Driving human endeavor

School of Education

Carolina’s School of Education is committed to realizing the transformative power of education. The school is a community of researchers, practitioners and students who are deeply dedicated to educational opportunity for all.

For more than 140 years, the school has worked to address difficult and complex educational questions and issues through cutting-edge research, development and engagement. It approaches scholarship with a determination to inform current educational practices, programs and policies and strives to imagine better futures.

Today's students become leaders in education and their communities.

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As Carolina celebrates its 225th anniversary this year, we’ll spotlight the ways the University is preparing our students to thrive in a dynamic society and how it is opening the doors for great minds to make transformative discoveries. Throughout the year, we’ll profile academic units, hear from deans and learn about programs that set Carolina apart from other universities.

225 Years.

We are committed to work that contributes to breaking down barriers to opportunity, lifting up individuals and empowering communities to rise and thrive within a democratic society facing an increasingly technological future. We pursue this work knowing this: Education is what drives every profession, every human endeavor.

Fouad Abd-El-Khalick, dean

Read more about Abd-El-Khalick’s vision.

Fouad Abd-El-Khalick speaks at a podium.

By the numbers

School of Education

  • No. 11special education program as ranked by U.S. News & World Report
  • No. 20among public schools of education
  • No. 1school of education in North Carolina
  • No. 14secondary teacher preparation program as ranked by U.S. News & World Report
  • 103of North Carolina’s 115 school districts had School of Education graduates working in 2017

Re-imagining education

  • Pursuing purpose

    After a 14-year career in technology, Dalila Dragnić-Cindrić became interested in improving P-12 education while volunteering in her son’s first-grade classroom and seeing the importance of understanding how children learn.

  • New master’s program addressing need for innovation in education

    The Master of Arts in Educational Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship program is among the first degrees of its kind. The program explores educational technologies, the science of learning and entrepreneurship.

  • Keeping high-performing teachers in the classroom

    UNC School of Education professor Matthew Springer found that a key to improving struggling schools could be paying retention bonuses to high-performing teachers.