Dean's Office

School of Education

Dr. Erinn D. Lake, Dean of the School of Education and Executive Director of the School of Graduate Studies, brings more than 30 years of experience in higher education administration, working tirelessly to assist students in both graduate and undergraduate degree programs.

Welcome to the School of Education

If you are determined to make a difference in the lives of others as an educator, you’ve come to the right place. Educating teachers is our passion—and our legacy. Since its founding in 1857 as a Teaching Academy, PennWest Edinboro has continually expanded its programs and advanced best practices to become one of the premier teacher education institutions in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

We not only educate teachers, we value them. Our exceptional faculty know what it’s like to be in the classroom. They are award-winning teachers and administrators themselves, and earn recognition for their leadership roles, both in their schools and in the community. Edinboro was also the first in the state to earn CAEP accreditation for both our initial and advanced programs.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, teachers are in high demand. Year after year, teachers with PennWest Edinboro degrees are highly sought after, even before graduation. Whether you’re seeking your initial teaching certification, an advanced degree, or credits towards professional development, Edinboro will get you there, and help you get the job you want after graduation.

We can’t wait to help you advance your career in the field of education.

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Go Boro!

Dr. Erinn D. Lake, Dean


Meet the Dean

Dr. Erinn LakeDr. Erinn Lake has served as Dean of both the School of Education and the School of Graduate Studies since 2019, but she is no stranger to PennWest Edinboro or the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1992 and her Master of Arts in Communication Studies in 1997, both from Edinboro University, she went on to earn her doctorate in Leadership and Administration from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Lake is keenly interested in institutional research and continuous improvement. She formulated a nationally recognized strategic planning process that includes the development and implementation of systems that link system accountability, planning, budgeting and accreditation. In addition, she has published studies on the development of online graduate program development as well as online programs for students in underserved rural areas.

Under her supervision, PennWest Edinboro has earned high honors from for its outstanding online programs. The 2021 awards, which were based on an assessment of 1,280 accredited colleges and universities, evaluated each program based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation and post-graduate employment.

Edinboro’s 2021 rankings include the Online Masters in School Counseling programs (#3), Online Masters in Early Childhood Education programs (#3), Online Counseling degree programs (#7), Online Masters in Counseling degree programs (#8), Online Early Childhood Education degree programs (#18) and Online Masters in Education degree programs (#31).

Prior to being appointed Dean, Dr. Lake was Interim Dean from 2017 to 2019, and Assistant Dean of Edinboro’s School of Education and the School of Graduate Studies and Research from 2008 to 2017. She also served in a variety of other administrative roles at the University.

Dr. Lake is a member of the Pennsylvania Association of Colleges and Teacher Educators and the Association for Graduate Enrollment Management.

Dr. Lake's CV


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School of Education
140 Butterfield Hall
310 Scotland Road
Edinboro, PA 16444
Phone: 814-732-2724