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Education Department

What We Do:

Infused with Jesuit values of learning, service, and social justice, The Department of Education at The University of Scranton is committed to developing informed, inquiring, skilled education professionals.

We also provide continued professional growth for practicing educators, assist in the educational growth of students in area schools, and foster the advancement of knowledge through research in education.

How We Stand Out:

  • Commitment to service
  • Jesuit principles
  • Use of classroom technology embedded in classes
  • Hands-on training
  • Strong interaction with area school districts
  • Accessible, experienced professors serve as role models for future teachers
  • Small class sizes
  • Seniors complete the edTPA assessment


Undergraduate Degree Options:

Bachelor of Science in Education

 (Note: all three options lead to Pennsylvania teacher certification)

 Minor in Educational Studies

 Graduate Degree Options:

 Accelerated M.S. Degree Programs are also available.

 Certifications in:

Note: Agreements between Pennsylvania and selected states assure courses taken will be considered when applying for certification in most states.

Meet Our Faculty:

Graduating students cite “excellent professors” as one of the greatest strengths of the undergraduate education program.

Our experienced and caring professors serve as role models to future teachers through small class settings, research collaborations, and informal advising.

Dr. Maria Oreshkina


Department Chair

Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Programs

M.S., Moscow State Pedagogical University
Candidate of Pedagogical Science, Moscow State Pedagogical University
Ph.D., The University of Tennessee

Phone: 570-941-6244
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Dr. Darryl De Marzio


Associate Professor

B.A., Drew University
M.A., Montclair State University
M.Phil., Ph.D., Columbia University

Phone: 570-941-5438
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Dr. Jennifer Kaschak


Assistant Professor

B.A., Illinois Wesleyan University
M.A., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Ph.D., Columbia University

Phone: 570-941-4032
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Dr. Tata Mbugua



B.A., Nairobi University
M.A., Ph.D., Ohio University

Phone: 570-941-5884
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Dr. Sandy Pesavento


Faculty Specialist-Educational Technology

B.S., Marywood University
M.Ed., Wilkes University
Ed.D-Wilkes University

Phone: 570-941-6219
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Dr. Catherine Richmond-Cullen


Assistant Professor


Phone: 570-941-4192
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Inside the Classroom:

Our curriculum is complemented by hands-on field experience and student-teaching placements, an emphasis on teaching with technology, and service-learning and professional development opportunities influenced by our Jesuit tradition.

  • Training in a variety of teaching approaches
  • New and emerging technologies are used to enhance learning
  • Seminar groups during student teaching
  • Students learn theoretical and practical information, from writing lesson plans through evaluating student success

Hands-On Experience:

We collaborate with school districts all around Lackawanna County, as well as private schools and day care centers, to provide exceptional placements for our students. As early as freshman year, students can gain field experience observing and working in classrooms. 

Student teaching allows students to put their learning to the test, working in a real classroom alongside professional teachers. Note, students must log a minimum of 190 hours of field experience before receiving a student-teaching placement.

Career Outcomes:

Scranton education graduates are ready to TEACH! Some of the areas in which alumni are working include:

  • Pre-school programs
  • Public schools
  • Private or parochial schools
  • “Cyber” schools
  • Prison systems
  • Military bases

Graduates have been hired for positions including:

  • Teacher
  • Instructional Aide
  • Co-Teacher
  • Cyber Charter School Teacher
  • Teacher Assistant
  • AmeriCorps Employee
  • Paraprofessional/Learning Support Aide
  • Child Advocacy Law
  • Operation Teach
  • Reading Specialist
  • Co-Head Teacher
  • Cruise Ship Childcare Director
  • Nanny
  • AmeriCorps Employee
  • Teach for America Instructor
  • Observer and Assistant
  • Permanent Substitute

Examples of schools employing Scranton graduates include:

  • KIPP Gaston College Preparatory in Gaston, North Carolina
  • Phoenix Academy Lawrence in Lawrence, Massachusetts
  • Add others

Students often continue their education at graduate level. For example, a recent Scranton alum is pursuing a law degree in child advocacy at (add name of law school).


Pennsylvania Department of Education