Dean’s Office

College Leadership Team (C&I Dept. Chair Lisa Gonsalves, Associate Dean Felicia Wilczenski, Dean Joe Berger, CSP Dept. Chair Tak Minami, LIE Dept. Chair Tara Parker, Director Student Services Center Aimee D’Avignon, Assistant Dean Denise McNair, Director of Assessment, Accreditation and Licensure Tyra Lopes-Mendes)

Message from Dean Joseph B. Berger

Welcome to the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at UMass Boston.  At CEHD we are deeply committed to enhancing education and lifelong learning through high quality, socially just, and inclusive teaching, research, and community engagement. Our work informs and is informed by our urban home advancing our understanding and practice of education in an urban context while engaging our students as they prepare to enter increasingly complex and diverse communities as professionals in education.  Through research, teaching and community engagement, the CEHD faculty, staff and students make a significant impact in addressing educational equity, inclusion, achievement and well-being both locally and globally.

CEHD relies on strong partnerships in local schools and agencies to enhance the experience of our students while simultaneously contributing to the quality of education in those settings.  Graduates of our programs assume roles of responsibility and leadership in PreK-12 classrooms, schools and school districts, colleges and universities, research centers, and community agencies.  By translating research into action, the role of culture and community in education, and reflective practice, our graduates are prepared to guide the development of students and build on the strengths and assets of communities.  

CEHD is nationally-accredited and the proud home of three academic departments – Curriculum and InstructionCounseling and School Psychology, and Leadership in Education.  Each department offers a broad range of opportunities from Massachusetts state licensure programs, Master’s and Doctoral degrees, and Certificates of Advanced Graduate Study, as well as undergraduate teacher preparation.  CEHD also provides leadership for 3 Centers and Institutes - the Center for Science and Mathematics in Context (COSMIC), the Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation, and the Institute for International and Comparative Education.

We invite you to become involved with our vibrant community of talented students, outstanding faculty members, dedicated staff, and engaged community partners as we work together to transform lives through the continuous enhancement of education and lifelong learning.