School of Education and Allied Professions
Kevin R. Kelly, Dean
Kathryn Kinnucan-Welsch, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Learning and Community Partnerships
Barbara De Luca, Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research
Jayne Brahler, Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Health Programs
The basic mission of the graduate programs in the School of Education & Allied Professions (SOEAP) is to prepare competent and compassionate professionals in several fields. Specifically, the mission is to prepare teachers and administrative leaders, exercise scientists, and human service specialists. The School is further committed to preparing scholar-practitioners at the Ph.D. level in the area of educational leadership. The SOEAP programs leading to graduate degrees are designed primarily to meet the following purposes:
- To develop advanced proficiency in early, middle, and secondary school teachers who have completed recognized baccalaureate teacher education programs.
- To enable individuals to qualify for licensure as principals and superintendents.
- To prepare school counselors; school psychologists who will be working in state, county, local school systems; and counselors who will work in community and other agency settings to be highly competent and exemplary in their chosen profession.
- To develop personnel for student services in higher education.
- To prepare educational research specialists.
- To enable students with nonprofessional education baccalaureate degrees and above-average academic records to gain teacher licensure.
- To prepare leaders in Allied Profession fields such as Exercise Science and Physical Therapy.
In implementing these graduate programs, faculty members are committed to help students:
- understand the knowledge base that integrates their field of interest
- apply their knowledge base to practice
- value the relationship of theory to practice
- reflect mindfully upon professional practice
- value community and collaboration
- appreciate the moral dimensions of their work
- commit themselves to improving the quality of life within schools and the larger community
In working to address the mission, faculty and staff members in all departments endeavor to:
- create a supportive environment for learning
- respond to individual students' program needs
- draw upon the knowledge base of their field in providing quality instruction
- maintain high academic standards
- provide students the opportunity to choose a research or a practice emphasis in their academic program
- contribute to the knowledge base of their field
- assist the community in translating the knowledge base of their field to everyday practice
- serve as responsible social critics
- demonstrate collaborative teaching and inquiry behaviors
- engage in professional activity focused on the improvement of school and community life
Most graduate programs lead to the Master of Science in Education and Allied Professions degree. Other degree programs include the Educational Specialist degree and the Ph.D. in Educational Leadership.