About the School of Education

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School of Education Mission

Our mission is to prepare highly competent, autonomous, critical-thinking, candidates for P12 schools and various educational settings serving all candidates, particularly those belonging to culturally and linguistically diverse groups.

School of Education Vision

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

School of Education Theme

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

School of Education Strategic Plan

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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.

The School of Education has three departments:


Certification (non-degree) 
Certification in Early Childhood Education 

Bachelor of Arts
Elementary Education
Educational Studies - Child Development

Master of Arts   
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 
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership - Tier II   
Doctor of Education in Higher Education