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The School of Education

Our School of Education (SOED) — 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, 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. The college is a nationally recognized leader in educator preparation, special education, counseling, and school leadership, and is home to 7 centers engaged in groundbreaking research.

The School of Education inspires undergraduate and graduate students to promote learning and development across the life span. Innovative, inclusive, and cutting-edge, the college prepares professionals who improve lives and make a difference for our community and for the world.

At the heart of SOED’s success are our 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.