Education Honors Convocation

Knowledge Joined with Love. This principle of the great Franciscan St. Bonaventure inspires and guides Alvernia's education programs. Join us and experience the power of education in the Franciscan tradition: compassionate, caring, and transformative.

Education Department Mission

The Education Department, rooted in a proud Franciscan heritage, is dedicated to providing instruction in educational theory balanced with current classroom practices. Our education programs focus on a values-centered approach toward the preparation of caring, highly-qualified candidates uniquely prepared to address the needs of the diverse populations in today’s schools. 

The Education Department offers programs for a broad range of educators, from aspiring to licensed teachers to educational administrators. Prepare to transform children's lives and advance your professional career by pursuing a bachelor's of education degree, teaching certification, master of education degree, or superintendent's letter of eligibility. All programs are accredited by the Pennsylvania State Department of Education.

Our education professors offer students their experience in PK-12 and higher education, innovative instructional approaches, educational research, and inspiring mentorship. We are here for all educators - aspiring, novice, and seasoned - who come to Alvernia's education programs to grow as ethical leaders with moral courage to do well and do good.

Full-time education faculty


Adjunct education faculty

  • Dr. Corey Jones, Principal of Wyomissing Junior Senior High School
  • Dr. Christopher Trickett, Superintendent of Wilson School District
  • Dr. Andrew Hoffert, Assistant Superintendent of Wilson School District
  • Ms. Dawn Harris, Assistant Superintendent of Exeter School District

Questions? Contact:

Dr. Lucinda Schaeffer
Chair, Education Department

Education Programs

Early Childhood Education Program Earns A from NCTQ Report
Education Program earns top national ranking
Alvernia is one of three universities in Pennsylvania and 23% nationwide that earned an “A” for preparing students to teach reading in latest report of the National Council on Teacher Quality.
Morgan Mathieu
Why Choose Alvernia?
"Integrity, equality and compassion – these are only a few of the unwavering principles instilled within Alvernia education programs. My program prepared me to make a real difference within my community. At Alvernia, you are the change. Through various field placements and endless opportunities to volunteer, we are able to actually see the impact we make! Through our rigorous courses, education majors are well-prepared to confront difficult questions, effectively manage a classroom, and make an impact on young minds."

— Morgan Mathieu '24