generating, disseminating and utilizing scholarship for and with community agencies, and schools, with an emphasis on improving the lives of marginalized populations.
Spiritan Tradition of Caring
We serve God by serving students and the larger community by:
… positively influencing the beliefs and attitudes of our learners, our influence empowers others to act in ways that lead to positive outcomes for marginalized populations within our community and beyond.
… fostering a respect for the dignity and rights of all human beings through modeling, exposure to and engagement with our community that results in reciprocal change.
… intentional efforts to teach our students to value and live the Spiritan Tradition of Caring.