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The UAB School of Education is working every day to transform lives and to optimize human potential. We are known for our cutting-edge programs that prepare professionals to serve in a diverse world.  Our outstanding faculty are not only leaders in their fields, but also excellent mentors and teachers who inspire others to grow and to learn.


The UAB School of Education is home to a diverse array of undergraduate and graduate programs in areas such as educator preparation, counselor education, health education, and kinesiology (formerly physical education).  Our programs are accredited by relevant organizations, and are staffed by world-class faculty.

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UAB School of Education faculty are at the leading edge of investigating some of today’s most vexing challenges in areas such as exercise science, health disparities, language/literacy development, urban education, and special education.  The School of Education includes several centers that help to support this work: The Center for Educational Accountability and the Center for Urban Education.

The vision and mission of the professional education unit are consistent with the vision, mission, and goals of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and are seen throughout the conceptual framework.  This consistency ensures that professional education candidates have a wide general knowledge, a deep knowledge of the content they will teach, and a deep understanding of how individuals learn.  We envision the UAB School of Education as a recognized leader in preparing professionals to meet the needs of a diverse society throughout the 21st Century; therefore, programs in the professional education unit at the University of Alabama at Birmingham have been designed to support and fulfill the University’s mission to discover, teach, and apply knowledge. 

The mission and purpose of the professional education unit is to prepare and support skillful, reflective professionals who improve the quality of life in diverse communities.  We accomplish our mission through implementation of learner-centered programs that are developmental, inquiry-focused, and standards-based. 

The conceptual framework of the professional education unit, “Reflective Professionals Prepared for Success in Diverse Communities,” provides coherence to the unit’s operations and academic programs at both the initial and advanced levels.  The coherence among initial and advanced curriculum, instruction, clinical experiences, and assessments reflects the unit’s shared vision and mission.  Faculty endorse and promote the mission statement as philosophy and practice and are passionately committed to empowering professional education candidates who provide all learners with essential values, knowledge, and skills for the 21st Century. 

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