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 — preparing teachers, counselors, administrators and other education professionals to be successful in urban and high needs schools. We are thinking boldly, creatively and aspirationally to find effective ways of addressing the complex challenges faced by these schools, families and communities.

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 880 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 115 full-time teaching and research faculty and an average of $25 million in externally 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 the 26th best graduate school of education in the country. Our academic programs are accredited by the NCATE, CACREP 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 four 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.