The mission of Manhattan College and the School of Education and Health is to provide a contemporary, student-centered education that embodies the Lasallian traditions of excellence in scholarship and teaching, respect for individual dignity, and commitment to social justice. The specific mission of the School of Education and Health is to prepare self-directed, reflective, scholarly professionals dedicated to the highest standards for themselves and those they serve in educational and health-related professions.
A pedagogy program, the art or profession of teaching, was first offered at Manhattan College in 1895, leading to completion of New York state requirements for teacher certification. Graduate courses in education were first offered in 1920, and the School of Education was chartered in 1921. A degree program in physical education was introduced in 1935. Coursework in radiological and health science was first offered in 1972, and in 2005, the teacher preparation programs were accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council.
Today, the School of Education and Health carries on the tradition established by Saint John Baptist de La Salle more than 325 years ago when he created the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools to provide an education to poor children in France. He was one of the great practical pioneers of education, and he instituted many of the teaching practices we still use today, including teaching to multiple students in a classroom setting and using a blackboard to provide visual instruction. In 1900, De La Salle was canonized as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, and in 1950 Pope Pius XII named him the “Patron Saint of All Christian Educators.”