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College of Education

Empower tomorrow's leaders—show them education matters

Make your mark in society by significantly influencing the lives of others from the very young to the most experienced.

Learn from experienced educators practicing in the field who understand and share your passion.

University of Phoenix is accredited based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards at the initial teacher preparation level through 2021.

University of Phoenix is accredited based on the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) standards for ground campus programs at the initial teacher preparation and advanced preparation levels through Spring 2023. 

The College of Education offers degree programs ranging from early childhood education to administration and corporate training. No matter which program you choose, you’ll gain knowledge and skills from faculty members with an average of 24 years of classroom experience. Prepare for certification in your state with curricula aligned with national standards. Then—it’ll be time for you to get to work—shaping lives and impacting others.

The landscape of education is changing. As a new or current teacher, you must know how to individualize instruction, address Common Core State Standards and incorporate technology into your lesson plans. If you want to impact student learning and successfully navigate these issues in your classroom, you’ll find the resources and support you need in ours.

Your future begins here

You have the ability to uncover and encourage the potential within others. Discover the power of your education by speaking with an Enrollment Representative.

Our College of Education programs provide you with relevant resources and one-of-a-kind support necessary to prepare you for the evolving landscape of education. You’ll have access to considerable curriculum content and the teaching tools necessary to help meet the current demands in the field of education.

Faculty council

The College of Education Faculty Council is responsible for providing strategic leadership and general support of initiatives in the following areas: curriculum design, program assessment, program progression and degree completion requirements, academic scholarship and research activities, electronic resources, regulatory and accreditation efforts, and faculty governance. Our faculty council is led by Assistant Dean of Operations and Faculty Jonathan Lewis and supported by Program Chair Chandra Shepherd. The council is comprised of faculty members who are highly experienced in their respective disciplines, including teacher preparation, administration & supervision, and adult education & training.

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University of Phoenix initial degree programs lead to teaching certification (Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle Level, Secondary and Special Education) in certain states. The College of Education offers state-approved initial programs and advanced programs in Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Utah. Individual programs vary by state, and not all programs are available at all locations or in both online and on-campus modalities.

Candidates may request an institutional recommendation upon successful completion of their program (academic and program requirements). Candidates should check with their state agency for any state-specific requirements, including the acceptability of the University's initial programs in any state in which they intend to seek licensure or certification. Program requirements are subject to change based on state certification requirements. Please speak to a campus representative for a listing of programs available at each campus location.

While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. Certificate programs are widely available in an online format but generally not available at our campus locations. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.