Harvard Graduate School of Education

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Harvard Graduate School of Education
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Dean Bridget Terry Long
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United States
Campus Urban
Website gse.harvard.edu

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, [1] 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 . [2] The Monroe C. Gutman Library is the school's primary library and one of its four main buildings.


This school was established in 1920. [3] 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. [4]

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. [5] 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.

Project Zero

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. [6]

Usable Knowledge

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. [7]


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. [8] [9] [10]

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:


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Longfellow Hall

In the 2021 rankings published by U.S. News and World Report , HGSE ranked #1 among all graduate schools of education in the United States. [11]


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Larsen Hall

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.

Notable people

Current faculty members

Past faculty members


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