Driven by Excellence

The College of Education at the University of Memphis is Driven by Excellence! We strive for excellence and transform innovation into action as we lead, teach, research, and serve. We train teachers, educational leaders, counselors, and researchers who will impact Memphis, the Mid-South, and the world. 

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Upcoming Events

Spring 2020 Dine and Dash

COE faculty and graduate students are invited to join us for the Spring 2020 Dine and Dash series. Join us in Ball Hall 12-1pm for the following learning sessions.

  • January 29 - Cookies and Collaborations
    • Fostering collaboration within the COE, the UofM and with investigators at other institutions
  • February 12 - Opportunities for Research with the University Schools Research Consortium (USRC)
  • March 18 - Walking the Walk and Talking the Talk
    • Join a representative from the IRB to discuss compliance and IRB audits
  • April 1 - Notes from the Reviewers
    • Learn the "Do's" and "Don'ts" of grant applications from experienced external grant reviewers 

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COE Highlights

2020 Teacher Candidate Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to our 2020 Teacher Candidate Scholarship Recipients. These students are undergraduate teacher candidates in the Residency II semester. The awards are made possible by the hard work of our Office of Teacher Education, the dedication of our Director of Development, Venita Doggett, and, most importantly, our generous donors who are willing to give back and support our students.

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Melissa Gray, recipient of the Theodora Jackson Cummings Educational Scholarship (pictured with Associate Dean Dr. Hall, the Cummings family and Venita Doggett) Allison Cobb, recipient of the Beverly Hope Presley Scholarship (pictured with Venita Doggett and Dr. Hall) Rachel Gibbons (L) and Alison Harrison (R), recipients of the Turetzky Family Teacher Candidate Scholarship (pictured with Dr. Hall and Venita Doggett)

Edith Gnanadass organizes event at National Civil Rights Museum

Edith Gnanadass photoDr. Edith Gnanadass, Assistant Professor in the Department of Leadership, promoted social justice and equity by presenting on the "Black/White Binary" at the National Civil Rights Museum in December in an event inspired by the Museum's Unpacking Racism for Action Series. Dr. Gnanadass said of the event, "Memphis has a rich history, but it also has a history that is steeped in racism. So, it is very important for us to come together around issues of racial justice and equality." Read more in the Local Memphis news article>.



Christine Bertz and CREP partner with Smithsonian Science Education on Grant

Christine Bertz photoThe Center for Research in Educational Policy is partnering with the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) on a new five-year grant. SSEC was awarded a $4.5 million grant from the US Department of Education's Education Innovation and Research program. The evaluation for the grant will be performed by CREP and will assess the impact on student achievement. Dr. Christine Bertz will serve as Principal Investigator for the evaluation. Dr. Todd Zoblotsky and Dan Strahl, CREP Associate Director, will serve as Co-PI's. Dr. Bertz coordinates all CREP and Smithsonian activities.

SSEC will bring "Smithsonian Science for North and South Carolina Classrooms" to more than 11,250 students in grades 3-5 in rural North Carolina and South Carolina in partnership with two community partners—the North Carolina Science, Math and Technology Center and the South Carolina Coalition for Mathematics & Science. In addition to the curriculum modules, SSEC will develop and implement differentiated science and engineering professional development to support the content and pedagogy within the curriculum modules.

Since 2010, CREP's partnership with the Smithsonian Science Education Center has brought almost $7 million dollars to the University of Memphis through nine grants and contracts. Projects have been conducted in North Carolina, Houston, New Mexico, Denver and surrounding areas in Colorado. Although CREP has frequently collaborated as the third-party evaluator, it was the prime recipient of the ongoing LASER EL OELA grant. Smithsonian Science Education Center serves as a sub-award partner.

Celia Rousseau Anderson named Associate Editor for AERJ

Celia Anderson photoDr. Celia Anderson, a professor in the ICL department who specializes in Mathematical Education, was recently named as Associate Editor for the American Educational Research Journal, the flagship journal of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Dr. Anderson is also serving as Interim Graduate Program Director of the River City Partnership. Her research focuses on equity in mathematics education, mathematics teacher professional development and critical race theory in education.

AERA, a national research society, strives to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and to promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. As Associate Editor, Dr. Anderson will initiate the selection of peer reviewers, engage with reviewers and senior editors and follow-up to secure expert reviews. She will also synthesize review feedback for authors and make a recommendation for manuscript determination. According to AERA, Dr. Anderson was selected for her high visibility, experience, and demonstrated engagement in the educational sciences.

We are so proud of Dr. Anderson for this wonderful honor!


COE Departments

The College of Education offers Teaching Certification and so much more! We have three departments that offer over 30 degree programs at the graduate and undergraduate level. To see which degree program will help you pursue excellence, visit our departmental pages.

  • Interested in counseling (clinical mental health, rehabilitation, school, or counselor education), counseling psychology, or educational psychology and research? Learn more about the Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research (CEPR) department>.
  • Interested in teaching at the preK-12 level or using instructional design in business, art, or education? Learn more about the Instruction and Curriculum Leadership (ICL) department>.
  • Interested in being a K-12 administrator or researching or administrating in higher and adult education? Learn more about the Leadership (LEAD) department>.

COE Centers