Our world is propelled by people. People who imagine and persevere and create. At the UNC School of Education, we build people’s minds, spirits, and resolve to make the world a better place through education. Our community of scholars, students, staff, and alumni propel the world.
We work to solve pressing problems, to better understand learning, to improve teaching, to redefine what it means to educate lifelong and lifewide. We innovate. We ask and answer tough questions — to ensure that every learner has the opportunity to reach their maximum potential.
At the UNC School of Education, we Propel the World.
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 emerge as leaders in their institutions and communities, and mindfully contribute toward continually improving and transforming them.
We’re proud to know that the knowledge and experiences gained in Peabody Hall create positive impact inside classrooms, schools, nonprofits, and other organizations, and in the field of education and beyond. The School has one of Carolina’s largest alumni bases, boasting more than 20,000 alumni living in all 100 North Carolina counties, all 50 states and more than 40 countries.
Beginning as early as spring 2021, Human Organizational Leadership and Development (HOLD) will offer Carolina undergraduates a unique program of study that combines education, social science, policy, analytics, and leadership education. Also incorporating a strong experiential learning component, students will graduate prepared for leadership within a range of organizations.
We value and foster productive and meaningful partnerships across disciplinary and institutional boundaries, working with stakeholders within and beyond formal institutions of education. A well-educated, diverse and empowered public is critical 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.
In a state that has the sixth fastest-growing Latinx population and the seventh-largest Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) population in the U.S., our work with LatinxEd — an organization that provides targeted, multi-year support to Latinx students and immigrant families striving for higher education and greater opportunity — is critical.
With the arrival of COVID-19, faculty member Kara Hume knew that home-bound families and caregivers who support individuals with autism would need resources to navigate the uncertain times. So she assembled a team —with members from across the Carolina campus — to create the toolkit — “Supporting Individuals with Autism through Uncertain Times” — which provides user-friendly, evidence-based resources for people supporting individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It has since been translated into multiple languages to help people around the world.
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 collaborate with educators, parents, schools, communities, and more — in partnership with other schools and units at Carolina — to empower learners and communities to thrive.
The Human Development and Family Studies program empowers its students to improve the lives of children, their families, and their communities by taking a broad view of education to best serve the “whole child” — leading graduates to a variety of career options. The program has certification from the National Council on Family Relations, which provides the program’s graduates access to provisional certification as Certified Family Life Educators.
When schools closed due to coronavirus, many narratives focused on remote learning and teaching. But what about our most vulnerable students? Faculty member Chris Scott convened school professionals to discuss how to overcome challenges to student safety and well-being brought on by the pandemic.
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.
Five of our faculty members helm our fields’ leading journals. Thad Domina co-edits Educational Researcher, Jeff Greene co-edits Educational Psychologist, Sherick Huges co-edits The Urban Review, Esther Ohito co-edits Equity & Excellence in Education, and Troy Sadler co-edits the Journal of Research in Science Teaching.