School of Education

Welcome to the School of Education

Greetings Future Panthers!

Our mission is clear: we are dedicated to preparing highly competent, autonomous, and critical-thinking educators for P12 schools and diverse educational settings. We prioritize candidates from culturally and linguistically diverse groups, striving to empower all learners.

Aligned with Clark Atlanta University's mission, vision, and core values, our School of Education is committed to driving forward the discourse that seeks solutions to the complex challenges prevalent in local, national, and global educational landscapes.

Our overarching theme is "Preparing Critical Thinking Change Agents to Improve Academic Outcomes in Diverse Schools and Communities."

Thank you for joining us on this important journey as we work together to make a lasting impact on education.

Warm regards,

J. Fidel Turner, Jr., Ph.D.
Dean, School of Education

Contact School of Education

Phone Number: 404-880-8505
323 Rufus E. Clement Hall
Clark Atlanta University James P. Brawley Drive, S.W. Atlanta, GA 30314

About the School of Education

Our future rests squarely in the hands of the more than 2.2 billion children on our planet. Everyone’s future, therefore, depends on the degree to which children are well educated to change the world for the better. Clark Atlanta University’s School of Education faculty, staff and students believe that every child, regardless of language, culture, ethnicity, perceived ability and/or circumstance, can learn. Moreover, we assert that every learner deserves an opportunity to maximize his or her potential.

Everyday, we prepare and challenge current and future educators to provide these opportunities. Whether pursuing bachelor’s, specialist, master’s or doctorate degrees, our candidates are more than mere instructors, counselors, and school leaders, they are learner advocates equipped with the knowledge, skill, and disposition to be change agents. That is our brand…and our calling: we equip educators to transform the lives of all learners from preschool to high school graduation and beyond.

The School and Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree programs are nationally accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Our programs are affirmed by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, formerly National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and all programs were approved by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GAPSC) at both the initial and advanced levels.  Our status in the local, state, and national community is important to us.

But we also want to provide you with other important information as you transition into the role of future change agents and advocates. Here, you will find instruction focused on addressing issues in our nation’s and the world’s increasingly diverse classrooms.  You will find opportunities to create partnerships that promote critical thinking and develop best practices in teaching, counseling, leadership, professional service and, most of all, research.  You also will find faculty who are experts in the field, relevant in their approach and unafraid to advance and innovate the profession, in and outside the classroom.

Because, after all, we believe in education; and we believe in our candidates and their ability to make a difference.  If you are committed to the ideals of equity and excellence for all learners, you belong here at Clark Atlanta University’s School of Education. Explore our website now to find your place in the future of education…and the future of the world.

School of Education News
Academic Programs
  • Certification in Early Childhood Education 
  • Elementary Education
  • Educational Studies – Child Development
  • Master of Arts in Teaching Science 
  • Masters of Arts in Mathematics Education 
  • Masters of Arts in Special Ed. General Curriculum  
  • Master of Arts in Educational Leadership – Tier I    
  • Master of Arts in School Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership    
  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership – Tier II   
  • Doctor of Education in Higher Education

We are honored to have received the 2021 CAEP Frank Murray Leadership Recognition Award for Continuous Improvement.

National Aspiring Principals Fellowship

Empower Principals for Equity, Culturally-Responsive Student Success. The Fellowship centers on equity and culturally-responsive instruction to prepare principals to remove barriers to student success.
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Academic Departments

Counselor Education

Counselor Education

The Department of Counselor Education offers MA programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling, aligning with Clark Atlanta's mission to prepare LPCs and Certified School Counselors.

Curriculum and Instruction


Explore various education degree programs, including Early Childhood Education, Educational Studies, Secondary Education, Special Education, and Post-Baccalaureate Certification.

Educational Leadership

Educational Leadership

The Department of Educational Leadership at Clark Atlanta University prepares leaders for American schools and districts, focusing on diverse, urban communities in alignment with the university's mission and core goals.
School of Education Events

A Tradition of Educational Distinction

The School of Education stands as a beacon of excellence, producing illustrious alumni who have shaped educational landscapes globally. With a legacy of empowering leaders in education, it’s the heart of innovation and inclusivity. Attending Clark Atlanta University means joining a community that fosters a commitment to transformative education, providing the skills and knowledge to make a lasting impact on future generations. Elevate your journey at CAU and be a part of the legacy that defines the future of education.