About the COE

Welcome to the College of Education

The founding program of The University of Memphis, the College dates back to 1912, when West Tennessee State Normal School first opened its doors to students. In 2015, the College enrolled more than 2,500 undergraduate and graduate students in nationally-accredited professional programs. Over forty degree programs that prepare students for varied career paths are offered through the three departments within the College of Education.

We take pride in being home to multiple research centers and institutes that are as diverse in their focus as are the faculty and departments in the College and in building partnerships with the dynamic communities that we serve.

The College is also home to the Barbara K. Lipman Early Childhood School and Research Institute and the Campus Elementary School, which are among fewer than 100 university and college laboratory schools in the U.S. The College takes pride in demonstrating best practices for students preparing to be leaders in education.

Why hire a University of Memphis teacher candidate?

Because they graduate from the University of Memphis' Ready2Teach Program.

Curriculum focuses on Common Core Standards, Formative Assessment, Differentiated Instruction/Assessment, Integration of Technology & Reality-Based Problem Solving. Our curriculum is practitioner focused and reflects the real world of teaching.

Yearlong Residency begins not when University Classes begin, but when our Partnership Schools begin. Our teacher candidates experience in-service week and the first week students begin school. Their teaching is formally observed a minimum of 13 times during the course of the Residency. Our candidates are assessed using district assessment instruments.

Partnerships have been developed so our Candidates are placed for one academic year with a PreService Instructive Mentor (PIM) that has demonstrated a positive impact on student achievement and has scored either a 4 or 5 on the teacher evaluation system used in their district. Our candidates learn how to teach from the best teachers.

edTPA, a nationally scored performance assessment modeled after the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards, is a graduation requirement. Nationally trained scorers from other states assess our candidates' teaching skills.

Why hire a University of Memphis Teacher Candidate?