Welcome to the College of Education & Social Work

Meet the Dean

Desha HeadshotIt is my pleasure to welcome you to the College of Education and Social Work (CESW), where it is our mission to prepare highly-skilled and ethical professionals to become fair-minded critical thinkers and change agents who act with integrity in the pursuit of knowledge and strive for excellence within their professions. The CESW fosters a culture of reflection, evidenced-based practices, intellectual discourse, and respect for human diversity. The CESW empowers students to make a significant impact on the world to improve individual and family lives and strengthening educational, health, or community systems. Our conceptual framework grounds how we approach this work. Read more about the Dean.


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Spotlight on CESW new Associate Dean

Welcome Dr. Maria Earman Stetter, as the new Associate Dean of the College of Education and Social Work.  Dr. Stetter comes to West Chester University after having spent 25+ years working in the Chicago Public Schools system and at Roosevelt University in Chicago. As a Special Education Teacher, who worked with adolescents with learning disabilities and emotional disturbance, she used her background in theatre to help engage them and motivate their learning. She noticed that her students struggled with reading and that was what led her to pursue her doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago.   Read more about the spotlight...


  • Congratulations to the CESW students who received the 1871 Award !  This award recognizes WCU juniors and seniors who are high-achieving in both academic and co-curricular areas.  An award ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, April 15 at 4 pm.
  • The Wall of Honor recognizes alumni the have made significant contributions in the area of counseling, education, or social work. Please nominate a deserving individual.


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