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CEHD contributes to the cultural vitality of our community through regional partnerships and commitments to community engagement.

At the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), we embrace this vision and use it to guide our work in promoting learning and development across the life span. Built upon the foundation established by the university, CEHD’s plan is guided by the notion that we will find innovative ways to best serve the needs of our stakeholders—our students, our community, our world, and our faculty and staff.

The university goal is to contribute to the cultural vitality of our community through regional partnerships and commitments to the arts, athletics, and community engagement.

CEHD's goal is to expand the number, scope, and strength of the College of Education and Human Development’s network of regional partners by:

  • Creating a productive and enhanced collaboration with Virginia’s community colleges, focused on CEHD’s recent academic program innovations.
  • Supporting a college-wide focus on making experiential, integrative learning opportunities universal across all academic programs.
  • Cultivating innovative partnerships with industry employers who are committed to participating in the development of innovative approaches to applied professional preparation.
  • Appointing a faculty and staff task force charged with the development of a comprehensive plan that covers all constituencies, including students, faculty, staff , and partner organizations.

About the College of Education and Human Development

The College of Education and Human Development is an inclusive community of scholars, educators, and practitioners dedicated to the lifelong pursuit of learning, development, and well-being. Through transdisciplinary collaboration, we innovate and produce research that positively impacts the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world.

Our School of Education — the largest and most comprehensive in Virginia — is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, learning design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.

Our School of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management features outstanding academic programs and centers of research excellence that support a wide range of vibrant sport, leisure, and business service industries and organizations. Undergraduate students can earn a bachelor's degree in Parks, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Sport Management, or Tourism and Events Management. Graduate students can pursue their scholarly interests at the master's degree level in Sport and Recreation Studies or, through an innovative partnership with the School of Management, earn an MBA in Tourism and Events Management.

Our School of Kinesiology offers exceptional academic programs, distinguished faculty, and vibrant research centers dedicated to promoting optimal health and enhancing the quality of life through physical activity. Several undergraduate programs of study prepare students for a host of professional careers and opportunities in Athletic Training, Health and Physical Education, and Kinesiology. Students interested in graduate study can pursue a Master of Science degree in our Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion program. At both the undergraduate and graduate levels our dedicated faculty are engaged teachers and leaders in their fields, guiding educational advances, promoting growth in their professions, and engaging in innovative research.

At the heart of CEHD’s success are 130 distinguished faculty members, each committed to creating life-changing experiences that allow students to go faster and farther in their careers. Our faculty includes many nationally prominent scholars, endowed professorships in special education and science education, and four professors who have received the highest honors from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.

The college’s innovative research and pace of performance has resulted in a research portfolio that has grown dramatically compared to peer institutions, with annual expenditures exceeding $16 million annually. This research of consequence, undertaken by faculty in both schools, advances knowledge in the learning and developmental sciences, benefiting the greater community in Virginia and beyond.