Dean, School of Education and Human Development
About the School of Education and Human Development
Welcome to the School of Education and Human Development! I am proud to lead this diverse and inclusive community of faculty, staff and students who are committed to excellence in learning, community engagement, research and service.
— Joshua Power, '05, '16 (EdD), Interim Dean of the School of Education and Human Development
Facts and Rankings
- Saint Joseph’s University ranks #8 out of 176 institutions for best regional universities in the North.
- Saint Joseph’s undergraduate teaching programs ranked #11.
- Our master’s in education program has been recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Online Programs Rankings.
- 60 public, private, parochial and charter schools in the region have an ongoing Saint Joseph’s presence — from student teachers to ACESJU educators.
- Top employers of SEHD graduates include the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the School District of Philadelphia and Children’s Hospital of Philadephia (CHOP).
- We have over 10 years of serving the autism community through the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support.
Mission and Vision
Grounded in the Jesuit commitment of being “men and women with and for others” and the Ignatian tradition of the importance of a rigorous liberal arts core, the School of Education and Human Development aspires to prepare current and future students to become exemplary educators and behavioral health professionals who understand the implications of their field of studies and practices and see themselves as transformative leaders in these areas by:
- Promoting long-lasting and ethically rooted local, national and international partnerships with organizations committed to improving the social conditions of the communities and people they serve.
- Providing educational experiences and programs for our undergraduate, graduate and doctoral candidates that promote a sense of professionalism rooted in a deep commitment to collaboration, interdisciplinarity, social advocacy, critical thinking and community engagement, both within and beyond Saint Joseph’s University.
- Fostering a professional identity that draws in the liberal arts tradition of rigor, discernment and the education of the whole person to help candidates see themselves as reflective practitioners who engage in research and critical inquiry to improve their practices and the communities in which they work.
- Engaging in educational, health and organizational policy issues that affect our surrounding communities, whether locally, nationally or internationally, and advocating for policy changes that promote social equality.
Director of Assessment and Accreditation Services
Assistant to the Dean
Director of Clinical Experiences
Executive Director of the Kinney Center for Autism Education and Support
Student Support and Resources
The School of Education and Human Development is committed to helping you achieve your educational goals. Our school and the University offer numerous resources and opportunities for you outside of the classroom, including student organizations and honor societies, advising support, career services and events.
- Kappa Delta Pi: The Tau Omega chapter of Kappa Delta Pi is the local chapter of the oldest and largest international honor society in existence. Tau Omega was installed as the 480 chapter in spring 1994. Membership is open to third-semester students with an overall grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Activities directed by Tau Omega chapter include the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) Reach Out and Read Program book drive and the Reading Is Fun Week, held in the spring. Wynnefield Public Library serves as its service site. Membership involves a yearly fee and includes journals and online resources.
- Alpha Epsilon Lambda: Saint Joseph’s University has a chapter of the Alpha Epsilon Lambda Graduate honor society. It was the only society that was established exclusively for graduate students. Academic achievement, leadership and service are the criteria for membership. Graduate students are inducted into the society on an annual basis.
- Education Society: The Education Society is an undergraduate University-recognized organization open to all students who are education majors and minors. The Education Society primarily involves itself in planning educational talks and activities. It offers members opportunities to participate in American Education Week and local after-school care program activities. No membership fee is required.
- Student Pennsylvania State Education Association: Student-PSEA is the local chapter of the Pennsylvania State Education Association and is affiliated with the National Education Association. It provides students interested in education a variety of opportunities related to professional development including an annual state conference. With an annual membership, student members receive journals and professional materials.
Need guidance in choosing and declaring a major or planning out your schedule? The Academic Advising team is here to help. Undergraduate students enrolled in the School of Education and Human Development may contact the Advising Support Center for assistance, while graduate students may contact the Graduate Advising Office.
Saint Joseph’s University’s Career Center offers a variety of programs and workshops throughout the academic year for students and alumni. The Career Center also provides job and internship resources including career assessments, job search tools, resume and cover letter samples and more. No matter what your career interests are, we encourage you to take advantage of these resources, which will help you leading up to your graduation and beyond.
From lectures to webinars, there’s always something going on at the School of Education and Human Development. Check out our events calendar to see our latest events.
During the 2019-2020 academic year, all programs leading to educator certification in the Teacher Education department, Special Education department, and Educational Leadership department underwent Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) major program review. All educator certification programs were approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) on July 29, 2020.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to our mission. As a Jesuit University, we’re committed to creating an inclusive, respectful and safe learning environment for all. Through our programs, academic activities and community partnerships, we endeavor to cultivate future educators and behavioral and mental health professionals who embrace DEI and strive to create a more just and compassionate society. Learn more about diversity, equity and inclusion at Saint Joseph’s University.
Interested in learning more about the School of Education and Human Development? Contact us to request more information about our programs and for all other inquiries.