School of Education

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 will continue to work toward the goals and priorities discussed above. In the near future, we hope to be able to launch the Maryann Manning Family Literacy Center, which will bring together expertise from many areas of literacy in an effort to provide services for children and families in the community, state, region and globally. We also hope to launch a new graduate certificate in health education and a minor in human services, and provide a degree option for our existing graduate certificate in school psychometry.

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.

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.

Objectives: Identify the major activities faculty plan to pursue in support of the unit’s goals with respect to teaching, research and service during the upcoming academic year. With the agreement of department chairs, the successful completion of these plans will guide the merit-distribution process. A one-course reduction to the typical teaching load is being made available to faculty members who are highly productive in the areas of scholarly publications and/or grant writing. This will facilitate our priority of raising our scholarship profile by increasing extramural funding and refereed publications.

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.


  • The school received 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.
  • New Ph.D. program in Educational Studies in Diverse Populations
  • Increase the accessibility of our programs and extend our reach by enhancing our online offerings.

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.

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.