About HGSE

About HGSE

Mission

To prepare leaders in education and to generate knowledge to improve student opportunity, achievement, and success.

Overview

Education touches every aspect of human activity. At the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE), we believe studying and improving the enterprise of education are central to the health and future of society.

Since its founding in 1920, the Ed School has been training leaders to transform education in the United States and around the globe. Today, our faculty, students, and alumni are studying and solving the most critical challenges facing education: student assessment, the achievement gap, urban education, and teacher shortages, to name just a few. Our work is shaping how people teach, learn, and lead in schools and colleges as well as in after-school programs, high-tech companies, and international organizations. The HGSE community is pushing the frontiers of education, and the effects of our entrepreneurship are improving the world.

Academic Programs

Today, more than 100 faculty members guide about 900 students in doctoral and master's programs each year. HGSE offers 13 master's programs and 2 doctoral programs, leading to careers in teaching and research, school leadership, counseling, language and literacy, education policy, and many other fields. In addition, each year more than 3,000 educational leaders from around the world participate in our professional education programs.

Faculty

HGSE faculty members are deeply involved in the most critical issues in education, from examining how changes in the economy are redefining a good basic education to exploring the fundamental questions about early childhood learning and development. Their work as teachers, mentors, and researchers has a profound impact on the world of education. (more...)

Students

HGSE students bring a wealth of varied experience to the School. Many students enrolling in one of the 13 master's programs do so after serving as teachers, school and district administrators, policymakers, counselors, researchers, program directors, and college and university administrators. They contribute knowledge from settings as diverse as public and private schools, nonprofit organizations, international organizations, and corporations. Doctoral students bring a combination of proven leadership experience research experience. Doctoral students admitted for fall 2008 averaged six years of professional experience prior to enrolling, while admitted master's students averaged four and a half years. (more...)

Alumni

Since its inception, Harvard Graduate School of Education has graduated nearly 27,000 students. Today, the Ed School's alumni occupy educational leadership roles both nationally and internationally. Every day, HGSE graduates make an impact in the world of education as researchers, policymakers, and practitioners. (more...)

Gutman Library

The Monroe C. Gutman Library is one of more than 90 libraries in the Harvard Library system. The collection's primary focuses are educational administration and policy, elementary and secondary education, teachers and teaching, educational innovations, educational psychology, human development, language acquisition, and the history of education. Currently the library holds more than 200,000 volumes and carries more than 1,300 periodical subscriptions. (more...)

Harvard University

Harvard Graduate School of Education students have the benefit of being at one of the world's great academic institutions, Harvard University. The university environment provides Ed School students with opportunities to enroll in classes at other schools, to study with world-class scholars, to explore the largest university library system in the world, and to meet and learn from an extraordinarily diverse student population. (more...)

HGSE lecturer Josephine Kim

HGSE lecturer Josephine Kim

Since the spring 2007 slayings at Virginia Tech, Lecturer and National Certified Counselor Josephine Kim has been working to raise awareness of mental health issues that affect Korean-American student populations.

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It Stems from Algebra

It Stems from Algebra

In their new research project, Professor Chris Dede and Assistant Professor Jon Star are using three technology-based activities, all rooted in algebra, once called the "new civil right" by one algebra advocate.

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Senior Lecturer Joe Blatt

Senior Lecturer Joe Blatt

"Sesame Street was the first national television series to feature a fully integrated cast: the hosts were an African American couple, and their neighbors were a mix of other ethnic groups."

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Professor David Perkins

Professor David Perkins

Growing up, Professor David Perkins wasn't especially good at baseball.Yet it was America's national pastime that Perkins turned to when he started writing his recent book, Making Learning Whole.

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Professor Jerry Murphy

Professor Jerry Murphy

"I discovered at Harvard a whole new side of myself -- I was a halfway decent researcher. I also discovered that I knew a lot about practice and really liked writing about the everyday reality of how things actually worked."

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