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Committed to Keeping You Safe During the COVID-19 Crisis

Drexel University School of Education

A Message from Penny Hammrich, PhD
Dean and Distinguished University Professor

We hope you are well and staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. This crisis represents an unprecedented moment in our nation and has caused dramatic changes in our everyday lives. I want to assure you that we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety and health of all students, faculty, and staff.

I urge you to please stay informed by checking this website and your Drexel email regularly for updates from the University, as well as communications from your advisors, professors, and the School of Education. You can also check for updates from the University regarding the COVID-19 pandemic at drexel.edu/now/coronavirus/response/.

We know that this is a very trying time for our students and we appreciate your understanding as we navigate the challenges associated with this crisis. I am confident that we will get through this together.

Update August 26, 2020 

The University has made the decision that undergraduate courses will continue remotely for the fall quarter and University housing will remain closed to undergraduates during the fall term. Read the full message from President Fry. 

 

The following message was sent by Dean Hammrich to students on August 26, 2020

 

Dear students,

I hope you and your families are safe and well as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. As you have heard from President Fry, undergraduate courses will continue to be held remotely for the fall quarter. In the School of Education, all face-to-face doctoral courses, including EdD and PhD will also be held remotely for the fall term.

I know for some students; this news may be frustrating, but the health and safety of our students continue to be our top priority. I want to thank you all for your patience and understanding as we work through these uncertain times. It may be hard right now, but I promise you, brighter days are ahead.

In the School of Education, providing flexible online learning programs is what we do best. In fact, US News and World report ranks us among the best schools of education in the country for online learning. The vast majority of our programs are based online and our faculty are well-experienced with teaching in a virtual environment. I assure you, the quality education you expect from the School of Education will continue.

While we may be learning together at a distance, I feel like our school is closer than ever. I am inspired by the work of our students, faculty, and staff who are balancing life, work, and education all from home. It is truly amazing. Please know that your academic advisor is your best resource for navigating the fall quarter. Please contact them at any time for assistance with your courses and field experiences.

To kick off an academic year unlike any we have ever experienced, the School of Education has prepared several virtual events that are open to all students. Welcome Week 2020 is a chance for all of us to connect across programs and come together as one School of Education. I encourage you to visit our events page to see what we have in store for you and sign up.

Best,

Penny Hammrich, PhD
Dean and Distinguished University Professor
Drexel University School of Education

Frequently Asked Questions

Is my academic advisor still available?

Yes. Our Student Services team, including our advisors and program managers are working remotely during this time and are available to assist you. A full list of program managers and advisors may be found on our website at https://drexel.edu/soe/faculty-and-staff/advisors/. If you are unsure who your program manager or advisor may be, please log into Drexel One and click on “Academic Advisor” under the “My Success Team” box on the front page.

How can I stay connected to my classes and advisors online?

Drexel University is utilizing Zoom to conduct face-to-face courses online. Additionally, advisors may be available to meet with you via Zoom as well. For information on how to use Zoom, please visit https://drexel.edu/it/help/a-z/zoom/zoomfaq/.

I am suffering a financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis, are there any resources available to help me?

Drexel University’s Student Emergency Fund is available to support students who have an immediate financial need due to unexpected emergency expenses. To learn more about the fund and to apply, please visit Drexel Central at https://drexel.edu/drexelcentral/finaid/eligibility/student-emergency-fund/.

Will you still be hosting information sessions and open houses?

Drexel’s University City is currently closed and all face-to-face events have been canceled. However, we will host events online. Events includes our monthly Doctoral Student Colloquiums, Dean’s Lecture Series, and Global Education Colloquiums. We will also host online information sessions and “Virtual Teas” for prospective students to learn more about our programs. To view our current list of events, please visit: https://drexel.edu/soe/resources/events/upcoming-events/ or request more information about our programs.

What about student groups and organizations?

Drexel’s campuses are currently closed including all campus buildings and other facilities. Student Life is still available and is supporting student groups remotely at this time. Groups can choose to continue to meet and conduct programming remotely.

With the closure of schools and other agencies, can I have my field experience/student teaching requirements waived?

The School of Education is in close communication with the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) and other agencies regarding this issue. Below is the latest update regarding field experience/student teaching requirements from PDE:

On April 9, 2020, Secretary Rivera waived a portion of the 12-week student teacher requirement for educator preparation programs that are unable to meet the regulatory requirement of 22 Pa. Code 354.25(f) due to the Pandemic of 2020, provided that these programs:

  1. Implement a research- and competency-based evaluation system, in accordance with forthcoming guidance, for candidates impacted by COVID-19-related school closures; and
  2. Commit to providing targeted technical assistance to Pennsylvania local education agencies that hire educators impacted by these program modifications.  

    Access additional information on student teaching modifications.

Please check with your advisor or the field placement office for guidance regarding your field placement/student reaching requirements.

What is Drexel's plan to return to campus?

Drexel is taking a careful approach to safely return to campus for the Fall academic term. The fall term will start on September 21st and end on December 14th. However, all students who are on campus, will be asked to depart by Thanksgiving. Following the Thanksgiving break, students will be asked to complete the final week of the term and finals week remotely. This will eliminate the need for traveling back and forth to campus and the potential transmission of the virus.

For more information on Drexel's plan to return to campus, please visit the University-wide COVID-19 response page