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In 1947, the University of San Francisco began a Department of Education that originally enrolled twenty-two secondary credential students. After significant enrollment growth and program development, the Department of Education was upgraded to the School of Education by the USF Board of Trustees in 1972. By the 2022-2023 academic year, there were more than one thousand students enrolled in the School of Education in a wide range of doctoral, master’s, credential, and certificate programs.

The School of Education celebrated its 50th anniversary during the 2022-23 academic year, during which it offered eighteen master’s and credential programs to prepare teachers, counselors, and leaders to promote student success and to strengthen the community. Students could pursue a master’s degree with a credential or a credential alone while completing an undergraduate degree. The school also offered four doctoral programs: Catholic Educational Leadership, Organization and Leadership, International and Multicultural Education, and Learning and Instruction. The various degree and credential programs were complemented by numerous community engagement opportunities and several certificate programs in technology, reading, teaching English to speakers of other languages, Catholic leadership, and bilingual authorization.

This monograph will chronicle the history of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. It is a story of how faculty, administrators, students, and alumni were guided by Jesuit principles of social justice, a commitment to inclusive academic excellence, and a belief that education is a powerful means to make the world a better place.