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Creating Impact, 
Finding Success

Join our community of changemakers and start your journey as a leader in education, behavioral health and social services.

Shape Future Generations

We believe that the work of education and behavioral health professionals is essential to individual and community advancement. Careers in these sectors are more than jobs, they are driven by passion and purpose. The School of Education and Human Development challenges students to embrace the Jesuit concept of cura personalis — care for the whole person — in their professions, in the way that they serve students, patients, clients and communities.

Find Your Program

Our School offers undergraduate majors and minors, doctoral and graduate degrees and certificate and endorsement programs that prepare you to become skilled educators and behavioral and mental health professionals who are ready to create positive change. Find the program or program combinations that match your goals below.


Whether you're looking to make a career change or advance to a leadership position, our master's degree programs and EdD program will help you achieve your goals.

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We offer professional certificates and Pennsylvania State Certifications for those who seek to become state-certified educators or practitioners. Many of our students use these programs to enter one of our degree-seeking graduate programs.


Of undergraduate students from the Class of 2022 were employed, in graduate school or committed to a service program within 6 months of graduation.


Average base salary for graduates of our programs.


Public, private, parochial and charter schools in the region have an ongoing Saint Joseph's presence — from student teachers to ACESJU educators.


Years of serving the autism community through the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support.

Featured Events

Paramount to our identity is hands-on learning. Fieldwork and clinical experiences are essential for the development of empathetic professionals in education and behavioral health.


Joshua Power '05, '16 (EdD)

Dean, School of Education and Human Development

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Certifications & Licensure

Commitment to Professional Excellence

We're committed to exceeding professional standards. Our programs offer required training for students seeking state certifications and licensure in education and counseling, preparing them to become exemplary professionals and practitioners in their fields.

Student & Alumni Spotlight

Lucy Harmon

SJU was integral in my social, spiritual and professional formation. Through the Jesuit values and the teachings of Saint Ignatius, I realized what it truly means to be a woman with and for others while discovering my passions and navigating the path to my vocation."

Lucy Harmon

Lucy Harmon '19

STEM Teacher

francis thompson '17

The Jesuit principles that I learned and internalized at SJU give me an outlook on the barriers faced in urban public education as opportunities for me to be transformative and make a difference."

francis thompson '17

Nyshawana Francis-Thompson '17 (EdD)

Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction


When I think about the qualifications I even needed to win the Outstanding Principal award, I think a lot of it stemmed from my past year in the IDEPEL program.”


Matthew Crater '25 (EdD)

Sixth Grade Assistant Principal, Haverford Middle School

Featured News

Investing in the Science of Reading

Jackie Galbally, PhD, assistant professor of special education, has been working with two Philadelphia charter schools to improve literacy rates and educational outcomes among elementary school students. Her work and research involves Saint Joseph’s undergraduates who are student teaching in these classrooms.

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Adult gives a gift present to child.

If you have a loved one with autism on your holiday gift list this year, consider these sensory-friendly gift recommendations by Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support staff.