Letter from the Chair

Welcome to the Education Department at La Salle University. John Baptist de La Salle, the namesake of our institution and the patron saint of teachers, was famed for his pioneering work in teacher education—a heritage that informs our present programming. It is with his legacy in mind that the faculty and staff of the Education Department create and deliver outstanding programs of instruction that lead to teacher certification. The Department enjoys an excellent reputation, throughout the Philadelphia region and beyond, for producing high quality educators who value the linguistic and cultural resources of all schools and communities.

Being one of the first institutions in the country to offer a combined elementary education and special education certification has allowed us to make great strides in understanding how to best prepare educators for all children. Furthermore, our innovative secondary education program emphasizes educational technology, a unique blending of idea technology and product technology, as a framework for instructional decision-making in the secondary education classroom. All education programs emphasize the importance of creativity, intellectual curiosity, cultural responsiveness, and rigor.

Our faculty and staff are innovative experts in their various disciplines and are committed to issues of social justice and equity in education. Nearly all have been classroom teachers and remain closely connected to the real work of schools and teachers through our teacher preparation programs, research, and various projects in K-12 schools. All faculty are fully committed to helping students become reflective, well-prepared teachers.

We are proud to be one of La Salle University’s four pre-professional “points of excellence.” I invite you to take a look through the Education Department offerings on this website to learn more about our faculty and the program in which you are interested. Should you wish to discuss a program with someone or schedule a visit, feel free to contact the Department by calling 215.951.1190.


Laura A. Roy, Ph.D.
Chair and Associate Professor of Education