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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.
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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.
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“The history of the great universities is largely the story of an ever widening inclusion, however slow, of different groups and views, based in part on inclusion as a value in its own right.  More important, the core values of the academy are enhanced by the inclusion of more groups, within both the student and the faculty population, in the quest for a more coherent account of things” (Murray and Porter, 1996, 164). 

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is firmly committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and where all are respected and recognized for their individual differences. Diversity is a core value at UAB and is defined as the full range of human difference and potential that manifests itself in individual members of the campus community. Included in this range are many differences – race, gender, age, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religious belief, physical ability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, lifestyle preference, political conviction, and any other differences. The University values diversity among its students, faculty, and staff, recognizing that our differences contribute to our strength as an academic institution. (http://www.uab.edu/equityanddiversity/mission.hrm)

In addition to the institution’s definition of diversity, the professional education unit also utilizes the NCATE definition: “Differences among groups of people and individuals based on ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, gender, exceptionalities, language, religion, sexual orientation, and geographical area.” (Professional Standards for the Accreditation of Schools, Colleges and Departments of Education: 2002 Edition, p. 53).  As indicated in the conceptual framework proclamation, “Reflective Professionals Prepared for Success in Diverse Communities, and stated in Faculty Belief Statement #3, the professional education unit is committed to the belief that programs must promote and value diversity within the faculty, candidates, and curricula.

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