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We started it all.

Yes, we did. Back in 1912, when then West Tennessee State Normal School first opened its doors on Central Avenue, students came here to become leaders in education. The power of that vision is even stronger today. Students enter the College of Education at the UofM to become actively engaged in shaping society to be the best that it can be. We are 57 degree programs strong, with 14 research centers and institutes, and partnerships throughout the Mid-South to provide an amazing array of one-of-a-kind opportunities to our students to get real-world experiences.

Fewer than 100 U.S. colleges offer what we do

Putting our students smack dab in the middle of laboratory schools housed right on the UofM campus is unique and rare. Only 100 universities nationwide share this distinction. Our students work on-site at the Barbara K. Lipman Early Childhood School and Research Institute (for children aged two to Kindergarten) and at the University of Memphis Campus School (serving children from first grade through fifth grade). We proudly demonstrate best practices for our students, so they can become devoted to careers in education, health and human sciences. In Memphis we are driven by doing. Driven to prepare you well. To bring out your passions. To inspire you to initiate change for the betterment of society. That's what Memphis does.

COE News

River City Partnership

The College of Education is getting a lot of great press about its River City Partnership with Shelby County Schools!  The River City Partnership will incorporate innovate programs and initiatives to recruit and train a new generation of teachers prepared to excel in an urban teaching environment. Read Chalkbeat's article about the River City Partnership to learn more about this exciting initiative.


Not only do we have four academic departments offering multiple graduate and undergraduate degrees, we also house three research centers and two laboratory schools. Click the links below to learn more about our research centers and laboratory schools.


The Center for Rehabilitation and Employment Research
The Center for Research in Educational Policy (CREP)
Center for the Study of Higher Education


Campus School
Barbara K. Lipman Early Childhood School and Research Institution


In Loving Memory: Jerry Neal Boone

Jerry Neal Boone passed away on December 13 at the age of 90. He served as a clinical faculty member and other administrative positions in the College of Education from 1962-68. He then moved on to serve as dean of the University College until 1969, vice president for academic affairs from 1972 to 1985, and director of the University's Center for Study of Higher Education until 1989. Dr. Boone also served as interim dean of the College of Education and  interim president of the University.