School of Education

College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Rigorous Preparation for Developing Lifelong Learners

In the School of Education, you’ll develop the skills you need to inspire a lifetime love of learning in children of all ages. In small classes with experienced faculty, you’ll: 

  • Study high-impact strategies for instruction.
  • Use technology to engage students and support their learning.
  • Explore methods to assess learning.
  • Build inclusive learning environments where all students thrive.

Through your courses and fieldwork, you’ll develop a deep understanding of ethics and responsibility in education.

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Undergraduate Programs

Whether you want to work with students in elementary or secondary school, or with students who have learning differences, our supportive faculty and staff will help you reach your goals. They will guide you as you choose coursework, find meaningful fieldwork and student teaching experiences, and prepare for teacher certification.

(I) = In-Person    (O) = Online

A Bachelor of Arts degree is offered in:

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Graduate Programs

New and experienced educators will find a collaborative and rewarding learning environment, with fellow students who work in classrooms worldwide. In online classes that fit your schedule, you’ll explore your chosen content area and emerging trends in education. You’ll apply your knowledge in intensive field experiences at accredited schools near you.

(I) = In-Person    (O) = Online

A Master of Education is offered in:

A Graduate Certificate is offered in:

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Meet the Dean

Dr. Matthew Konieczka
Dr. Matthew Konieczka
Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

(603) 899-4356
Dr. Matthew Konieczka is a dedicated and collegial leader with more than a decade of experience as an administrator and faculty member in the humanities. He most recently served as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Newbury College in Brookline, Massachusetts, where he helped develop and implement a new general education core curriculum and first-year seminar on “Foundations of Liberal Arts.” His responsibilities have included supervising adjunct faculty and promoting student retention.  
Dr. Konieczka earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and his M.A. in Philosophy from Northern Illinois University. He earned his B.A. in Liberal Studies in the Great Books from Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire.

Meet the Director 

Dr. Joan A. Swanson

Dr. Joan A. Swanson
Director, School of Education

(603) 899-4201


Joan A. Swanson, Ph.D.,  Associate Professor of Education. Dr. Swanson earned a B.S. from Indiana Wesleyan University, an M.S. from McDaniel College, and her Ph.D. from the University at Albany. Dr. Swanson is a certified teacher in New York State and brings 19 years of teaching experience from grade school through college aged classrooms. Dr. Swanson’s professional research interests include the impact of technology on instruction and learning, adolescent and emerging adult development, and play.


Our dedicated faculty are at the heart of providing academic instruction and a Pierce education. Learn more about our knowledgeable faculty and their areas of study.

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