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Mission of the School of Education

The primary mission of the School of Education is to prepare educators as leaders. Within the university, the School of Education serves Kansas, the nation, and the world by

  1. Preparing individuals to be leaders and practitioners in education and related human-service fields,
  2. Expanding and deepening understanding of education as a fundamental human endeavor, and
  3. Helping society define and respond to its educational responsibilities and challenges.

To accomplish this mission, the School of Education

  1. Offers an extensive curriculum leading to academic degrees and professional licensure,
  2. Requires faculty and students to engage in scholarship, and
  3. Provides a range of professional services to schools, other institutions, and individuals.

The components of preparing educators as leaders that frame this mission for our initial programs are

  1. Research and best practice,
  2. Content and pedagogical knowledge, and
  3. Professionalism.

These three themes build our conceptual framework.

Mission Statement

View the mission statement of the School of Education.


The School of Education offers programs that lead to teacher licensure in unified early childhood and at the elementary, middle, and secondary levels, as well as nonlicensure options in athletic training, community health, or sport science with emphases in sport management and exercise science (pre-physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, and strength and conditioning).

Students planning to teach must complete programs composed of three major parts: General Education (requirements completed primarily in the first two years), Major (content areas in which students are specializing), and Professional Education (course work that helps them to understand students as learners and to communicate knowledge effectively).

On admission, students who plan to major in health and physical education report to the Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences. Students who plan to teach all other subjects and in elementary education and unified early childhood are in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. Course requirements for each of the three parts of the Teacher Education Programs are listed under departmental headings.

Data from the Title II Report

The Title II Report provides information about the performance of KU School of Education teacher education program students on required state examinations. This data is part of the Title II report required by the federal government.

99 percent of KU teacher education students passed the required state licensure examinations in academic year 2007-08.

Study Abroad

Licensure-year students in the Teacher Education Program may apply for teaching internships at any Department of Defense Dependents School, most of which are in Western Europe. Consult the School of Education, J.R. Pearson Hall, 785-864-3726, for further information.

Special Services

Learning Resources

The Learning Resource Center and Gale Sayers Microcomputer Laboratory facilitate and support teaching, research, and service activities with educational applications of printed materials, media, and microcomputers. The Gale Sayers Microcomputer Laboratory is in 104 J.R. Pearson Hall; the Learning Resource Center is in 110 J.R. Pearson Hall.

School of Education Student Organization

SESO is open to all students interested in careers in education. Information is available in the Welcome Center, 208 J.R. Pearson Hall.

University Honors Program

The school encourages qualified students to participate in the University Honors Program.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression and genetic information in the University’s programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.