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Message From The Dean

Welcome to the Evelyn Reid Syphax School of Education, Psychology, and Interdisciplinary Studies

Welcome to the Evelyn Syphax School of Education, Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies. Our three departments of teacher education, psychology, and social work develop teachers, mental health practitioners, and social workers, who are dedicated to improving humanity, and prepared to handle the challenges that well-prepared practitioners might face in the coming decades. This is accomplished by offering a curriculum that helps our students understand what it means be professionals who develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to meet the demands of an ever-changing global economy. We offer small class sizes, which assists our professors in mentoring and advising our student population while building lifelong relationships in the process.

We are a dynamic school with bachelor’s degree programs in education, psychology, and social work that prepare students for further graduate study. Also, we offer a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Curriculum and Instruction with three tracks: elementary education, special education, and urban education. Our Weekend College program allows students with a bachelor’s degree to obtain teacher certification in elementary education, special education, and secondary education. The accelerated degree program, which offers a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, is designed for students with the desire to enter into the education field, who already have 45 or more college credits. We also house VUU’s Center for the Study of the Urban Child, which serves as an informational clearinghouse for professionals who are actively involved in the work of improving the lives of urban youth via activism, education and intervention.

Upon completion of their degree, our graduates go on to become: teachers, educational consultants, literacy coaches, librarians, media specialists, curriculum directors, guidance counselors, case managers, drug/substance abuse counselors, residential youth counselors, behavioral health technicians, psychiatric technicians, habilitation specialists, mental health assistants, group home workers, residential counselors, teaching parents, program coordinators, activity directors, workshop directors, and more.

We are proud of the meaningful and important ways in which our students are impacting Virginia and the surrounding region. For 150 years we have educated students who have gone on to make a difference in the world. I believe the best is yet to come as the Syphax School of Education, Psychology, and Interdisciplinary Studies moves forward with new, innovative initiatives and a renewed mission to reach and enrich the lives of those it serves. I am privileged to work with such a distinguished faculty and staff in the three departments, who are passionate about teaching, research, and service. In this time of new literacies and global perspectives, our faculty and staff will to continue to work together to promote best practices in research and instruction.

If you have any questions, comments, or would like more information about our school, please email me at daadewuyi@vuu.edu. In addition, I personally invite you to schedule a campus visit, or observe a class, so you can help spread the word about the intellectual revival that is taking place here.

Sincerely,

David Aderemi ADEWUYI, Ph.D.

Professor of English Education

Dean of the Evelyn Reid Syphax School of Education, Psychology and Interdisciplinary Studies