Our community of scholars, students, staff and alumni work to solve pressing problems. We seek to better understand learning, to improve teaching, to redefine what it means to educate lifelong and lifewide.
We work on the leading edge of promise — a promise that seeks equitable opportunities and outcomes for all.
We innovate. We ask and answer tough questions — to ensure that every learner has the opportunity to reach their maximum potential.
The UNC School of Education is a driven community of researchers, practitioners, students, staff and engaged alumni. We are dedicated to realizing the transformative power of education: To achieve equity in educational access and outcomes for all learners in a diverse and just society. Our work is guided by four pillars.
Educating the Whole
We recognize that learning is dependent on the well-being of children, their families and their communities. With a focus on underprivileged and underserved communities, we work with educators, parents, schools, communities and beyond — in partnership with other UNC-Chapel Hill schools and units — to empower learners and communities to thrive.
Empowering Leaders of Tomorrow
We empower educators and scholars to lead; to think creatively, act with compassion, and strive for equity and excellence for all. Equipped to succeed in their professions, our graduates also emerge as leaders in their institutions and communities, and mindfully contribute toward continually improving and transforming them.
Collaborating for the Greater Good
We seek productive and meaningful partnerships across disciplinary and institutional boundaries, working with all stakeholders within and beyond formal institutions of education. A well-educated, diverse and empowered public is key to addressing social inequities and injustices, promoting and supporting the health and well-being of all; and ensuring the competitiveness and prosperity of our state and nation.
Advancing Knowledge, Driving Innovation
We produce cutting-edge knowledge and pursue innovative, research-based solutions to the most pressing problems of educational theory, practice, programs and policy in North Carolina, the nation and beyond.