Message from the Dean | Graduate School of Education

Message from the Dean

For over 90 years, the Graduate School of Education (GSE) at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey has been a national leader in the study and improvement of education and in preparing educators and developing researchers who advance excellence and equity in education through effective teaching and the discovery of new knowledge. 

As we commemorate the 60th anniversary of the historic Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, in which the Supreme Court outlawed racial segregation in schools throughout the United States and declared that separate was not equal, the fight for equitable educational opportunities for historically underserved children and communities is far from over. Although the nation has witnessed slow but significant change since May 1954, there is still much work to be done to ensure that ALL learners have access to high quality education opportunities and the resources needed to excel and become successful global citizens.

At Rutgers GSE we are committed to advancing excellence and equity in education.  As is stated in our Mission, we seek to ensure that everyone has access to high-quality educational programs.  Our faculty and students conduct research in areas of critical need, including early education; educational equity and social justice; education policy; literacy development; education assessment; and mathematical and scientific learning, reasoning, and teaching.  We are home to centers of excellence including the Regional Educational Laboratory for the Mid-Atlantic region, the Center for Effective School Practices, the Rutgers Institute for Improving Student Achievement, the Center for Literacy Development and the Robert B. Davis Institute for Learning, and the National Institute for Early Education Research.

Our post-baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral and non-degree certification programs serve over 1,500 current students and equip our graduates with the skills and experiences needed to serve as education leaders and advocates in their roles within and outside the education field.  As evidence of our commitment to meeting the needs of diverse learners, the GSE continues to develop new programs and update the curriculum and processes for existing programs.  This past May the GSE graduated its first cohort of the newly revised Ed.D. Program and in Spring 2015 we will launch a fully-online Ed.M. in Adult Education.

Beyond our powerhouse research and programs, Rutgers GSE is an excellent place to study and work.  Our faculty are dedicated instructors and mentors, our staff are friendly and supportive, and our community is among the most diverse and welcoming in the country.

I am glad that your interest in education has brought you to our website, and hope that you will join us in our pursuit of excellence and equity in education for all.  To learn more about the GSE’s programs or initiatives please call us at (848) 932-7496.


Wanda J. Blanchett, Ph.D.

Dean and Distinguished Professor