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The Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) is one of the graduate schools of Harvard University and one of the top schools of education in the United States. It was founded in 1920, when it was the first school to establish the EdD degree. Led by Dean Bridget Terry Long, the mission of HGSE is to prepare leaders in education and to generate knowledge to improve student opportunity, achievement, and success. It seeks to accomplish this mission by operating at the nexus of practice, policy, and research.
It is associated with the Harvard Education Publishing Group whose imprint is the Harvard Education Press and publishes the Harvard Educational Review. The Monroe C. Gutman Library is the school's primary library and one of its four main buildings.
This school was established in 1920. 29 years prior to its establishment, Harvard President Charles W. Eliot appointed Paul Henry Hanus to begin the formal study of education as a discipline at Harvard. However, at that time the focus was not on establishing education as an academic discipline at Harvard. Instead, the concern was on proper college preparation for students attending secondary education in public schools. As a result, education became a formal division within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in 1906 before the rebirth of the division into a separate Harvard faculty in 1920.
In the next year, HGSE became the first school to grant a doctor of education (Ed.D.) degree which provided rigorous research training that equipped graduates with the knowledge and skills to have a broad impact in the worlds of policy and practice. The faculty has grown ever since. In 1949, the Laboratory of Human Development (now the Human Development and Psychology Program) was established to examine the psychological development of children in their families and communities. Two years later, the Masters of Arts in Teaching degree was offered by HGSE, followed by the Administrative Career Program.
Nelson Goodman founded Project Zero in 1967 to explore a basic research project in artistic cognition and artistic education. This project developed into a bigger scope ever since included being directed by Howard Gardner. Numerous research findings are converted into practice through modules, from thinking routines to learning rubrics that can be freely accessed.
Originally developed by faculty members Kurt Fischer and Joe Blatt, the aim of Usable Knowledge is to be a resource for educators who hope to put HGSE research learnings into practice. 
HGSE offers two doctoral programs: the Doctor of Philosophy in Education (PhD) and the Doctor of Education Leadership (EdLD). The PhD program replaced the EdD program, which enrolled its final cohort of students in fall 2013.
Master's in Education
HGSE also offers five highly selective master's programs with five rigorous concentrations, as well as licensure programs and certificates in advanced study. These five programs were introduced in the 2020 curriculum reformation:
- Education Leadership, Organizations, and Entrepreneurship
- Education Policy and Analysis
- Human Development and Education
- Learning Design, Innovation, and Technology
- Teaching and Teacher Leadership (currently not accepting applications)
HGSE takes possession of Longfellow Hall from Radcliffe College in 1962. The learning activities, along with the library and office were also moved to Longfellow's basement. Larsen Hall was dedicated in 1963, completed in 1965, operating as the new classroom and research center of HGSE.
In Spring 1972, Gutman Library started to open as the first library built at HGSE since its establishment. It is the third major building on the HGSE campus.
Current faculty members
- Catherine E. Snow, Patricia Albjerg Graham Professor of Education
- Felipe Barrera-Osorio, associate professor of education and economics
- Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of Education
- Howard Gardner, John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education
- Jerome Murphy, Harold Howe II Professor of Education
- John B. Willett, Charles William Eliot Professor of Education
- Julie Reuben, professor of education
- Richard Murnane, Juliana W. and William Foss Thompson Professor of Education and Society
- Richard Weissbourd, senior lecturer of education
- Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Emily Hargroves Fisher Professor of Education
- Thomas Kane, professor of education
Past faculty members
- Carol Gilligan
- Charles V. Willie, Charles William Eliot Professor of Education, Emeritus
- Gerald S. Lesser, psychologist who played a major role in developing the educational programming included in Sesame Street.
- Israel Scheffler
- James E. Ryan, former dean; Charles William Eliot Professor of Education; current president of the University of Virginia
- Kathleen McCartney, former dean; Gerald S. Lesser Professor in Early Childhood Education; current president of Smith College
- Lawrence Kohlberg
- Patricia Graham, professor of education
- Robert Kegan William and Miriam Meehan Professor in Adult Learning and Professional Development
- Andrew McCollum, co-founder of Facebook; angel investor
- James McGreevey, former New Jersey state governor
- Martha Minow, dean, Harvard Law School
- Dianne Morales (born 1967), non-profit executive and political candidate
- Anne Sweeney, president, Disney-ABC Television Group
- Carl Gershman, president of the National Endowment for Democracy
- Deborah Bial, founder and president of the Posse Foundation
- Denise Juneau, superintendent of Seattle Public Schools; former Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction
- Elizabeth Dole, former United States Senator from North Carolina and wife of Bob Dole
- Geoffrey Canada, founder, Harlem Children's Zone
- Guadalupe Guerrero, superintendent of Portland Public Schools
- Jason Kamras, 2005 National Teacher of the Year and superintendent of Richmond Public Schools
- Joanne V. Creighton, former president of Mount Holyoke College
- Jodi Picoult, American author
- Joseph Lekuton, Kenyan politician
- Lorna Hodgkinson, Australian educator; first woman to receive an Ed.D. from HGSE
- Michael Johnston, Colorado state senator, co-founder of New Leaders for New Schools
- Neal Baer, executive producer, Law and Order: SVU; former executive producer and writer, ER
- Nínive Clements Calegari, CEO of 826 National and founding executive director of 826 Valencia
- Robyn Ochs, bisexual and LGBT rights activist, speaker
- Timothy Lannon, president of Creighton University
- Theodore R. Sizer, dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education (1964-1972); headmaster, Phillips Andover Academy (1972-1981); founder of the Coalition of Essential Schools, Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University, and Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School; author of numerous books on public education reform
- Clint Smith, writer and educator
- Sandra Sucher, business executive; professor, Harvard Business School
- Joan Wexler, dean and president of Brooklyn Law School
- Peggy R. Williams, former president of Ithaca College
- Frank H. Wu, president of Queens College, City University of New York
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