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We started it all.

Yes, we did. Back in 1912, the UofM opened as West Tennessee State Normal School - a teaching college focused on helping its students become leaders in education. The power of that vision is even stronger today. Students enter the College of Education at the UofM to become actively engaged in shaping society to be the best that it can be. With over 50 degree programs, more than a dozen research centers and institutes, and numerous partnerships throughout the Mid-South, the College of Education can help you reach your career and personal goals.

Fewer than 100 U.S. colleges offer what we do

With two laboratory schools housed on the UofM campus, ur students are able to research, teach, and observe without leaving campus. Only 100 universities nationwide share this distinction. Our students work on-site at the Barbara K. Lipman Early Childhood School and Research Institute (for children aged two to Kindergarten) and at the University of Memphis Campus School (serving children from first grade through fifth grade). We proudly demonstrate best practices for our students, so they can become devoted to careers in education, health, and human sciences. In Memphis we are driven by doing. Driven to prepare you well. To bring out your passions. To inspire you to initiate change for the betterment of society. That's what Memphis does.

COE News

River City Partnership

The College of Education is getting a lot of great press about its River City Partnership with Shelby County Schools!  The River City Partnership will incorporate innovate programs and initiatives to recruit and train a new generation of teachers prepared to excel in an urban teaching environment. Read Chalkbeat's article about the River City Partnership to learn more about this exciting initiative and watch the Action News 5 story.


The College of Education offers Teaching Certification and so much more. Learn about the programs offered by visiting the websites for our departments:

Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research (CEPR)
Instruction and Curriculum Leadership (ICL)
Leadership (LEAD)


Not only do we have three academic departments offering multiple graduate and undergraduate degrees, we also house three research centers and two laboratory schools. Click the links below to learn more about our research centers and laboratory schools.


The Center for Rehabilitation and Employment Research
The Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP)
Center for the Study of Higher Education


Campus School
Barbara K. Lipman Early Childhood School and Research Institution