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Collection Overview
Title: School of Education records
Date: 1958-2001 (bulk 1963-1985)
Location Code: 57/2
Reference Code: A39
Extent: 9.50 cubic feet (10 boxes)
Scope and Content Abstract: The collection documents the growth of the School of Education at Northeastern from its inception as an independent department, through its associations with Boston-Bouvé College and the College of Arts and Sciences. The collection reflects the activities of individual departments and the School of Education faculty. Records include brochures, program descriptions, minutes, memoranda, correspondence, reports, handbooks, newsletters, course descriptions, accreditation reports, and agendas from committee, department, and School meetings. Topics include the merging of the School of Education with Boston-Bouvé College and then with the College of Arts and Sciences, the development of new education programs, student work, and faculty appointments.
Historical Abstract: Northeastern University's College of Education was formed in 1953 as a result of the growing need for elementary and secondary school educators in the United States. By 1967, it employed 22 faculty members and included five specialized departments. Enrollment in the College of Education peaked in 1970 with over 1,300 undergraduate and 1,001 graduate students and 55 full-time faculty members. In 1980, responding to a decline in enrollment and a decreased need for teachers, the College of Education merged with Boston-Bouvé College forming the Boston-Bouvé College of Human Development Professions. In 1992, the education department moved to the College of Arts and Sciences and, in 1999, was renamed the School of Education. In the early 2000s, the graduate programs of the School moved to the College of Professional Studies.
Language and Scripts: The collection is entirely in English.
System of Arrangement: Organized in two series: Series 1. Administration; and Series 2. Programs.
Subjects and Contributors:
  • Call, Russell J.
  • Goddu, Roland
  • Kaufman, Maurice
  • Meier, Joseph
  • Melnick, Susan L.
  • Nichols, Irene A.
  • Robinson, Holbrook C.
  • Tedesco, Paul H.

  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). College of Education
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). College of Education -- Curricula
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.). Graduate School of Education
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass) -- Administration
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass) -- Faculty
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass) -- Urban Schools Collaborative

  • Education -- Study and teaching (Higher) -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Teachers -- Training of -- Massachusetts -- Boston

Conditions Governing Access: Records are closed for 25 years from the date of their creation, unless researchers have written permission from the creating office. Records containing student information are closed for 75 years from the date of their creation.
Immediate Source of Acquisition: Records were transferred with the Archives by the School of Education from 1997 through 2003. Records were also transferred by the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.
Processor: Finding aid prepared by Amy Bosworth, December 1999; updated by Hanna Clutterbuck, December 2008.

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

Chiavelli, Jim. “Sridhar tapped as vice provost for research.” The Northeastern Voice, September 14, 2004. http://www.voice.neu.edu/040914/040914_1.pdf

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

---- Northeastern University - Coming of Age: The Ryder Years 1975-1989. Boston, Massachusetts: Northeastern University, 1995

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.

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Series:

1. Administration, n.d., 1962-2001
Volume:7.25 (7 boxes)
Arrangement:

Alphabetical
Summary:

This series documents the administrative activities of the School of Education from an independent program in the 1960s through its affiliation with Boston-Bouvé College and the College of Arts and Sciences. The series documents the activities of the School of Education, the Graduate School of Education, and various departments and committees within the School, including the Department of Foundations of Education, and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. Materials include meeting minutes, agendas, memoranda, accreditation reports, by-laws, handbooks, and newsletters.
BoxTitleDate
1Accreditation Reports (15 folders)1966-1976
2-3Boston-Bouvé College of Human Development Professions (30 folders)1980-1991
3Budget198?-199?
3By-Laws1984-1999
3Center for Continuing Education1966-1967
3Center for Innovation in Urban Education (2 folders)1991-1993
3College of Arts and Sciences (11 folders)n.d., 1992-1998
3-4College of Education (21 folders)1964-1980
Committees
4Ad Hoc Doctoral1972
4Andre Favat Memorial1977-1982
4Bureau of Educational Field Services Advisory1973-198?
4Early Childhood Education (4 folders)1978-1992
4Favat Learning Resource Center1980-1982
5Graduate (6 folders)1966-1983
5Human Service Advisory1977-1978
5Library and Learning Resources (6 folders)1970-1972
5New Program198?
5Petitions1969
5Program and Personnel Planning1969
5Reorganization1983
5Teacher Education Task Force1994
5Commonwealth of Massachusetts Approval1990-1994
5Co-operative Education Planning Proposaln.d.
5Correspondencen.d., 1962-1994
5Department of Curriculum and Instruction1974-1976
5-6Department of Foundations of Education (21 folders)1968-1977
6Educational Testing Service1976-1981, 1996
6Faculty Senate1978-1981, 1996
6-7Graduate School of Education (9 folders)n.d., 1964-1976
7Grants (4 folders)1966-1968
Handbooks
7Advisor's1996-1997
7Tenure and Promotion1991
Newsletters
7General1976
7Academic Common Experience1996
7Advocates for a Common Experience1996
7Bulletin1975
7College Council1991
7College of Education1969-1976
7“Professional Lights”1979
7“Viewpoints”1963-1969
7Notes From Facultyn.d.
7Strategy Centers (5 folders)1981
7Strategic Planning (3 folders)1980
7Teaching Schedules1987-1997
7-8University Graduate Council (12 folders)1974-1985
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Series:

2. Programs, n.d., 1958-2000
Volume:2.75 cubic ft. (3 boxes)
Arrangement:

Alphabetical
Summary:

This series documents the student programs and teaching activities of the School of Education. Records include course descriptions, student handbooks, program descriptions, and reports on a variety of subjects relating to education. Of particular interest are the program folios prepared for a 1995 review of the School of Education by the Massachusetts Department of Education.
BoxTitleDate
8“Black History: A Test to Create Awareness and Arouse Interest”1974
8Class: “Teaching Children's Literature and the Arts”n.d.
8Co-op Placements1997
8Course Descriptions (2 folders)n.d., 1976-1994
8Course Offerings1998-2001
8Curriculum Planningn.d., 1985-1988
8Fellowships: Proposals1966
8Graduate Programs Report1995
Handbooks
8Departmental199?
8Doctoral Dissertation Proceduresn.d.
8Graduaten.d.
8Policy1970
8Thesis / Project Guidelines1988
8Undergraduate1995
8In-Service Seminars1970
8Internship / Practicum in Educational Administrationn.d.
Massachusetts Department of Education Program Review
8General1995
8Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics1995
8Early Childhood Education (Current Program)1995
8Early Childhood Education (New Program)1995
8Elementary Education (2 folders)1995
8Elementary Education (Current Program)1995
8Elementary Education (New Program)1995
8Elementary, Secondary, and Special Needs1995
8Health Education1995
8Middle and Secondary Education (3 folders)1995
8Programs Offered through the Department of Education1995
8School Guidance Counselor1995
8Teacher of Reading1995
8Teacher of Students with Special Needs1995
8Teacher of Students with Special Needs and Elementary Education1995
8Teacher of Students with Speech, Language, and Hearing Disorders1995
8Newspaper Clippings on School of Education Activities1976-1977, 1996-1999
8-9Program Information (5 folders)n.d., 1958-1982
Programs
9General (3 folders)n.d., 1965-1972
9Arts and Humanities Interdisciplinary Major1990
9Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study for Teachers in Universities and Colleges1976-1977
9Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Computer Education1983
9Certificate Program in Substance Abuse1987
9Clinical Master's Degree in Elementary Education / Clinical Master's Degree in Secondary Education1993
9Community Mental Health Counseling197?
9Computer Education1983-1984
9Counseling Psychology1982
9Doctor of Education in Recreation Education n.d.
9Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology1985
9Doctor of Philosophy in Foundations of Educationn.d., 1965-1968
9Dual Majors199?
9Educational Administration1971
9Elementary and Early Childhood Education1994
9Elementary Educationn.d.
9Graduate Standard Certification in Elementary / Special Education1995
9Leadership: Administration and Supervision1972
9Master of Arts in Education1993
9Master of Arts in Teaching (2 folders)1993-1994
9Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction1994
9Master of Education in Secondary Educationn.d.
9Master of Science in Physical Therapy1979?
9Master of Science in Recreation, Sport, and Fitness Managementn.d., 1985
9Non-Degree Elementary / Secondary Certification1974
9Post-Master's Graduate Certificate in School Reform1997
9School Psychologist1973-1976
9Secondary Education Minor199?
9Secondary With Advanced Standingn.d.
9Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Major1990
9Special Educationn.d.
9Special Educator Options1974
9Speech Pathology and Audiologyn.d.
9Standard Certification in Middle / Secondary Level Subjects1995
9Standardsn.d.
9Teacher of Biology199?
9Teachers of English as a Second Language1983
9Undergraduate Part-Time (2 folders)n.d.
9University College Elementary / Secondary Teacher Certification1996
Reports
9Generaln.d., 1982-1986, 2000
9“A Comparative Study of Resident and Commuter First Year Students at a Large Urban University”1965
9“Contributions to the Boston Public Schools”1998-1999
9Department of Foundations of Education Annual Report1971
9“Effective Approaches to the Rehabilitation of the Disabled Public Offender”1966
9“Faculty Authors”1967-1976
9“Faculty Senate Evaluation”1994
9“Information Pertaining to the Growth and Development of the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology”197?
9“Legislative Attitudes Towards Rehabilitation”n.d.
9“Proposed Regulations for Educator Licensure…”2000
9“Remedial / Compensatory Education at Northeastern”1981
9“School of Education First Annual Report”1999-2000
9“The Social Science Component in Professional Education”1967
10“Special Education Administration Evaluation”1980
10“Strategic Planning Report”1981
10“Summary of First Draft Strategic Plans”1981
10“Undergraduate Programs in Education”1984
10Scholarshipsn.d.
10School Leadership Projectn.d.
10School Paraprofessional Training Manual198?
10Student Teacher Placementsn.d., 1971-1977
10Syllabi199?
10Urban Schools Collaborative1990
10World History Resource Center2000
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