About Us
Why VCU?
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At VCU, our motto is Make it Real. And that is what we do at the School of Education. Here, classroom learning is combined with real-world experience. Research focuses on today’s education issues. And our location in historic Richmond, Virginia lets us draw on the resources of a culturally rich and diverse urban environment. In turn, students are fully prepared for careers that will help them shape the future of education.

 

Within our school, more than 3,800 students are pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees, and post-baccalaureate and post-master’s certificates. Through our accredited programs, students enter careers in:

  • P-12 teaching
  • educational leadership
  • counselor education
  • special education
  • research and evaluation
  • adult learning

 
With 64 full-time instructional faculty, 100 research faculty, and more than $25 million in funded research, the School of Education is among the top research schools in the country, and is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 30 graduate programs in education.Our academic programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. We’re a member of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, the Holmes Partnership, and the Urban Serving Universities as well.
 
Our faculty – representing five departments and 10 centers – are nationally and internationally recognized for their professional accomplishments. They pursue active research agendas that focus on theoretical frameworks as well as applied action-based research.
 
Our school’s research and service missions serve to both teach our students and to enrich the surrounding community. To address the challenges of our urban environment, we have established partnerships to:

  • improve school performance
  • promote early reading
  • enhance teacher effectiveness and leadership
  • reduce school violence and bullying
  • influence public policy
  • advance adult literacy

 
VCU’s School of Education was established in 1964 as a part of the Richmond Professional Institute. In 1968, by action of the state legislature, it became a part of the newly formed Virginia Commonwealth University.
 
Today, we are proud to be a major school within VCU, which is one of the largest universities in Virginia,ranking among the top 100 universities in the country in sponsored research. Located on two downtown campuses in Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 223 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-eight of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University comprise the VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers.
 
From our teaching to the education of all the people our students will reach, we are making it real in the School of Education. That leads to a better tomorrow for everyone.

Located in historic Richmond, VA, the VCU School of Education draws upon the resources of a culturally-rich and diverse urban environment to prepare students for meaningful careers in education and health-related fields, and promote research that advances understanding of local, national, and global challenges.
Dean’s Message
If you want to see the future of our country, walk into a classroom or other center of learning. And if you want to be a part of shaping that future, enter the field of education because what we do today will have a direct effect on how our country performs tomorrow. This thought drives

Our Academic Programs

Our academic programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The school also is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education, the Holmes Partnership, and the Urban Serving Universities. Our accredited programs help students become reflective practitioners across a broad array of disciplines, including:

  • P-12 Teaching
  • Educational Leadership
  • Counselor Education
  • Special Education
  • Health And Physical Education
  • Exercise Science
  • Research And Evaluation
  • Adult Learning

More than 3,800 students are pursuing bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, and post-baccalaureate and post-masters certificates that prepare them to become responsible community leaders who embrace and celebrate diversity and who develop evidence based research to advance best practices. Students gain a world class experience through active engagement with faculty and the opportunity to enjoy educational and extra curricular experiences.

With 58 full-time instructional faculty, 100 research faculty, and $23 million in funded research, the School of Education is among the top research schools in the U.S. and is recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 30 graduate programs in education.

Our faculty – representing six departments and 10 centers – are nationally and internationally recognized for their professional accomplishments and offer a rich learning experience for all students. They pursue active research agendas that focus on theoretical frameworks as well as applied action-based research.

Community Enrichment

The research and service missions of the school enrich the surrounding community. To address the challenges of our urban environment, we have established partnerships to:

  • Improve school performance
  • Promote early reading
  • Enhance teacher effectiveness and leadership
  • Reduce school violence and bullying
  • Influence public policy
  • Decrease physical inactivity and obesity
  • Advance adult literacy

The School of Education was established in 1964 as a part of the Richmond Professional Institute. In 1968, by action of the state legislature, it became a part of the newly-formed Virginia Commonwealth University.

Today, VCU is one of the largest universies in Virginia and ranks among the top 100 universities in the country in sponsored research. Located on two downtown campuses in Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 32,000 students in 205 certificate and degree programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-five of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 15 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University compose the VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers.