Departments
Foundations of Education

The Department of Foundations of Education provides multi-disciplinary, liberal education perspectives that undergird all programs in the School of Education. Our contribution is based on the premise that the preparation of effective educational practitioners requires fundamental, deep understanding of the broader perspectives that are represented by research and theory in psychological, cultural, philosophical, historical and ethical areas of inquiry.

As such, Foundations provides an essential link between practice and theory that makes effective reflection and decision-making possible. By facilitating a rich contextual understanding of contemporary educational issues and practices, Foundations enhances the ability of educators to be reflective decision makers who make effective use of complex judgments and critical thinking. Our goal is to prepare educators for intelligent, responsible leadership in a variety of educational careers and settings for teaching, research, administration and policy-making.

Foundations plays an integral part of the Ph.D. in Education program by teaching required courses in foundations of research, research methods, and other elective courses, by active participation on dissertation committees, and by responsibility for three concentrations (research and evaluation; educational psychology; and curriculum, culture, and change) of the program. The curriculum, culture, and change doctoral concentration is an interdepartmental collaboration between the Foundations of Education and Teaching and Learning departments. The track uses a blend of theory and practice to work toward positive social and educational change across a wide range of institutions, systems and contexts.

Foundations also has responsibility for the Metropolitan Educational Research Consortium (MERC), a partnership between VCU and eight Richmond area school divisions that conducts and disseminates applied research.

Our mission

The Department of Foundations of Education is committed to preparing educators and scholars for critical, reflective, and responsible work in education, enhancing the knowledge base in our varied disciplines through research and scholarship, and engaging in service to the broader community.

In accordance with this mission, the department offers multi­disciplinary perspectives that are the pillars on which all programs in the School of Education are based.

It is our core belief that the preparation of effective educational practitioners and scholars requires deep understanding of the broader perspectives that are represented by research and theory in psychological, cultural, philosophical, historical, and ethical areas of inquiry.

Contact us

For more information about the department or our programs, please feel free to contact us at (804) 828-3738 or stop by our offices (Room 4064C in Oliver Hall).

Mailing address
VCU School of Education, Department of Foundations of Education
Oliver Hall, Room 4064C
P.O. Box 842020
1015 Main Street
Richmond, VA 23284-2020