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