The Catholic University of America

Welcome to the Department of Education

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and students of the Department of Education, I invite you to explore this website about our community of researchers and reflective practitioners.
The Department’s reflective practitioner model, rooted in Catholic social justice teaching and contemporary cognitive science, prepares each student for his or her role as leader-practitioner.  A tradition of service to urban and Catholic education provides students with numerous experiences to further their development as educational professionals.
Our reflective model challenges students in whatever career they choose ----- teachers, school and diocesan administrators, educational psychologists, policy makers, or 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 programs in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education and Secondary Education provide students with sound content knowledge, practical skills and experiences that shape reflective practice and lead to a teaching license. Students have practicum and student teaching experiences in local schools under the supervision of departmental faculty. Secondary education students in English, mathematics and social studies and connect with both their major areas in an integrated approach.
Our graduate programs in Early Childhood Special Education, Special Education and Secondary Education provide current practitioners with up-to-date research and its application to classroom practice.  Our signature doctoral program in Catholic Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is designed to prepare diocesan superintendents of Catholic schools, as well as faculty and administrators for Catholic higher education.  
Thank you for your interest in the Department of Education.  Please feel free to contact us for more information about specific programs.
John J. Convey, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Education