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About the School of Education


When Clark Atlanta University was created on July 1, 1988, by the consolidation of Atlanta University and Clark College, the teacher education programs of the two institutions became a single unit. As a result, the advanced level programs offered by Atlanta University and the basic programs offered by Clark College were combined and adjusted to offer teacher education programs at both the graduate and undergraduate levels of study.

The School of Education at Clark Atlanta University inherits the historical missions and achievements of its parent institutions. Their parallel development and many contributions have established an enviable track record. The creation of structured, organizational units provided the autonomy and flexibility for the development of degree programs and rapid adjustment of courses and programs to meet changing social and educational needs. Over the years, the School has maintained a positive impact on public schools by moving innovatively to meet their shifting needs.


The mission of School of Education at Clark Atlanta University is to prepare highly competent, autonomous, critical-thinking candidates for P12 schools and various educational settings serving all students, particularly those belonging to culturally and linguistically diverse groups.


The School of Education will, consistent with the mission, vision, and core values of Clark Atlanta University, continue to drive and elevate the discourse in seeking answers to societal problems and challenges endemic in local, national, and global scholastic environments.

Conceptual Framework Theme

Preparing Critical Thinking Change Agents to Improve Academic Outcomes in Diverse Schools and Communities.


The CAU School of Education is committed to preparing candidates who graduate with a broad knowledge base, proficient skills and a predisposition to uphold quality teaching and learning standards. The faculty and staff believe that every learner has the right to an education that prepares each person for full participation in our society. Moreover, the faculty and staff believe that diverse schools and communities provide a unique context for integrating and mobilizing the rich community resources that culturally and linguistically diverse learners bring to the school setting.

As such, the School of Education rests on the premise that every child should be taught, counseled, and led by competent, committed and caring school personnel. To this end, candidates are prepared to model these traits and become advocates for all learners.

Revised and approved by the School of Education, April 16, 2010
Revised and approved by the Director of Planning, Assessment, and Research and the Provost and VP of Academic Affairs, May 28, 2010
Revised and approved by the Executive Cabinet, June 8, 2010

Philosophy was revised and approved by the School of Education, October 29, 2010