To create knowledge and support education, health and wellness professionals to serve in a diverse world.

VISION: Transforming lives to optimize human potential.

STRATEGIC PLAN SUMMARY: The School of Education strategic plan is grounded in twin pillars that highlight areas of strength and opportunity for the school: 1) Health, Wellness and Education across the Lifespan; and 2) Diversity Issues in the Preparation of Education and Health Professionals. Two cross-cutting themes support the twin pillars of the School of Education’s strategic plan and permeate the associated work: Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Technology Integration.

The goals of the School of Education's strategy include the following:

Facilitate a Positive, Balanced and Productive Work Environment

Goal: We will differentiate faculty workload, and link it to the accountability system, in order to reflect individual strengths and school/university missions.


  • Designed and implemented individualized faculty workload plans.
  • Piloted one-course reduction to the typical teaching load for faculty members who are highly productive in scholarly publications and/or grant writing.

Innovate in Teaching

Goal: We will develop, implement, and validate innovative instructional models and strategies for the preparation of education, health, and wellness professionals to serve diverse communities.


  • Met all accrediting standards of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, having received the highest possible rating in the areas of diversity and field experiences/clinical practices.
  • Partnered with the College of Arts and Sciences, in receiving  a $1.45 million grant toward support of the UABTeach program, which began in fall 2014, that enables students majoring in mathematics, science and engineering to earn a degree and a teaching certification without adding time or expense to their four-year degree program.
  • Increased the accessibility of our programs and extended our reach by enhancing our online offerings.
  • Partnered with the Peace Corps to offer a Master’s International Program (MIP) for teaching English as a Second Language.

Innovate in Research

Goal: We will conduct leading edge, innovative research and scholarly activities addressing today’s most vexing challenges in the areas of education, health, and wellness in order to create a better tomorrow for our community and for our world.


  • Received a $1.7 million NIH grant to study exercise intensity.
  • Conducted a research roundtable including education leaders from six local school districts: Birmingham City, Hoover City, Jefferson County, Midfield City, Pelham City, and Shelby County.

Innovate in Service

Goal: We will work within UAB, the local community, the state, the nation, and beyond to advance the profession and to use our professional expertise to help provide unique perspectives and create innovative approaches in areas of critical need.


Establish Our Brand

Goal: We will establish a brand to showcase our uniqueness and impact.


  • Successfully nominated faculty for national awards such as Chi Sigma Iota Outstanding Chapter Faculty Advisor for a large chapter.
  • Established student professional organizations that have garnered national awards, such as the Zeta Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, which has received the Outstanding Large Chapter award.
  • Graduated students who have gone on to receive state awards, such as State Teacher of the Year.