Who We Are

The University of Florida College of Education, founded in 1906, consistently ranks among the top 25 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 2016 held research grants worth an all-time high of $97 million, a 12 percent increase over the previous year.

Teaching is one of several career paths that UF education students can choose from. Nearly 1,500 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.

Some 1,964 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 since NCATE’s founding in 1954. In July 2013, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) replaced NCATE as the new accrediting body for educator preparation programs. The College received CAEP accreditation in 2017.

National Rankings

For the past three years, U.S. News & World Report has rated the University of Florida College of Education among America’s best online graduate education degree programs.

After two consecutive years at No. 1, UF tied for the No. 2 spot nationally among American education in the 2018 U.S. News survey. UF remains the state’s best online graduate degree program in education.

The latest rating comes after U.S. News in March 2017 ranked the College of Education 19th nationally among public education schools in on-campus graduate degree programs.

2018 National Leaders in Online Graduate Education

Three individual, campus-based academic programs also garnered Top 20 rankings for 2018:

Online Graduate Education program, overall –2nd

Special Education – 5th (2017)

Counseling & Counselor Education – 8th (2017)

Elementary Teacher Education – 14th (2017)

College, overall, public education schools  19th (2017)

(Source: U.S. News and World Report 2017 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.
  • Creating a spinoff from an inventive, five-year project funded by the National Science Foundation, faculty researchers with the college and its affiliated P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School have developed an accelerated, one-year graduate certificate program in science education at the elementary and secondary level. The program, known as U-FUTuRES 2.0 (short for University of Florida Unites Teachers to Reform Education in Science), strengthens teachers’ science knowledge and explores new, hands-on methods of teaching and learning. The 15 graduate credits earned can be used later to obtain a graduate education degree.

FEAP: Florida Educator Accomplished Practices

Every teacher education candidate who completes a Student Teaching/Internship is evaluated by a University of Florida supervisor as well as the classroom mentor teacher. The Student Teaching Evaluation Form serves as the summative assessment documenting attainment of the Florida Educator Accomplished Practices (FEAP) and other professional standards.

Please visit Student Teaching Evaluation page to access important forms and resources.