COE Facts at a Glance

COE Vision

Driven by a commitment to diversity, social justice and equity, the College of Education is a premier educational organization that engages in innovative and impactful research, teaching and service.

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The College of Education is the oldest college at the UofM. In fact, the UofM began in 1912 as a teaching college called West Tennessee State Normal School.

The College of Education is composed of 3 academic departments - Counseling, Educational Psychology & Research; Instruction & Curriculum Leadership; and Leadership - that offer over 35 degree-programs.
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The College has over 60 full-time faculty members.
As of the 2021 – 2022 academic year, 1473 students were enrolled in the College, including 508 undergraduate students and 965 graduate students.
Graduation mortarboard iconIn 2020 – 2021, the College awarded 131 bachelors degrees, 182 masters and specialists degrees, 48 doctorates and 51 graduate certificates.
The Educator Preparation Report Card granted the COE Teacher Preparation Program a rating of Exceeds Expectations in Candidate Profile and Candidate Assessment in 2021.

Award certificate iconThe College of Education has been continuously accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (formerly known as the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Educators) for over 60 years. 10 educator preparation programs sought and received National Recognition from their respective Specialty Professional Associations. All 35 Specialty Area Programs Received Continuing Approval by the Tennessee Department of Education. In 2022, the College of Education's CAEP accreditation was renewed through 2029.

Our CEPR department is APA and CACREP accredited.

US News and World Report has ranked several COE programs in the annual Best Graduate Schools. In 2021, the Rehabilitation Counseling program was #20, the Online Education Masters program was ranked #146 (the highest ranked public institution in Tennessee), and the Education Graduate program was ranked #141.
Award iconIn 2021, the College of Education received many more national rankings including:
  • #9, GuideToOnlineSchools.com
      • Best Online Master's in Secondary Education
  • #13, GuideToOnlineSchools.com
      • Best Online Master's in Special Education
    • #23, EdDPrograms.org
      • Most Affordable Online Doctor in Education Programs, Higher and Adult Education (LEAD) and Instructional Design and Technology (ICL) Programs
 Total giving commitments for Fiscal Year 2021 topped $5.5 million!
Research iconThe College is home to the Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP), one of just 26 academic centers in the state designated a Center of Excellence by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.

 Additional research units with the College of Education are the Center for Rehabilitation and Employment Research (CRER) which includes the Mid-South Access Center for Technology (ACT), Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) and Institute on Disability (UMID).