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Title:School of Education records
Dates:1958-2001 (bulk 1963-1985)
Call Number:A39

Historical Note

The College of Education was formed in 1953 as a result of the growing need for elementary and secondary school educators in the United States. The College offered both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. All classes were taught by the program's two professors: Lester S. Vander Werf, who was appointed the College's first dean, and E. Lawrence Durham. The first graduate student commencement took place in 1954 with the granting of three Master of Education degrees. Three years later the College of Education granted its first Bachelor of Science in Education degrees to 38 students.In the next decade, the College of Education grew as the need for educators increased.  By 1967 it employed 22 faculty members and included five specialized departments. The College was accredited during the 1960s by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; at the same time, the College began to mandate student teaching for all its students. 

Enrollment in the College of Education peaked in 1970 with the College instructing over 1,300 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students and employing 55 full-time faculty members. Despite the increase in students and faculty, the 1970s saw an overall decline in enrollment as the demand for educators lessened. Responding to this decrease in enrollment, the faculties of Boston-Bouvé College and the College of Education voted to merge to create the Boston-Bouve College of Human Development Professions. The Board of Trustees voted on June 13, 1980 to approve the merger and the College of Education remained as part of Boston-Bouvé until the early 1990s.

In 1992, the education department moved to the College of Arts and Sciences where it remained a department of the college until July 1999 when it was renamed the School of Education. In the early 2000s, the School of Education began to offer joint graduate programs with the College of Professional and Continuing Studies.
Chronology
1953College of Education founded.
1959 Part-time and evening programs are added.
1965Student teaching is made mandatory.
1967College is accredited by National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.
1970Offers Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study.
1974Offers Doctorate of Education.
1980Merges with Boston-Bouvé College to form the College of Human Development Professions.
1992Leaves College of Human Development Professions; merges with the College of Arts and Sciences.
1999College is renamed the School of Education.
2005Graduate School of Education begins to offer joint courses with the College of Professional and Continuing Studies.
Chronology of Deans and Chairmen
1953-1966Lester S. Vander Werf, Dean of the College of Education
1966-1977Frank E. Marsh, Jr., Dean of the College of Education
1978-1979Roland J.B. Goddu, Interim Dean of the College of Education
1979-1980Arthur D. Smith, Interim Dean of the College of Education
1980-1983Russell J. Call, Chair of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction
1980-1984Joseph Meier, Chair of the Department of Foundations of Education
1984-1987Paul H. Tedesco, Chair of the Department of Education
1987-1989Joseph Meier, Acting Chair of the Department of Education
1989-1996Maurice Kaufman, Chair of the Department of Education
1996-1997Holbrook C. Robinson, Acting Chair of the Department of Education
1997-1998Susan L. Melnick, Chair of the Department of Education
1998-2000James W. Fraser, Acting Chairman of the Department of Education
2000-2005James W. Fraser, Dean of the School of Education
2005-2007Thomas R. Gilbert, Interim Dean of the School of Education
2008-presentHolly M. Carter, Acting Chair of the School of Education
Bibliography

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Frederick, Antoinette. Northeastern University - An Emerging Giant: 1959-1975. Boston, Massachusetts: Northeastern University, 1982.

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Marston, Everett C. Origin and Development of Northeastern University 1898-1960. Boston, Massachusetts: Northeastern University, 1961.

Northeastern University. Northeastern University Course Catalogs, 1966- 2003. Boston, Massachusetts: Northeastern University, 1966-2003.