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 an all-time high of $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.

The college’s overall Online Graduate Education program was ranked No. 1 by U.S. News and also was rated best in the nation for student admissions selectivity–an indicator of high-quality student enrollment. Three individual, campus-based academic programs also garnered Top 20 rankings:

Online Graduate Education program, overall –1st

Special Education – 5th

Counseling & Counselor Education – 6th

Curriculum & Instruction – 17th

Elementary Teacher Education – 19th

College, overall, public education schools  20th

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

Schools & Program Areas

Centers, Institutes & Affiliates

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.

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. P.K. Yonge is in the midst of a total campus revitalization effort that is transforming the school into a 21st-century model learning community and technological powerhouse.

Key Initiatives: Public Scholarship

  • In its quest for national prominence, UF is investing special state “preeminent university” funds in three priority, interdisciplinary research initiatives involving the College of Education–in early childhood studies, personalized e-learning and “big data” informatics analysis of national education trends and teaching practices.
  • 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.
  • Through its new UF Coaching Academy, the college’s Lastinger Center for learning has created a field-tested system of collaborative, instructional teacher coaching to advance teaching and learning in a wide array of subject areas, with a certificate program documenting the newly training coaches’ competency.
  • Backed by the Florida Legislature and substantial community contributions, the college’s groundbreaking Early Learning Florida program blends online and face-to-face professional development for thousands of early childhood practitioners who work with infants, toddlers and preschoolers in Florida centers, schools and family child care homes.
  • Faculty researchers with the college and its affiliated P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School have been collaborating on a $5 million grant, awarded by the National Science Foundation, designed to transform middle-school science education in Florida and beyond. The project, known as U-FUTuRES (short for University of Florida Unites Teachers to Reform Education in Science), involves creating cadres of highly trained Science Teacher Leaders around the state who will educate and energize other middle school teachers in the school districts with a new kind of science teaching.