Introducing the School of Education and Human Development

Introducing the School of Education and Human Development

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Formerly known as the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions, the renamed school is now recruiting for this fall's Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership program.

Last week, Dean Laurie Grupp, PhD, announced a new name for the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions: the School of Education and Human Development. This news coincides with the renamed School’s launch of the new Doctor of Education (EdD) in Educational Leadership. 

“Our School offers over 20 different programs representing a range of disciplines serving clients, students, and community members,” said Dean Grupp. “We believe the name 'School of Education and Human Development' aligns us with peer institutions and will draw the attention of prospective students and partners.” 

In line with the School’s vision for expanding program offerings, educators looking to further develop their leadership skills can now apply to the EdD in Educational Leadership program. The three-year, hybrid, low residency program is designed for teachers who have a desire to lead across classrooms and transform education; applications are now being accepted for the first cohort to start in the fall.

The program aligns with Fairfield’s mission of preparing educators for leadership and service through broad intellectual inquiry, the pursuit of social justice, and cultivation of the whole person. The EdD degree is tailored for individuals who have already taken on roles and responsibilities in their grade-level teams, departments, schools, or districts that expand beyond their current role and influences teaching and learning practices on a greater scale.

707456506_news-at_sehd-sign_300x200_06162021.jpg“The EdD in Educational Leadership for Teacher Leaders targets a long-standing need in Connecticut for an advanced degree program specifically for teachers,” said Emily Smith, PhD, professor of English education. “Many of our alums have returned to Fairfield seeking ways to advance their careers while continuing to live out their commitments to their students and schools. This program provides a way for both our alums and graduates of other programs to further develop their skills and commitments as advocates for equity and inclusion in public education.”

One of the core goals of the program is to prepare teacher-leaders who are advocates for social justice and anti-racist policies and practices, and who take actions as leaders with and for students, families, communities, and organizations for transformative change.

“The health and racial pandemics shined a light on the need for teachers who can recognize and respond to policies and practices in schools that lead to unequal academic and social outcomes for students,” said  Stephanie Burrell Storms, EdD, associate dean and associate professor of multicultural education. “We believe this program will prepare teachers to become leaders for equity and racial justice in education.”

The curriculum is organized into three main components: Inquiry in Action, Foundational Core, and Teacher Leadership. Educators who pursue the program will gain deeper insights into the theoretical and practical foundations of the profession. Candidates will learn how knowledge of education theory, inquiry, and data positively impact their teaching and the practices of those around them.

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