A Tradition of Academic Excellence, Intellectual Openness, and Service to Others


For over 40 years, the School of Education has offered excellence in justice, equity, and servant leadership.  The mission of the SOE reflects the Jesuit ideal of knowledge in the service of humanity. We endeavor to advance professional education in service of social justice, engaged with Chicago, the nation, and the world. To achieve this vision, the SOE participates in the discovery, development, demonstration, and dissemination of professional knowledge and practice within a context of ethics, service to others, and social justice.

We fulfill this mission by preparing professionals to serve as teachers, administrators, counselors, psychologists, and researchers able to develop and offer educational opportunities for youth and adults that enable them to contribute to and benefit from the social, political, and economic opportunities in their lives.

Our Conceptual Framework — Our mission is social justice, but our responsibility is social action through education – guides the curricula of School of Education programs and serves as the foundation to the School of Education Conceptual Framework Standards – standards that are explicitly embedded in major benchmark assessments across all SOE programs.

One of the strengths of the School is the commitment of faculty to issues of diversity and social justice. This is evidenced in the preponderance of research and scholarship that revolve around the themes of diversity and social justice.  A high number of the external funding proposals and awards involve projects that have as their core value, impacting the environment in which underserved and underrepresented youth live and learn in order to help them be successful learners.

As a result of the scholarship and research interests of the faculty, candidates at all levels are enriched with opportunities to participate on faculty research teams in furthering the mission of social justice. The majority of these opportunities are in the culturally and ethnically diverse schools and neighborhoods of the city of Chicago. Faculty demonstrate a commitment to supporting the greater Chicago community at large, particularly the schools and neighborhoods of the underserved and underrepresented youth.