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School of Education

Howard University’s commitment to preparing educational leaders dates back to 1890. Howard University’s School of Education (HUSOE), an NCATE accredited institution, has been quietly actualizing its mission to improve and expand educational opportunity and access, particularly for African Americans and other underserved communities for nearly a century and a half.



The mission of Howard University’s School of Education is to be a leader in:

  • preparing dynamic teachers, researchers, educational leaders, and human services professionals committed to improve teaching, learning, and research in urban and other diverse settings;
  • conducting multidisciplinary research and disseminating findings that inform policy and practice relevant to Black populations and other underserved groups;
  • analyzing and influencing educational and social policies to empower individuals, families, schools, and communities; and
  • promoting social justice, educational access, and opportunities for Black and underserved populations locally, nationally, and globally.


Core Values

Advocacy is at the core of HUSOE’s preparation programs which equip graduates to be leaders of change, reflective practitioners, and engaged researchers. Graduates are steeped in a knowledge base that is designed to eradicate the effects of racism in education and human service delivery.


Major Initiative: The Urban Superintendents Academy

In an effort to increase ethnic diversity among U.S. school district superintendents, the Howard University School of Education (HUSOE) partnered with the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), a 13,000-member organization of U.S. school district superintendents, to create and launch the Urban Superintendents Academy. The Urban Superintendents Academy will offer current and aspiring school superintendents a revolutionary new approach to ensure success in urban schools as well as recruit a new generation of minority educators to the superintendent rank.


Key themes of the Academy include:

  • Mentors, who are current and former urban school superintendents;
  • A consistent emphasis on “problems of practice,” enabling participating cohorts to investigate potential solutions for universal and site-specific problems, issues and dilemmas facing urban school superintendents today;
  • Engaging coursework options at Howard University which link professional development, relevant clinical experiences and contact with urban school board leaders via the Council for Urban Boards of Education (CUBE).


Giving Opportunities

Fundraising priorities include:

  • Student Aid Campaign / Student Scholarships
  • Student Scholar Fund
  • Miner Building Fund

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