Mission and Values
For the College of Education & Human Development (CEHD) to reach its potential to influence policies, practices, and institutions, a clear and articulated vision is necessary. With this understanding, we created the 2013 Strategic Plan and are now embarking on an update. Since its founding in 1967, the College has been pioneering innovative undergraduate, graduate and non-degree programs in education and health and human services. Our location in downtown Atlanta provides opportunities to engage directly with the city’s schools, clinics, sports teams, corporations and community agencies. Our students work together with peers and mentors to gain the understanding and experience needed to promote academic success and physical and mental well-being not only in Atlanta but throughout the world.
In the past 50 years, the CEHD has made great strides, which provide the foundation for our continued achievements and recognition. In 2015, we changed the name from the College of Education (COE) to the College of Education & Human Development (CEHD) to reflect the range of academic programs, research interests, and community partners. We draw on the expertise of our faculty and staff, expect the best of our talented students, and are inspired by the opportunities of our urban setting. We are proud of the contributions made to communities and professions through our more than 36,000 alumni and approximately 900 graduates annually, 450 of whom become teachers.
Guided by the 2013 strategic plan, the CEHD has earned national recognition as part of the university’s larger efforts to assure that students from all backgrounds can achieve academic and career success at high rates. The College’s contribution to this university effort is seen in our success in conferring bachelor’s degrees to students from every ethnic, racial, and socio-economic background. The CEHD was recently ranked 1st in Georgia and 8th in the United States in bachelor’s degrees in education conferred to minority graduates (Diverse Issues in Higher Education, 2016). This success helps assure that students have role models of similar backgrounds as they further their education and begin their careers.
The workforce data indicate that 95% of our graduates who take jobs in Georgia public schools remain in the classroom the subsequent year. Of our graduates, 73% take their first position in high-needs schools, and 83% of them stay on in those schools three years later. These findings attest to the quality of our teacher education graduates. Also, 99% of our 2015-2016 initial teacher preparation candidates passed the edTPA performance assessment required for certification in Georgia. Our Sport Administration master’s program is ranked number 10 in the world and number 9 in North America by Sport Business International, a news organization that offers insight and analysis in the business of sport.
The faculty and staff are committed to the creation, identification, implementation and distribution of evidence-based practices within the various fields and professional capacities represented in the CEHD. Indeed, faculty have continued to influence the changing dynamics of mental and physical health and teaching. Faculty and staff have earned prestigious awards and rankings and attained new levels in external funding. Over these last five years, faculty research has earned prestigious awards and rankings and attained new levels in external funding. In fiscal year 2016, the CEHD received a record $22.60M in annual research awards, almost doubling the $11.92M of fiscal year 2012.
Understanding and addressing the multifaceted needs of current and future learners, offering effective and accommodating programming, and engaging in research that addresses policy and practice to solve problems across urban settings, are essential to the continued success of our CEHD – and the way in which we contribute to moving lives forward.