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Department of Social & Psychological Foundations of Education

Department of Social & Psychological Foundations of Education


Foundations of Education is the academic study of teaching, learning, and schooling through the insights generated by crossing a number of related disciplines, such as anthropology, cognitive studies, cultural studies, disability studies, history, leadership, philosophy, policy studies, and sociology.

Our faculty come from diverse academic and national backgrounds and are committed to high-quality instruction and scholarship. We are also engaged in individual and collaborative scholarship, active in a number of professional associations, and provide a variety of professional development activities.

Our Mission

Faculty in the Department of Social and Psychological Foundations of Education are committed to equity and social justice. We strive toward these goals by critically examining forces and structures of power, and the role of education in bringing about progress. Our programs prepare students to think critically and embody aspirations of democratic participation. We encourage our students to sustain an active role in advocacy in educational settings and the broader society.

 Core Coursework

The Department conducts the sequence of core courses taken by all undergraduate and graduate teacher education students. These courses are grounded in the Foundations of Education and are guided by an orientation to critical analysis, social justice, and public action.

Commitment to Urban & Community Education

Our department has formed partnerships with a number of Rochester City School District schools and local organizations to provide programs involving students from Nazareth College and public schools.
Currently, we are in the process of constructing several new and exciting programs of study for practitioners and educational leaders. Check this site for announcements on these programs and other notable activities and events.

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