Professional & Secondary Ed


Professional and Secondary
Education Office
206C Recitation Hall
FAX: 610-436-3102



“Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” -Paulo Freire
“Leaders who do not act dialogically, but insist on imposing their decisions, do not organize the people-they manipulate them. They do not liberate, nor are they liberated: they oppress.” -Paulo Freire
“One of the most positive outcomes is a commitment to “radical openness” the will to explore different perspectives and change one's mind as new information is presented.” -bell hooks

If you are interested in the development of empowered and impactful teaching methods, the creation of inspired and meaningful educational programs, and examining the transformative potential of education, then you have come to the right place!

In designing this program, our department faculty included a more critical theoretical foundation from which our students can make an honest analysis of the issues and ideologies confronting contemporary education, identify contradictions and points of concern, and construct transformative programs and practices in response. In doing so, students will reflect on their own experiences in order to identify and challenge the common assumptions underlying the dominant educational philosophies today. This unique approach seeks to close the gap between theory and practice and by integrating the ideals of freedom and critical democratic engagement into education. In short, we believe that real change is necessary and, furthermore, we believe that such change is always generated from the grassroots up - such change must begin with teachers.

What we will promise is a very meaningful, personal, and rewarding experience for educators who, in spite of these trying times, still hold to what drove them into teaching: to have a positive impact on their students and the world we all share with them. Our program envisions the preparation and inspiration of empowered educators - transformative intellectuals - who create and share knowledge and strategies to improve the quality of life for their students, schools, and communities.

Once again, I welcome you on behalf of our Department faculty and staff. I encourage you to communicate with us about your interest in our program. We are excited to meet with you and answer any questions you might have. I hope your browsing experience is informative and helpful.

With warmest regards,

John Elmore, Ph.D.

John Elmore, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Department Chairperson