The Catholic University of America

Welcome to the Department of Education

On behalf of the faculty, staff, and candidates of the Department of Education at The Catholic University of America, I invite you to explore this website about our community of researchers and reflective practitioners.
We seek to prepare candidates who have positive impact on all their students’ learning and development. Upon graduation, our candidates possess deep conceptual understanding of their discipline, utilize a repertoire of effective pedagogical approaches to advance all their students’ learning, have professional dispositions that reflect their belief that all students need to fulfill their highest potential, and are committed to understanding the uniqueness of all their students, focusing on their strengths and meeting all their diverse needs. 
Our reflective practitioner model, rooted in Catholic social justice teaching and contemporary cognitive science, cultivates candidates for their role as leader-practitioners. CUA’s reflective practitioners constantly examine their thoughts, words, and actions and make decisions mindfully by considering numerous variables that impact student learning, dilemmas in education, and messages their decisions send to various stakeholders. Throughout all teacher education programs candidates utilize CUA’s unique reflective approach that enables them to continue growing professionally. 
We prepare those who will be future and present leaders in the field of education in classrooms and beyond: in Catholic schools, charter schools, public schools, private schools or higher education and government. A tradition of service to urban and Catholic education provides candidates with numerous opportunities to further their development as educational professionals. Our reflective model challenges candidates in whatever career they choose ----- teachers, school and diocesan administrators, educational psychologists, policy makers, or researchers. 
Our undergraduate programs in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education provide students with sound content knowledge, practical skills and experiences that shape reflective practice and lead to a teaching license. Candidates have practicum and student teaching experiences in local schools under the supervision of departmental faculty. Secondary education candidates in English, mathematics, and social studies 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 or those new to the field with up-to-date research and its application to classroom practice. Graduate teacher education programs also lead to a teaching license in addition to a Master’s degree or a Graduate Teacher Certificate.
Thank you for your interest in the Department of Education.  Please feel free to contact us for more information about specific programs.
Agnes Cave, Ph.D.
Interim Chair, Department of Education