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A Message From Dean Laurie L. Grupp, PhD

Welcome to the School of Education and Human Development. Our School is committed to preparing professionals to serve children, youth, adults, families, communities, and organizations. Our range of program offerings originates from a combination of faculty expertise and a commitment to the needs of our community partners.

Work across all disciplines within the School of Education and Human Development aligns perfectly with Fairfield’s Jesuit mission, where intellectual growth in service to others and social justice are primary. The School has a rich history and renewed commitment to racial justice and education in service of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We work closely with our students and community partners to cultivate a spirit of social responsibility and values-based decision-making. Our School’s rich history of commitment to community engagement and our strong alumni network allow our faculty and students to engage in meaningful internship and clinical experiences shaped by evidence-based practice.

Whether your goal is advancement in your current field, a change in career, professional certification, or an advanced degree, we invite you to learn more about what the School of Education and Human Development has to offer

Laurie L. Grupp, PhD
Dean
Associate Professor

Mission Statement

The School of Education and Human Development advances the mission of Fairfield University through the education and training of professionals who teach, counsel and serve the wider community. All of our various courses of study share a commitment to empower and ennoble the whole person through recognition of the Jesuit values of social responsibility and the affirmation of diversity.

Together, the departments of the School encompass a variety of perspectives which include preparing educators, psychologists and allied mental health professionals who:

  • believe in the inherent worth and dignity of each person
  • promote the well-being of individuals, couples, families and communities
  • commit to serve a diverse society
  • understand human behavior at individual, organizational and community levels
  • understand the impact of information technologies on the individual, the family, the community, the nation and the world
  • uphold the highest standards of professional conduct

The School strives for excellence in education, not only seeking knowledge for its own sake, but the application of that knowledge to the betterment of all. The overarching goal of the School is to promote and support our graduate students in the professional attributes of intellectual rigor, personal integrity, collaboration, informed decision-making, self-reflection and social responsibility in their commitment to those whom they serve.

Faculty

Our caring and committed faculty offer a rigorous course of study, with a broad range of courses that integrate critical reflection, extensive field experience, and the most current research in the field.

Academic Contacts

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History And Overview Of The School of Education and Human Development

The School of Education and Human Development has earned the reputation of being a model of excellence and innovation within its various professional communities. By engaging in continual internal program assessment, the School is able to create and maintain curricular offerings and clinical field experiences that keep the School of Education and Human Development on the leading edge of all of our disciplines.

The history of the School follows:

  • In 1950, the first classes in graduate education were offered toward the Master of Arts degree.
  • In the mid-1970s the School expanded its mission to include the training of those entering the human services professions.
  • In 1981, the name of the School was changed from the Graduate School of Education to the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, its current name, to reflect the additional scope of our graduate programs.

The current structure of the School consists of 4 departments within which are housed 17 distinct programs and tracks of study which hold state and national accreditation. Also offered are 5 Advanced Training Certificates.

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IDEA Student Ratings

The IDEA student rating system is the standard course evaluation method across the university. Every course is evaluated by students online at the end of the semester. This is a brief summary to familiarize you with the process.

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