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 Education Program for 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 2022 were employed, in graduate school or committed to a service program within six 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 helped shape my view of social justice when it comes to education which inspired to work harder in an attempt to close the reading gap.
I have found a love for working with students with disabilities throughout my field experiences at SJU and specifically my student teaching placement. I loved accommodating instruction in order to meet the needs of all students in the classroom.
I was driven by the passions I found at SJU that inspired my compassion, strength, and resilience for finding the hope in the world through education.The more I studied at SJU, the more I recognized that I had the tools and resources to be successful.
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.
Saint Joseph’s Center for Professional Development is helping a cohort of local school leaders obtain prominent coaching credentials.
As the first student to enroll in the managing neurodiversity in the workplace minor, Lily Bowditch ’23 is already making an industry impact through her hands-on professional experience and academic coursework.
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.