Welcome from the Dean

Dean Gladis Kersaint
Dean Gladis Kersaint. (Photo Credit: Nathan Oldham)

Thank you for visiting the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. We are proud to be recognized among the top 20 public graduate schools of education in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. We earned this recognition in part through our excellence in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students; our outstanding faculty, who engage in innovative research; and our forward-thinking teacher education programs.

University leadership and philanthropists have supported our work by understanding and believing in the idea that a research university must be engaged in advancing education, and that economic development and social justice is not attainable without a vibrant educational system across the spectrum. Together, we have made strategic investments in people, programs, and technology to accomplish our goals.

Neag School Mission
Our mission is to improve educational and social systems to be more effective, equitable, and just for all. We develop educators, professionals, and scholars; conduct rigorous and relevant research; and engage in reciprocal and responsible partnerships with students, practitioners, policymakers, and community members in Connecticut and around the world.

(Approved by Neag School vote on June 10, 2019)

What we believe and stand for includes the following:

  • Every child deserves a caring, competent, and effective teacher. Our nationally recognized teacher education programs include the five-year Integrated Bachelors/Masters degree (IB/M) program and our postgraduate secondary Teacher Certification Program for College Graduates (TCPCG). These programs are nationally accredited, selective about whom we admit, and demanding in classroom and clinical experiences. As a result, we have high placement and retention rates, and our graduates are among the top performers in passing licensure examinations. In addition, two of our specialty programs are also ranked among the highest in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Special Education and Elementary Teacher Education.
  • Every effective teacher must be supported by an effective leader. Our educational leadership programs have been highlighted nationally as innovative and rigorous. In addition to our University-based programs, we have innovative leadership programs designed in partnership with local school and professional organizations.
  • Every effective school must be staffed by caring, competent, and highly trained professionals able to meet the individualized needs of all children. We are home to programs and centers that facilitate success for all students through challenging and meaningful curricula, such as our well-known school psychology program, our National Center for Research on Gifted Education, and our collaborations with federally funded centers such as the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs Technical Assistance Center for Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports.
  • As a Carnegie-classified RU/VH (very high research activity) University, we must be engaged in leading-edge research that can be directly translated into effective practice. Such research ranges from how to maintain a positive learning environment to how we effectively measure student growth and mastery. It also means we work to disseminate best practices internationally via face-to-face interactions and virtual advanced learning technologies.
  • Tomorrow’s teachers must think globally, as well as locally. Many of our students experience a semester abroad, and faculty are engaged in a wide range of international programs. In some instances, global experiences happen virtually, as with our innovative and acclaimed GlobalEd2 program.
  • While the challenges we face in education are many, we cannot be great in all things. Our strategic areas of national excellence in scholarship have been identified in our Academic Plan to include Equity and Social Justice; STEM Education; Creativity and Innovation; and Educator Quality and Effectiveness. Please review our academic plan, Our Time: UConn’s Neag School of Education’s Path to Excellence, which complements UConn’s plan, Creating Our Future: UConn’s Path to Excellence.

I am proud to be a member of the Neag School leadership team, and whatever your reason for visiting our site, I welcome you to experience all that we have to offer.

Gladis Kersaint, Ph.D.
Dean, Neag School of Education