Who We Are

The University of Florida College of Education, founded in 1906, consistently ranks among the top 30 public education schools in the elite Association of American Universities.

The college’s distinguished professors and their graduate students aggressively pursue vital, interdisciplinary research that is helping to transform teaching and learning, education policy, and leadership in all education disciplines. By partnering with public schools and communities across the state and beyond, UF education faculty engage in novel scholarship and research activities that enhance “whole school“ improvement, student achievement, early-childhood readiness, teacher preparation and retention, and classroom technology advances. COE faculty in 2015 held research grants worth more than $86 million, a 16 percent increase over the previous year.

Teaching is one of several career paths that UF education students can choose from. More than 1,540 students are enrolled on campus in 28 bachelor’s and advanced degree programs, within nine academic specialties: • K-12 Curriculum and Instruction • Counselor Education • Early Childhood Education • Educational Leadership • Higher Education Administration • Research and Evaluation Methods.• School Psychology • Special Education and Early Childhood Studies • Student Personnel in Higher Education.

More than 1,750 students were enrolled last year in the college’s 160 online courses, eight online degrees and six certification programs.


The college’s educator preparation programs have been continuously accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1954.

National Rankings

According to the 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings of America’s Best Graduate Schools, UF’s College of Education is the highest rated education college in both Florida and among public institutions in the Southeast. Nationwide, the college was rated 20th among public education schools.

Three individual academic programs and our online graduate education program also garnered Top 20 rankings:

Special Education – 5th

Counseling & Counselor Education – 9th

Elementary Teacher Education – 17th

Online Graduate Education program, overall – 13th

(Source: U.S. News and World Report rankings of America’s Best Graduate Schools)

Schools & Program Areas

Centers & Affiliates

P. K. Yonge Developmental Research School

Since its 1934 founding, UF’s renowned laboratory school has served as a center of innovative educational program development and dissemination for K-12 students.

Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies

In 2010, the College spearheaded UF’s creation of this interdisciplinary, university-wide center as a model training, demonstration and research site–with UF’s Baby Gator Child Development and Research Center as its hub. UF scholars—in fields as diverse as education, medicine, law, public health and the life sciences—work with local, state and national partners to advance the science and practice of early childhood development and enhance early learning opportunities and healthy development for our youngest children.

CEEDAR Center (Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform)

The federal Office of Special Education Programs awarded $25 million–its largest grant ever–to the college in 2013 to create this multi-institutional center at UF, charged with restructuring and improving the development of effective educators serving students with disabilities in 20 states.

Center for Community Education

Promotes UF-community partnerships to solve educational and human problems in our diverse global community.

Center for Disability Policy and Practice

Fosters policy development, school improvement, interdisciplinary research and professional development activities to improve educational outcomes for children with special needs.

Center for Excellence in Elementary Teacher Preparation

The Florida Department of Education awarded $2.7 million to the college in 2015 to create a dynamic research center where UF education faculty are vigorously transforming teacher preparation for elementary teachers so they can have a greater impact on student learning, especially among historically underachieving students.

Institute for Higher Education

UF resident faculty provide mentoring, networking and continuing professional development opportunities for higher education practitioners and leaders, with emphasis on Florida community colleges and college access for underrepresented groups.

Lastinger Center for Learning

This education innovation incubator harnesses the university’s intellectual resources and partners with school districts and educational organizations to design, build and field-test learning system models that transform teaching, improve learning and promote healthy child development.

Key Initiatives: Public Scholarship

  • In its quest for national preeminence, UF is investing state Preeminence money in three interdisciplinary projects involving the College of Education–in the strategic areas of early childhood studies, personalized e-learning, and “big data” informatics analysis of national education trends and teaching practices.
  • The prototype, award-winning Florida Master Teacher Initiative provides tuition-free, on-the-job advanced degree programs, blending on-site and online course work, letting Florida teachers at partnering high-needs schools earn advanced education degrees while remaining in their own classrooms.
  • The College has launched several bold initiatives in STEM education to strengthen science, technology and math instruction in our own backyard and across the state and nation. Activities range from statewide induction programs for novice teachers and online tutoring apps for algebra students, to aggressive recruitment and coaching programs for science and math teachers in high-poverty schools.
  • Special education researchers, currently holding some $23 million dollars in federal grants, are strengthening teaching and learning in public schools for students with disabilities.
  • UF’s P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School has a new 21st century elementary building and is embarking on a total campus revitalization effort that is transforming the college’s K-12 lab school into a model learning community and technological powerhouse.