Academic Departments

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Department of Educational Policy, Research & Administration

The Department of Educational Policy, Research, & Administration promotes scholarship and pedagogy focused on cutting-edge education policy issues in four academic concentrations: P-12 Educational Leadership; Higher Education; International Education; and Research, Educational Measurement and Psychometrics. Faculty and graduate students engage in research, outreach, and learning activities that integrate theoretical perspectives with current issues of policy and practice. The department contributes to scholarly discourse, policy deliberations, and leadership development, relying on advanced educational research and evaluation methodologies.

Our mission is to

  • prepare leaders in educational policy and administration in three primary contexts: PreK-12 schooling; higher or post-secondary education; and international contexts
  • conduct rigorous research and evaluation that contribute to the development of evidence-based policies, program, and practices;
  • advance research and evaluation methodologies to contribute to the discourse about effective knowledge generation and decision making in educational settings.

Faculty and students value diversity, critical inquiry, use of information for decision-making and systemic reform, engaging learning environments, individual agency, and reflective practice. The graduate programs provide opportunities to respect and encourage diversity; to critically analyze, interpret, and use information; and to facilitate students as agents of their own learning.

Department of Student Development

The Department of Student Development focuses on the development of the individual pupil within the context of a variety of formal educational settings (pre-K to 16).

Research and scholarship are linked to the study of individual students and their relationships with peers, educators, and families. Study also includes relationships within and among various social groups and their interactions with educational systems, families, and communities.

Research and scholarship enable students to participate in the development of innovative program models and in the deeper understanding of individuals and groups in formal educational settings. Research is shaped by our commitment to social justice and diversity.

Department of Teacher Education & Curriculum Studies

The Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies seeks to improve public education through

  • the planning, delivery, and continuous improvement of K-12 teacher education programs at the undergraduate and Master's levels,
  • research and advanced study that furthers understanding of teacher education, curriculum development, teaching, and learning,
  • leadership in policy development and the promotion of effective teacher education, curriculum, and school practices in the Commonwealth.