COE Departments

To learn more about the COE in general, visit the page for the Dean's Office.


  • Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research (CEPR)
    • The objective of the Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research department is to prepare advanced educational leaders to be both sophisticated practitioners and researchers. The graduate degrees within the department will qualify students as university and college teachers, counselors, psychologists, program evaluators, and researchers in educational and counseling environments, as well as provide them with the skills necessary to fill a variety of roles in other settings in which knowledge of human development, learning and cognition, research and evaluation methods are essential.

  • Instruction and Curriculum Leadership (ICL)
    • The mission of the Department of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership is to prepare graduates with the content knowledge, skills and dispositions informed by teaching, research, and service, to become reflective practitioners and collaborative professional leaders within diverse settings focusing on urban education. The ICL department offers one undergraduate degree--a Bachelor of Science in Education (BSED) and four graduate degrees: the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) the Master of Science (MS), the Educational Specialist (EdS) and the Doctor of Education (EdD). They also offer certificates in Applied Behavior Analysis, Instructional Design and Technology, and Urban Education, as well as Endorsements for Reading Specialist and School Library Specialist.

  • Leadership (LEAD)
    • The Department of Leadership cultivates innovative scholar-practitioners who become premier leaders making meaningful and sustainable contributions in the global workforce and societies in which they lead and serve. The Department of Leadership transforms lives through rigorous, innovative educational programming in leadership. The department is comprised of two academic programs - Leadership and Policy Studies and Higher Ed/Adult Education. Both programs offer graduate degrees which prepare current and aspiring leaders with the necessary skills to excel in a variety of leadership positions, including K-12 school administrators, district superintendents, higher education administrators, and leaders of government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and industry.


  • Center for Rehabilitation and Employment Research (CRER)
    • The Center for Rehabilitation and Employment Research conducts research, educates and trains, and provides employment, career, and rehabilitation services geared towards enhancing the employment and career development opportunities for groups of individuals that have been chronically unemployed and under-employed. These individuals include persons with physical, mental, and/or emotional disabilities, minorities, women, recipients of financial assistance, and individuals who are living in poverty. In addition to research, the Center provides employment and career development services to individuals in the Memphis area who are chronically under-employed or unemployed.

  • Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP)
    • The Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP) at The University of Memphis is a State of Tennessee Center of Excellence which is committed to improving education by serving as a valuable resource in educational research, evaluation, and consultation. One major focus for CREP is to plan and conduct high-quality studies to determine "what works" in schools across the nation. As national education policy shifts, CREP strives to provide up-to-date, relevant data and research useful to both schools and policy makers.

  • Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE)
    • The purpose of the Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) is to study, promote and support life-long learning. This interest extends to both formal and informal post-secondary learning opportunities, to both institutional and individual efforts, and to both developmental needs and organizational needs. One of the primary areas on which the Center focuses is leadership development.


  • Campus School
    • Campus School, in affiliation with The University of Memphis College of Education, is dedicated to the development and demonstration of exemplary programs from first through fifth grade. In fulfillment of its mission, the school has as its goals: provide best practices in elementary education instruction, model innovative educational designs, serve as a laboratory for educational redesign and research, and offer clinical teaching experiences and mentoring for pre-service teachers.

  • Barbara K. Lipman Early Childhood School and Research Institute
    • The Barbara K. Lipman Early Childhood School and Research Institute is the laboratory/demonstration school of the University of Memphis, College of Education. Its purposes are to provide developmentally appropriate programs for children two through six years of age, to demonstrate best practices for students preparing for careers working with young children, to facilitate research opportunities, and to model educational leadership to the larger community.

Teacher Education Admission, Advising, Clinical Experience and Teacher Licensure

  • Office of Teacher Education and Student Support Services
    • The Offices of Teacher Education and Student Support Services in the College of Education offers an array of services to support students pursuing Teacher Licensure in Tennessee. The University of Memphis offers a wide-variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs that prepare students for their initial teacher license in an array of PreK-12 school subjects. If you have an interest in becoming a teacher, we encourage you to contact the Office of Teacher Education and Student Support Services to schedule an appointment with someone who can assist you in obtaining your educational goals.