Harvard Graduate School of Education

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Harvard Graduate School of Education
Harvard shield-Education.png
Coat of arms of the School
Type Private
Established 1920
Endowment US$493 million
Dean James E. Ryan
Students 876
Location Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Campus Urban
Website gse.harvard.edu
Longfellow Hall
Larsen Hall

The Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) is one of the graduate schools of Harvard University, and is one of the top schools of education in the United States. It was founded in 1920, when it was the first school to establish the Ed.D. degree.

It offers three doctoral programs: the Doctor of Philosophy in Education (Ph.D.), the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and the Doctor of Educational Leadership (Ed.L.D.). The Ph.D. program replaces the Ed.D. program, which enrolled its final cohort of students in fall 2013.[1][2][3] HGSE also offers thirteen masters programs. These include Master of Arts in Education, Education Policy and Management, Higher Education, International Education Policy, Special Studies, Technology Innovation and Education, Teacher Education, Mind, Brain and Education, Prevention Science and Practice, School Leadership, Human Development and Psychology, Language and Literacy, and Learning and Teaching.

Led by Dean James E. Ryan,[4] the mission of HGSE is to prepare leaders in education and to generate knowledge to improve student opportunity, achievement, and success. It seeks to accomplish this mission by operating at the nexus of practice, policy, and research.

It is associated with the Harvard Education Publishing Group whose imprint is the Harvard Education Press and publishes the Harvard Educational Review.[5]

Notable people[edit]

Current faculty members[edit]

  • [Deborah Jewell-Sherman], is the first woman professor of practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). She served as superintendent of the Richmond (VA) Public Schools from 2002 to 2008 and built a reputation as one of the most successful urban district superintendents in the country.
  • Howard Gardner, John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education
  • Thomas Kane, Professor of Education
  • Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education
  • Jerome Murphy, Harold Howe II Professor of Education
  • Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of Education
  • Julie Reuben, Professor of Education
  • John B. Willett, Charles William Eliot Professor of Education
  • Richard Murnane, Juliana W. and William Foss Thompson Professor of Education and Society

Past faculty members[edit]

Alumni (master's and doctoral)[edit]


  1. ^ "Ph.D. in Education Approved". Harvard.edu Website. Retrieved 2012-05-15. 
  2. ^ "Doctor of Education". Harvard.edu Website. Retrieved 2015-03-12. 
  3. ^ "Doctor of Philosophy in Education". Harvard.edu Website. Retrieved 2015-03-12. 
  4. ^ http://www.gse.harvard.edu/news-impact/2013/06/james-e-ryan-named-hgse-dean/
  5. ^ "Harvard Education Publishing Group". Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Fox, Margalit. "Gerald S. Lesser, Shaper of ‘Sesame Street,’ Dies at 84", The New York Times, October 4, 2010. Accessed October 4, 2010.

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Coordinates: 42°22′32″N 71°07′18″W / 42.37542°N 71.12177°W / 42.37542; -71.12177