Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development

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NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development
Established 1890
Type Private
Undergraduates 2538
Postgraduates 3346
Location New York City, New York, USA
Dean Dominic Brewer[1]

The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development is one of 18 schools and colleges that make up New York University. The first school of pedagogy in the world, it was founded in 1890 and known as the NYU School of Education prior to 2001.

Located on NYU’s founding campus in Greenwich Village, the Steinhardt School offers bachelor’s, master’s, advanced certificate, and doctoral programs in the fields of applied psychology, art, education, health, media, and music. Its academic programs are consistently ranked among the country’s best.

The school features a unique integration of education, communication, health, and the arts, with collaboration across academic disciplines and a focus on social change. Programs combine rigorous classroom study with local and global hands-on learning opportunities. Students join a strong and supportive community of scholars, working closely with the school’s intellectually adventurous and socially conscious faculty. [2]



Founded in 1890 as the School of Pedagogy, the School soon added courses in psychology, counseling, art, and music. In 1910, it established the first US university chair in experimental education. During the 1920s, enrollment increased from 990 to more than 9500 students. The Education Building on Washington Square opened in 1930 and still serves as the School's home today.

The School was named the Steinhardt School of Education in 2001, in recognition of a $10 million donation, the largest it has ever received, from Michael and Judy Steinhardt. In 2007, the school was renamed the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development to reflect the diversity of its academic programs.


NYU Steinhardt enrolls roughly 5950 students from 67 countries, consisting of approximately 2540 undergraduates, 2820 master’s and advanced certificate students, 390 PhD students, and 140 professional doctorate students. Nearly one-third are people of color and 16% are international students. [3] Its graduate school is NYU’s largest.[4]

In 2013-14, Steinhardt granted 705 undergraduate degrees, 1551 master’s degrees, and 154 doctoral degrees. There are more than 75,000 active Steinhardt alumni.[5]

The school employs 290 full-time faculty in 11 academic departments:

Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology[edit]

The Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology at NYU Steinhardt prepares multimedia specialists, researchers, teaching faculty, and trainers for leadership careers in schools, colleges, non-profit agencies, and business settings. Master’s, doctoral, and advanced certificate programs are offered in Educational Leadership, Educational Communication and Technology, Higher and Postsecondary Education, and Business and Workplace Education. [6]

Department of Applied Psychology[edit]

Focusing on both theory and practical application, Steinhardt’s Department of Applied Psychology employs the intricacies of psychology not only in labs and psychiatric institutions, but also in workplaces, homes, classrooms, and communities. Programs include an undergraduate degree in Applied Psychology; master’s degrees in Counseling and Guidance, Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness, and Human Development and Social Intervention; and doctoral degrees in Counseling Psychology, Psychological Development, and Psychology and Social Intervention. [7]

Department of Art and Art Professions[edit]

Steinhardt’s Department of Art and Art Professions fosters artistic experimentation and intellectual exchange. Its faculty of acclaimed artists, scholars, and critics teach courses that integrate technical skills with theoretical understanding. BFA and MFA programs in Studio Art are interdisciplinary, combining cultural theory with facilities in painting, sculpture, photography, computer art and design, video, ceramics, metalsmithing, and installation. MA programs include Art and Education, Visual Arts Administration, Costume Studies, and Art Therapy. [8]

Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders[edit]

With programs for undergraduate, master’s and doctoral studies, Steinhardt’s Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders prepares students to understand, assess, and treat speech, voice, language, and swallowing disorders. Graduates work in speech-language pathology, medicine, linguistics, education, psychology, audiology, academia, engineering, and the sciences. The department’s state-of-the-art speech-language-hearing disorders clinic provides diagnostic and rehabilitative services to the public. [9]

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Professions[edit]

NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the Professions prepares students for research and teaching in colleges and universities, in government, and in other service organizations. Academic programs include Sociology of Education, History of Education, Education and Social Policy, International Education, Education and Jewish Studies, Education Studies, and Applied Statistics in Social Science Research. [10]

Department of Media, Culture, and Communication[edit]

The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication at NYU Steinhardt offers undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral programs that examine issues of media and culture in the context of globalization. In today’s rapidly changing context of digital media, mobile platforms, global cultural flow, and economic volatility, it sees the intersections of media, culture, and communication as crucial to understanding and navigating an increasingly interconnected world. [11]

Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions[edit]

Established in 1925, Steinhardt’s Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions is home to nearly all of NYU’s music performance degree programs. Nearly 1600 students are enrolled in undergraduate, master’s and doctoral studies in music technology, music business, music composition, film scoring, music performance practices, performing arts therapies, and performing arts education (in music, dance, and drama). Programs integrate performance, research, technology, and practice. [12]

Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health[edit]

The Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at NYU Steinhardt recognizes the fundamental importance of food and nutrition to human well being and pleasure. Undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral degree programs in Nutrition and Dietetics, Food Studies, and Global Public Health offer practical expertise through innovative coursework that draws on the connections between what we consume and how we live. [13]

Department of Occupational Therapy[edit]

Since 1940, the Department of Occupational Therapy has been educating practitioners, scholars, and researchers within a student-centered, experiential learning environment. Degree programs in occupational therapy include an entry-level professional master of science (ranked in the top 10 occupational therapy programs in the country), a post-professional master of arts, a doctor of philosophy, and a doctor of professional studies. [14]

Department of Physical Therapy[edit]

For those just entering the physical therapist profession, NYU Steinhardt’s Department of Physical Therapy prepares students to become evidence-based, ethical practitioners and leaders. For practicing physical therapists, the department offers advanced degrees for post-professional education and training. Academic programs include a doctor of physical therapy, a master of arts with a concentration in pathokinesiology, a research in physical therapy PhD, and a clinical residency program in orthopedic physical therapy. [15]

Department of Teaching and Learning[edit]

Steinhardt’s Department of Teaching and Learning provides students with the skills, creativity, and confidence to thrive as teachers in urban classrooms. Programs integrate practical experience and hands-on knowledge with a rich theoretical understanding of how children learn and how they can best be taught, with student teaching placements in New York City schools. Undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs are available in areas of study such as childhood, literacy, environmental, science, and bilingual education, with initial and professional certification options. [16]

Research Centers and Institutes[edit]

NYU Steinhardt receives research funding exceeding $30 million annually, and its 16 research centers and institutes impact scholarship and policies around the globe.[17]

Center for Health, Identity, Behavior, and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS)[edit]

A leading HIV, substance abuse, and mental health behavior research center focused on the well-being of all people, including sexual, racial, ethnic, and cultural minorities and other marginalized populations, CHIBPS envisions, develops, and enacts research with and for the communities it studies. It trains the future generation of behavioral and public health researchers and works with community partners to conduct research that resides on the hyphen between theory and practice. [18]

Center for the Promotion of Research Involving Innovative Statistical Methodology (PRIISM)[edit]

Offering cutting-edge applied statistical training in a variety of formats, PRIISM improves the caliber of research in quantitative social, educational, behavioral, allied health, and policy science, through Steinhardt and NYU. It collaborates on research projects, trains graduate students, directs discussion groups, and leads a Methods and Seminar Series and a biannual Statistics in Society lecture. [19]

Center for Research on Culture, Development, and Education (CHREO)[edit]

Through the study of higher education outcomes and college student development, CHREO advances research on the effectiveness of higher education at NYU and beyond. Its faculty, research staff, and graduate students specialize in survey design, data collection, and reporting, using methodological approaches to inform complex educational issues and examine student learning. [20]

Child and Family Policy Center[edit]

The Child and Family Policy Center works to bring state-of-the field knowledge about how to promote children's healthy development and school success to the forefront of policymaking, program design, and practice. Faculty and researchers affiliated with the Center conduct research, technical assistance, and research dissemination activities.[21]

Consortium for Research and Evaluation of Advanced Technology (CREATE)[edit]

CREATE engages in research on the design, critique, and evaluation of advanced digital technologies for learning. Projects involve interdisciplinary teams of scholars and developers who bridge basic and applied research, development, and evaluation. CREATE fosters collaboration among scholars within NYU and partnering institutions, nationally and internationally, and provides a range of research opportunities for students at NYU.[22]

Institute for Education and Social Policy (IESP)[edit]

Founded in 1995 as a partnership between Steinhardt and the NYU Wagner School of Public Service, IESP conducts non-partisan scientific research about US education and related social issues. Its research, policy studies, evaluations, seminar series, and technical assistance inform and support policy makers, educators, parents, and others in their efforts to improve public schooling. [23]

Institute for Globalization and Education[edit]

The Institute for Globalization and Education facilitates the progress of UN member countries towards global development goals related to early childhood development, learning, and education. Strategies include capacity-building for systems leaders in child and youth development and education and improvement of policy implementation and program quality in local, national, and regional contexts. [24]

Institute of Human Development and Social Change (IHDSC)[edit]

The largest interdisciplinary research center on NYU’s Washington Square campus, IHDSC supports more than 40 faculty affiliates from the social, behavioral, and health sciences in studying how social forces such as globalization, technology, and immigration affect human development. Through seminars, conferences, research projects, and pre-doctoral training programs, the Institute brings together a network of faculty, researchers, and students. [25]

The Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and Transformation of Schools (Metro Center)[edit]

The Metro Center focuses on educational research, policy, and practice, strengthening access, opportunity, and quality of education by providing leadership and support to students, parents, teachers, administrators, and policy makers. The Center is directed by Dr. Pedro Noguera, the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education and professor of Teaching and Learning. Its programs serve more than 5,000 classroom staff impacting 125,000 students. [26]

Multinational Institute of American Studies[edit]

The Institute conducts short-term, non-credit programs and supports research on educational and cultural exchange between the United States and other countries, providing a more accurate understanding of the US. More than 1,000 foreign educators, government officials, journalists, diplomats, and business people from more than 100 countries have participated in the Institute’s programs. [27]

The Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy[edit]

The Nordoff-Robbins Center for Music Therapy provides clinical, professional, and public services through its treatment, training, and research programs, which include an outpatient program for children and adolescents as well as individual and group therapy sessions for children and adults. Its clinical staff is comprised of professionally credentialed and licensed music therapists who have completed an advanced clinical training program. The Center operates as part of NYU Steinhardt’s graduate program in music therapy. [28]

The Reading Recovery Program Northeast Regional Site[edit]

Reading Recovery is a short-term early literacy intervention designed to accelerate progress and lift achievement levels for the low-performing first-grade students. Students receive 30 minutes of daily, one-on-one instruction from a trained Reading Recovery teacher for 12 to 20 weeks. NYU Steinhardt is the primary teacher leader training site for Reading Recovery in NY and NJ. Since 1999, NYU has served approximately 119,000 children through the program. [29]

The Research Alliance for New York City Schools[edit]

The Research Alliance conducts rigorous studies on topics that matter to New York City’s public schools. It maintains a unique archive of longitudinal data on city schools and communities and advances educational equity by providing non-partisan evidence about policies and practices that promote student development and academic success. [30]

The Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy[edit]

The Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy defines and assesses challenges facing colleges and universities. Its programs encourage collaboration between scholars, institutional leaders, and policymakers, raise public awareness about the importance of higher education as an institution that both reflects and influences social, cultural, racial, and economic differences. [31]

Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental Education[edit]

The Wallerstein Collaborative promotes environmental literacy and sustainability by working with K-12 educators, graduate students, and college faculty. The Collaborative conducts year-round programs for public school teachers to incorporate environmental education opportunities in their classrooms, provides environmental education opportunities for pre-service teachers, and introduce educators to resources and strategies to implement environmental education across all grade levels and curriculum areas. [32]


Rehearsal and performance facilities of the NYU Steinhardt on campus include the Frederick Loewe Theatre (300 seats), the Provincetown Playhouse (88 seats), and the Black Box Theatre (74 seats), as well as many smaller practice and rehearsal sites at the school.

Deans of Steinhardt[edit]

Notable Alumni[edit]

Department of Applied Psychology

Department of Media, Culture, and Communication

Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions:

Department of Teaching and Learning:

Notable faculty have included the late Neil Postman, guitarist John Scofield, singer Meg Bussert, and the pianist and composer Jacob Weinberg.[33]

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