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About the School

Mission 

Virginia Tech's School of Education (SOE) is dedicated to enriching the lives of PK-20 learners, families, and communities through inquiry, leadership and advocacy in a diverse world. We fulfill this mission through the preparation of educational professionals, applied research, and high impact outreach. We seek to promote rigorous inquiry in all aspects of our teaching, research, and outreach, provide the leadership necessary to advance all educational systems, and engage in advocacy that ensures equity and accessibility to quality learning experiences for all members of our diverse and global community. Our mission clearly situates our work within the university's motto"Ut Prosim."

 

Basic Facts 

  • Accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) since 1971
  • All professional education programs approved by the Virginia Department of Education
  • Degrees offered : Masters, Educational Specialist (Ed.S.), Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Graduate Assistantships:77
  • Total 2012-13 Enrollment: 883
  • 2013 Graduates:
    • More than 190 new licensed administrators, counselors, and teachers
    • More than 55 new doctorates
  • Faculty Accomplishments 2012-2013
    • Funded grants: $11.2 million
    • Books / Book Chapters: 7
    • Refereed articles: 108
    • Papers at professional meetings: 163
    • Editorial boards: 25
  • More than 19 International Faculty Activities with 14 Countries
  • Outreach Partnerships to Include:
    • Institute for Creativity in Arts and Technology
    • STEM Education Collaborator
    • VA Career VIEW: Serving over 6000 individuals; more than 77 million website hits
    • Training & Technical Assistance (T/TAC): Counseling over 8000 educators and families.
  • Teaching Highlights
    • US News & World Reports: Top 100 Graduate Schools of Education; Career & Technical Education ranked as 5th best CTE program
    • Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) Science Math Teacher Imperative (SMTI)
    • More than $120000 in scholarships and awards for pre-service and practicing educators.