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Literacy Centers at St. Anthony's Elementary School a BIG HIT!

New MA in Early Childhood/Special Education - Brochure

Department wins $1.1 Million Grant for Early Childhood/Special Education Master's Program

Catholic Community Partnerships for Better Early Childhood Development grant

During the CUA spring break, Mimi Schuttloffel, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Education, will be a guest lectruer at the Cardinal Martini Leadership Institute at Bethlehem University, Palestine.  Dr. Mimi will speak to various audiences on the topic of leadership as it relates to higher education, teacher education and cultural development.  She will be the guest of Br. Peter Bray, FSC, Ed.D., Vice-Chancellor of the university.  Bethlehem University, founded in 1973, is a Catholic co-educational institution in the Lasallian tradition whose mission is to provide quality higher education to the people of Palestine and to serve them in its role as a center for the advancement, sharing and use of knowledge.

Welcome to the Department of Education

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Education within the School of Arts and Sciences, I invite you to explore this website about our community of reflective practitioners.

Since its founding in 1908, the School of Education, and currently the Department of Education, sees it mission to contribute to the local, regional, and national educational environment.  Our reflective practitioner model, rooted in Catholic social justice teaching and contemporary cognitive science, prepares each student for their role as leader-practitioner.  A tradition of service to urban and Catholic education provides students with numerous experiences to further their development as an educational professional.
Our reflective model challenges students in whatever career they choose ----- teachers, school and diocesan administrators, educational psychologists, policy makers, and researchers.  A reflective practitioner makes decisions mindfully considering the messages a decision sends (interpretive reflection), the practical implementation of the decision (descriptive reflection) and the moral dimensions of the decision (philosophical reflection). We prepare those who will be future and present leaders in the field of education in classrooms and beyond: Catholic schools, charter schools, public schools, private schools or higher education and government.
Our undergraduate program provides a unique experience of teacher preparation that provides sound content knowledge, practical skills and experiences that shape reflective practice. Students are in local schools with guided practicum and student teacher experiences with seasoned professionals. Secondary education students connect with both their major areas in an integrated approach.
Our graduate programs target current practitioners providing them with up-to-date brain research and its application to classroom practice.  Our signature Catholic Educational Leadership and Policy Studies doctoral program is designed to meet the growing national shortage of superintendents, diocesan leaders, faculty and administrative personnel for Catholic higher education. 

Thank you for your interest in our excellent department of reflective practitioners preparing future reflective practitioners.  Our on-going goal is to impact the future of American education for all students.  Please feel free to contact us for more information about specific programs.


Merylann J. Schuttloffel, Ph.D.

Chair, Department of Education


The Department of Education at The Catholic University of America is dedicated to the systematic assessment of candidate performance and the continuous improvement of all its programs and unit operations in order to provide high quality education that meets professional standards and fits the University’s mission and vision. The link below includes licensure test results that demonstrate CUA candidates’ performance on licensure for all stakeholders including the public.