Office of the Dean

the dean
Dr. Wanda J. Blanchett

A Message from the Dean

Since its founding in 1923 over a century ago, Rutgers Graduate School of Education (GSE) has been a national leader in preparing effective educators, accomplished researchers, and transformative leaders who create inclusive and equitable learning opportunities for diverse learners. At the GSE, we are committed to advancing excellence and equity in education through our teaching, research, and service.

Our excellent faculty has mentored some of the most influential education practitioners, researchers, and leaders of our time. They and our students conduct research in areas of critical need, including early childhood education, literacy, language education, special education, and STEM in education; educational equity and social justice; education policy and educational assessment and measurement, and evaluation.

We are also home to centers of excellence including the National Institute for Early Education Research, the Center for Effective School Practices, the Center for Minority Serving Institutions, the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute for Leadership, Equity and Justice, the Center for Literacy Development, and the Robert B. Davis Institute for Learning.

Our graduates are highly sought after. The New Jersey Department of Education reports that GSE graduates consistently have one of the highest rates of employment in New Jersey’s school districts. With over 17,000 living alumni, GSE alumni have gone on to become outstanding and transformative education leaders in the United States and throughout the world while more than 10,000 reside in New Jersey

Our post-baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral and non-degree certification programs 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.

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 please click here.


Wanda J. Blanchett, Ph.D.
Dean & Distinguished Professor
Special Advisor to the Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Equity
Rutgers GSE

The key goal of the office of the dean is to promote and encourage the work of the faculty and staff. The dean also coordinates the activities of all administrative units in the GSE, including the offices of:

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