Our Commitment to Education

The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development was founded in 1890 as the School of Pedagogy. Since then, we have expanded into health, the arts, and media studies.

As varied and diverse as our programs have been throughout the years, there is one thing that has never changed: Our commitment to studying and preparing professionals for pre-K-12 and higher education.

We work in classrooms and in schools.

For more than 120 years, we have been a school that focuses on pre-K-12 teaching and learning -- the more traditional sense of "education."

  • We provide a rich environment for inquiry, research, and practice for teachers, school administrators, counselors, principals, scholars, and leaders in education.
  • Much of our work -- preparing new professionals, studying and evaluating teaching methods, and researching school change -- takes place in pre-K-12 schools and classrooms.

Our research and practice in pre-K-12 education and our study of higher education is vitally important to Steinhardt's mission and vision, for studies show that teachers, school leaders, school climate, and support personnel account for half of the variance in school outcomes for children and youth.

We study all the factors that influence learning.

As important as our work in classrooms and schools, is the work we do on out-of-school factors that affect the development and life chances of children and youth. Steinhardt's programs in culture and human development enable our faculty and students to study education in a holistic way. To name a few:

  • Our psychologists conduct research on bullying and aggression in middle school and the implications of neurological development for learning;
  • Our nutritionists study links between childhood obesity, school lunches, and learning;
  • Our scientists in communicative disorders work with children and adolescents to help them overcome speech and hearing deficits;
  • Our applied statisticians study how poverty and housing policies affect a child’s chances of academic success and develop better ways to assess learning outcomes;
  • Our digital media faculty apply cognitive science theory and research to create more effective games for learning;
  • Our art educators study development of creativity and aesthetic understanding;
  • Our interdisciplinary and interprofessional approach to education makes it possible for faculty in many fields to come together to write a Supreme Court brief to save juvenile offenders from the sentence of life without parole.

Since our founding in 1890, we have grown and evolved, but one thing has never changed: our focus on educating the whole person.

Our commitment to educating the whole person from pre-kindergarten through the college years is reflected in programs throughout our school.

These programs include:

Arts Education

Educational Studies and Policy

Health and Human Development

Teacher Education