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COE Facts at a Glance

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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 70 full-time faculty members.
As of the 2019-2020 school year, 1522 students are enrolled in the College, including 563 undergraduate and 959 graduate students.
Graduation mortarboard iconIn 2018-2019, the College awarded 151 bachelors degrees, 178 masters and specialist degrees, 49 doctorates, and 47 graduate certificates. 
The Educator Preparation Report Card granted the COE Teacher Preparation Program rating of Exceeds Expectations. Our program was one of only nine programs in the State of Tennessee to receive this ranking.
Award certificate iconThe College of Education has been continuously accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Educators (now the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation) 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. 
US News and World Report has ranked several COE programs in the annual Best Graduate Schools. The Rehabilitation Counseling program was ranked 20th, the Online Education graduate program was ranked 96th (and #1 in the state of Tennessee), and the Education Graduate program was ranked 157th.
Award iconIn 2019-2020, the College of Education received many more national rankings including:
  • #6, GuideToOnlineSchools.com
      • Best Online Master's in Secondary Education
  • #16, GuideToOnlineSchools.com
      • Best Online Master's in Special Education
    • #24, AffordableCollegesOnline.com
      • Best Online PhD in Education
    • #23, EdDPrograms.org
      • Most Affordable Online Doctor in Education Programs, HIAD and IDT Programs
 Total giving commitments for Fiscal Year 2020 topped $2 million (by January 2020).
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).