Founded in 1890 as the School of Pedagogy, NYU Steinhardt was the first professional school devoted to teacher education to be established at an American university. The School's early mission was to educate school administrators and prepare men and women for work in colleges of teacher education. By 1921, the School was educating teachers at all levels and across all fields, including the arts and health, offering undergraduate through doctoral degrees. As the education field expanded, the School broadened its focus to incorporate new knowledge and scientific developments, and new programs emerged.
Today, NYU Steinhardt offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs through its 11 academic departments. Students prepare for careers in education, media, music and performing arts, nutrition, physical and occupational therapy, psychology, speech pathology, and the visual arts. Throughout its history, Steinhardt has been a vibrant institution responding to social change, yet has also maintained a singular focus: to research and serve the pressing needs of children, families, and communities.