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The first class

While the Johns Hopkins School of Education (SOE) was established in 2007, its origins can be traced back to the 1909 founding of the university's College Courses for Teachers, later renamed College for Teachers. 

Focused on addressing the professional development needs of the region’s educators, the school was thus defined by community outreach—primarily to urban communities—and part-time programs. This mission paved the way for expanded offerings to business and technology professionals, as well as to applied research and partnership activities with the region’s business, education and governmental communities. 

By 1947, the school’s part-time programs were consolidated into McCoy College, later known as the Evening College and Summer Session. In 1984, the school was again renamed the School of Continuing Studies and, in 1999, the School of Professional Studies in Business and Education (SPSBE).

In addition to being one of the oldest academic units of the university, the school was the first at Homewood to enroll female undergraduates, the first to offer Hopkins degrees for working professionals on a part-time basis and the first to offer Hopkins degrees at multiple sites throughout the region. The school also led the university in the evolution and implementation of part-time, flexible-format programs to advance lifelong, professional learning, and welcomed many military men and women returning home after wartime service to pursue their education on the GI bill.

In January 2007, thanks to a generous gift from Trustee Emeritus William Polk Carey, SPSBE split into two schools -- the Carey Business School and School of Education. In the wake of the split, the School of Education found itself in the unique position of being simultaneously one of the oldest and newest units at Johns Hopkins.

The School of Education quickly took its place as a national leader in education through research and teaching, and is today ranked among the top graduate schools of education in the nation by U.S. News & World ReportThe school typically awards more than 500 master’s degrees in education annually, enrolls approximately 2,000 students and employs approximately 55 full-time faculty. Classes are offered online and at the Baltimore Homewood, Columbia and Montgomery County locations.  

For more information, contact Dave DeFusco, communications manager, at dave.defusco@jhu.edu.