Department Head

Thomas C. DeFranco

Associate Dean

Associate Professor Marijke T. Kehrhahn

Assistant Dean

Associate Professor in Residence Yuhang Rong

The Neag School of Education offers graduate programs which lead to the degrees of Master of Arts, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Doctor of Education, and Doctor of Philosophy. In addition, the School of Education confers the Sixth-Year Diploma in Professional Education. Graduate courses in education are offered in the following academic departments: Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Educational Psychology, and Kinesiology.

Master’s degree study is available in most secondary school teaching areas as well as in agricultural, elementary, music, and special education teaching areas. In addition, the Teacher Certification Program for College Graduates (TCPCG) is a 45-credit program beginning with two summer sessions followed by a full year of additional work, which culminates in the award of the M.A. degree and the University’s recommendation for certification. Additional information is available at <>.

Courses of study also are available for school service personnel in areas such as evaluation and measurement, gifted and talented education, educational technology, reading, school counseling, school psychology, special education, supervision and curriculum development.

Additionally, master’s-level study is available in a variety of areas including adult learning, counseling, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, educational psychology, educational technology, kinesiology, and higher education and student affairs.

A program leading to the Sixth-Year Diploma in Professional Education provides an opportunity for advanced students who have the master’s degree to increase their professional competence through further study under the guidance of a faculty member. For more information on Sixth-Year Diploma programs in EDCI, EDLR, and EPSY, see the department’s section of the catalog.

The D.P.T. degree is offered in the field of Physical Therapy throguh the Department of kinesiology.

The Ph.D. degree is offered in the following fields of study: adult learning, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, educational psychology, educational technology, kinesiology, and special education. The Ed.D. degree is offered in the field of educational leadership.

Admission Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree

Applicants must have specific preparation for teaching adequate to meet the minimum professional requirements for obtaining a bachelor’s degree through the Neag School of Education. College graduates with outstanding undergraduate records, but without such preparation, may apply for admission and if admitted, are expected to make up any deficiencies. Applicants wishing to specialize in elementary education must have completed an appropriate concentration of elementary education courses; applicants wishing to specialize in kinesiology should have an undergraduate major or the equivalent in kinesiology or related fields.
Applicants may be required to submit scores for the General Test of the Graduate Record Examinations and/or the Miller Analogies Test.

Admission Requirements for the Ph.D. Degree

The Doctor of Philosophy degree program is intended to give persons of unusual ability and promise the opportunity to become scholars in their areas of specialization. Only outstanding individuals whose experience and background will allow them to carry on a scholarly program and to work professionally at a level commensurate with the degree after its completion are accepted into the program.
Applicants to doctoral programs in education must submit scores for the Graduate Record Examinations General Test. In addition, applicants to some programs may be required to submit scores for the Miller Analogies Test. These tests must have been taken within the last five years. International students may have these test requirements waived by the Admissions Committee of a given program or deferred until after admission.

Special Facilities in the Neag School of Education

Several important services, facilities, and agencies contribute to the scholarship and research experiences of graduate students in education.
There are opportunities in the Reading-Language Arts center for graduate students to pursue research studies of the many problems affecting the teachers of reading at all grade levels. The Institute for Urban School Improvement works with students, educators, school communities, local and state governing bodies, and scholars to meet the needs of urban youth and schools through collaboration and evidence-based practices. The University of Connecticut Center for Educational Policy Analysis serves to inform educational and public policy leaders about the development, analysis, and implementation of educational policies. The Center on Postsecondary Education and Disability educates preprofessionals and professionals in acquiring knowledge and skills and developing state-of-the-art practices in disability services. The Department of Kinesiology has laboratory facilities available for research in these areas: sport biomechanics, exercise physiology, sport disabilities, sport social sciences, and athletic training. In addition, the local public schools of Connecticut cooperate closely with the University and provide opportunities for internships, practica, and field studies.

Graduate Courses

Education courses are listed under the sponsoring departments. Reference should be made to the offerings of the Departments of Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Educational Psychology, Kinesiology, and Physical Therapy.

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