The College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) inspires undergraduate and graduate students to promote learning and development across the life span. Innovative, inclusive, and cutting-edge, the college and its two schools prepare professionals who improve lives and make a difference for our community and for the world.
The college is a nationally recognized leader in educator preparation, special education, counseling, and school leadership, and is home to 11 centers engaged in groundbreaking research. With our record of achievement and scholarship, CEHD is ranked among U.S. News and World Report’s Top 50 best education schools in the country.
Our Graduate 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, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.
Our School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism offers some of the university’s most sought-after academic programs, enrolling nearly 1,000 students in dynamic and career-ready studies in kinesiology and athletic training, health and physical education, and sport, recreation, and tourism management.
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.