Location: Harkins Hall 217
Brian M. McCadden, Ph.D., Dean
The School of Professional Studies is composed of the undergraduate programs in education (secondary and elementary/special education), health policy and management, and social work. Included within the school are the graduate programs of school administration, counseling, literacy, urban teaching, and special education (elementary and secondary). In addition, the College offers a two-year, secondary education Providence Alliance for Catholic Teachers (PACT) master’s program designed for college graduates willing to live in faith-based communities and teach in inner-city New England Catholic schools. Upon completion of a graduate program, students receive an M.Ed. degree. The school also offers a middle level certificate program which prepares certified teachers to teach at the middle school level.
The programs adhere to the mission of Providence College and their stress on values focuses on moral and spiritual growth. We are committed to creating for students an environment that is grounded in mutual trust, shared responsibility, and open communication. Within the context of the liberal arts, the School of Professional Studies supports the practical role of preparing students for a career. We are dedicated to providing students an academic program that allows them a realization of their vocation as well as a strong commitment to scholarship. The interest of all our programs in preparing individuals who are dedicated to servicing and improving the lives of the people in their community is paramount.
The social work major at Providence College requires 600 hours of professionally supervised internships in community health and human services organizations and is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Health Policy and Management requires a structured field experience and favors an interdisciplinary approach to the study of health and health care. All education programs offered at Providence College have been approved by the Rhode Island State Department of Education. Program graduates are eligible for teacher certification in Rhode Island, as well as over 40 other states and territories.