Cecily Scavicchio

Meet Cecily '12
4th grade school teacher

Ali DeTolla

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3rd grade school teacher

Dr. Mary Beth Yount

Meet Dr. Mary Beth Yount
Associate Professor,
Theological Studies

Welcome to Neumann University’s School of Education and Human Services!

I am new to Neumann University and am thrilled to be part of the Neumann community and excited about my role as Dean of the School of Education and Human Services. The mission and values of Neumann University are consistent with my personal philosophy, values and goals. I have taught at the elementary and college levels, teaching undergraduate through doctoral-level courses. Throughout my 30 years as an educator, I have worked to challenge inequities both in the public schools and in broader society. My beliefs about the purpose of education, the role of schools and teachers, and best teaching practices are grounded in my belief in the dignity of every living being. This belief is what calls me to advocate for a more just and equitable educational system for all students and a more just and equitable society for all people.

In our School you will find:

  • The Undergraduate Program in Social Work
  • The Department of Education which oversees:
    • Undergraduate Programs in Teacher Education
    • Graduate Programs in Education
    • The Child Development Center (CDC)
  • The Department of Theological and Pastoral Studies which oversees:
    • Graduate programs in Pastoral Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    • Undergraduate Courses in Theology

Our Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program prepares baccalaureate-level Social Work students within the Catholic Franciscan framework, providing them with the knowledge, values and skills necessary to engage in generalist social work practice.

Perhaps you are interested in beginning college and pursuing a degree in Early Elementary (Grades PK-4) and Special Education, or in Secondary Education (Grades 7-12). Our undergraduate programs in Education provide a solid foundation of theory, best practices and current research combined with a robust field experience sequence starting in the freshman year.

Our graduate programs in Education, at the master’s level, offers a fully online Master of Education degree as well as a number of different tracks for state certification, endorsements, professional development and/or career advancement.

If you are an experienced educational professional looking for the opportunity to advance in the field or further develop your expertise, the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership program prepares students to demonstrate the leadership to implement effective school-based action plans; assess the needs and accomplishments of students and faculty; and participate in curriculum development and evaluation.

In addition to its education programming, the School is home to the Department of Theological and Pastoral Studies, which offers minors in theology, as well as a CACREP-accredited, clinically oriented M.S. in Pastoral Clinical Mental Health Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision.

The PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision with Spiritual and Pastoral Integration is an advanced studies degree integrating spiritual perspectives with the practice of clinical counseling and psychotherapy. It is designed to further prepare students to work as counselor educators, supervisors, consultants, mental health advocates, researchers and advanced practitioners in academic and clinical settings.

The Neumann University Vision Statement reminds us that “our outreach embraces ideals and actions which enhance individuals personally and which have a structural impact on the community, the Church and the global environment. Our School helps bring this vision alive through our Child Development Center and our Programs for Early Childhood Practitioners.

Faculty in the School of Education and Human Services are accessible and approachable, ensuring students experience a uniquely personal education while at Neumann. We live the Catholic Franciscan tradition through our teaching and through our relationships with students and their families.  Our work with students in and beyond the classroom reflects our commitment to the Neumann University values, known campus-wide as RISES: respect, reverence, integrity, service, excellence, and stewardship.

In the School of Education and Human Services, faculty believe that education is a vehicle through which learners can become who they were created to be, and that education is essential to individual happiness and to democratic community. We believe in education that shows us the creative power of hope and teaches us the peace that comes from justice. Through such education, students become engaged citizens, actively participating in society as we work together for social justice.

We look forward to answering any questions you have and to welcoming you into Neumann University’s School of Education and Human Services.

Amy Gratch Hoyle, Ph.D.

Professor, Dean of the School of Education and Human Services