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About the College of Education


We believe everyone deserves both access to and the benefits of a high-quality education. We strive to be a beacon of excellence in research, teaching, and service. Our rigorous research addresses the most pressing challenges surrounding education, mental health, and our communities. Our teaching, preparation, and specialized graduate programs reflect both the science and art of evidence-based practices and processes. We engage students, practitioners, and leaders in thoughtful debate, integrative technology, and innovation for deeper learning. Service with our communities and respective professional fields ensures that we maximize the impact of our scholarship and engagement. Collaborations with local, state, and national partners further ensure that our efforts address relevant issues in society and practice. We foster a compassionate and professionally skilled workforce to improve the quality of life for all people and all backgrounds. Our graduates become general and special educators, researchers, mental health providers, counselors, leaders, community-engaged practitioners and scholars, and innovators.

College Mission & Values


The mission of the College of Education is to create a learning environment that fosters discovery and dissemination of knowledge to promote learning, access, and enhanced learning outcomes for all students. Through the integration of outstanding teaching, research, and community outreach, the College of Education investigates significant issues impacting education policy and practice, while preparing its students for leadership and excellence within a changing educational community.


  • Local and national recognition as an excellent educator preparation and professional development institution
  • High quality, nationally recognized research that informs educational policy and practice
  • Cultivating a sense of belonging for all students, faculty, and staff, and an instructional emphasis on preparing educators to work effectively with student populations from all backgrounds.
  • Integration of research, teaching, and outreach efforts that serve the education profession, community, and children and youth.
  • Educational programs, teaching, and advisement that are responsive to the needs of students and the education community.
  • Supportive and collaborative relationships among faculty, students, staff, and educational programs within the college.
  • Instructional emphasis on using technology to improve student learning and other educational outcomes.
Last Updated: 6/18/24