Administration & Faculty

A Message from Dean Bob Hannafin, Ph.D.

Dean Bob Hannafin headshot‌Thank you for visiting the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP) website. For over 50 years, Fairfield University has offered high-quality graduate programs in education and human services. Whether your goal is advancement in your current field, a change in career, professional certification, or an advanced degree, we are well positioned to help you meet your goals. Our graduates make significant contributions in fields serving children, youth, adults, families, communities and organizations.

In keeping with Jesuit tradition, our programs are committed to serving the community while challenging you intellectually. A 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. Our programs are fully accredited and are tailored for working professionals. Classes are scheduled in the evening for fall and spring semesters and in a variety of accelerated formats during the summer.

The faculty and staff of the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions join me in wishing you every success as you pursue your academic and professional goals at Fairfield University.

Bob Hannafin, Ph.D.
Dean
Professor

History and Overview of the Graduate School of Education & Allied Professionals

The Graduate School of Education & Allied Professions 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 GSEAP 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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Mission Statement

The Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions 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.

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‌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.

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