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Why AU's School of Education?

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At AU SOE, we empower creative, passionate, critical thinkers to be effective educators for a diverse and changing world. Our programs and activities are guided by the following vision, mission, and core values.


The School of Education aims to be locally, nationally, and internationally recognized for making a meaningful impact in the field of education through innovative teaching, research, and service. Our impact will be achieved through rigorous scholarship; advocating for equitable and inclusive learning environments; advancing social justice; preparing effective educators; providing leadership in public-policy arenas; and collaborating with local, national, and international communities and organizations.


The mission of the School of Education is to create knowledge and prepare students to transform societies through education.

Core Values

The School of Education has six core values:

  1. Excellence
  2. Equity
  3. Antiracism and Social Justice
  4. Diversity and Inclusion
  5. Collaboration
  6. Innovation

The Mission of the School of Education


Hear Dean Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy speak about SOE's mission.