About Us

Why VCU’s School of Education?

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, Va., 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 1,700 students are pursuing master’s and doctoral degrees, and post-baccalaureate and post-master’s certificates. Through our accredited programs, students enter careers in fields such as:

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

With more than 100 full-time instructional faculty and an average of $24 million in funded research each year, 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 35 graduate institutions. Our academic programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, and we are members 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 eight 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
  • Prepare teachers for the unique challenges of urban classrooms through our Richmond Teacher Residency program

From our teaching to the education of all the people our students will reach, we are making it real in the School of Education.

For more details about the school, please read our Fast Facts [PDF] flyer or learn more about our affiliated centers.

About VCU

Located on two downtown campuses in Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 225 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Seventy-nine of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. U.S. News & World Report named VCU Medical Center the No. 1 hospital in Richmond, with two programs (nephrology and pediatric nephrology) ranking in the top 50 nationally.

Great Place Initiative

The Great Place Initiative is an effort to ensure that everyone who interacts with VCU — whether they are faculty, staff, student or a member of the general public — feels valued and respected.

All members of the VCU community are invited to join in the initiative, which began in the spring 2013 semester, by offering their feedback on the Great Place Initiative website. You can also see a collection of resources and read summaries of the initiative’s findings as well.