Message from the Dean

For 95 years, Rutgers Graduate School of Education (GSE) has been a national leader in preparing educators, researchers, and leaders who create effective and equitable learning opportunities for diverse learners. At the GSE, we are committed to advancing excellence and equity in education through effective teaching and the discovery of new knowledge. As is stated in our mission, we seek to ensure that everyone has access to high-quality educational programs.

Our world-class faculty has mentored some of the most influential education practitioners, researchers, and leaders of our time. They along with our 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 also home to centers of excellence including the Center for Effective School Practices, the Rutgers Institute for Improving Student Achievement, the Center for Literacy Development, the Robert B. Davis Institute for Learning, and the National Institute for Early Education Research.

The GSE’s programs prepare effective practitioners, transformative leaders, and accomplished researchers. 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. We have over 16,000 living alumni, 9,000 of whom reside in New Jersey. GSE alumni have gone on to become outstanding and transformative education leaders in the United States and throughout the world.

This year, the GSE is launched its new Urban Social Justice Teacher Education Program - it is the first program in the state to meet new requirements for educator preparation programs set by the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE). New Jersey is a uniquely diverse and urban state due to large numbers of students from historically marginalized linguistic, economic, and cultural backgrounds as well as high poverty districts or schools and population density combined with educational inequality. The new GSE program is designed to develop teachers to be engaged in and committed to excellence, equity, and social justice in their teaching practice.

It is our vision to prepare educators so that they are able to educate and engage with any student regardless of their background. Our goal is to empower GSE teachers to be change agents who foster learning and influence the educational experience of students and families in positive ways. The GSE has built a robust network of strong clinical partnerships in schools, after-school programs, and in community settings. Through the GSE-Community School Partnership Network (GSE-CSPN), over the course of two years, GSE pre-service teachers will engage in over 200 hours of clinical practice in the first year and are full-time clinical practitioners in the second year in GSE partner districts. These partner districts host GSE teacher candidates for their two years of educator preparation and work closely with GSE faculty and staff to nurture the next generation of education leaders.

Our post-baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, and non-degree certification programs serve over 1000 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.

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

Dean & Distinguished Professor