Through our undergraduate programs, you'll earn a solid education in the liberal arts, engage with local communities and gain the knowledge you need to earn certifications and credentials in your field. Our offerings also include adult learner programs and accelerated, 4+1 pathways to a master's degree.
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.
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.
Clinical Mental Health Counseling MS
This graduate program trains students to work as licensed counselors serving clients, individuals and families who struggle with addiction, self-harm, thoughts of suicide and mental health disorders. The program also includes an optional built-in certificate in addiction counseling.
Interdisciplinary Doctor of Educational Leadership EdD
Through coursework that integrates theory and scholarship with practice, the IDEPEL program prepares transformational leaders across the K-12, higher education and social sector who are committed to equity-oriented change.
Special Education, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Concentration MS
Students in this graduate program take core courses in special education and dive deep into current deaf and hard of hearing education practices used to support learning and development in children with hearing loss.
Of undergraduate students from the Class of 2021 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.
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
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
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."
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."
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.”