About Us

At the School of Education and Human Development, your passion and drive to make a difference in the lives of students and their communities is matched by outstanding faculty who will prepare you to become not just a teacher or administrator, but a leader in education.

The UVA School of Education and Human Development is considered one of the leading education schools in the country, and many of our programs are ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report. Our evidence-based approach to developing leaders in the practice of education, health , and human services, is paired with rigorous and practical research.  Our students work closely with faculty to discover innovative and proven-effective methods that address challenges  in schools, clinics, and communities across Virginia, the nation and around the world.

We offer 21 areas of study, 3 undergraduate majors, 4 research centers, 16 research labs, partnerships with a number of other schools at the University of Virginia, and a host of community programs. We also provide degree and non-degree options at regional centers around the Commonwealth of Virginia and online.

Browse our academic programs and degree types and schedule a visit with us. We look forward to meeting you and learning how you want to make a difference!

Our Real-World Impact

Our Impact Is Improving Schools in South America and Central Asia

Good teaching is good teaching, regardless of whether the classroom is in the U.S., Ecuador or Kyrgyzstan.

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Alum Goes “All In” to Lead Washington, D.C. All-Boys Prep School

Read an excerpt from A Life of Lessons by Jane Kelly.

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Evidence-Based Programs Prevent Behavior Problems in Schools

Watch a lecture by Catherine Bradshaw, Ph.D. from our Research Lectureship Series.

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High Rankings, Higher Expectations

  • 4 th

    Best Special Education Program in the Country

  • 17 th

    Best Education Graduate School in the Country

  • 7 th

    Best Elementary Education Program in the Country

  • Driving Exponential Impact

    We are scholars, teachers, and innovators whose work promotes human development across a broad array of settings, experiences and backgrounds. At the School of Education and Human Development, we prepare leaders in the practice and study of education, health, and human services while fostering authentic partnerships linking application and scholarship. The School drives inquiry, discovery and impact of new knowledge on society through rigorous scholarship, tested application, and effective innovation. With you on our team, we can do even more.

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  • Experience UVA

    There are many ways to experience the University of Virginia. Prospective students can attend an information session, sit in on a class or spend the night on Grounds. Alumni can take advantage of career services and participate in a range of events, including reunions. History enthusiasts can take historical tours offered through the University Guide Service (and at Monticello). Parents, prospective faculty and families can do all the above, plus enjoy walking tours and attend a variety of cultural events happening across Grounds.

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  • Sheila C. Johnson Center for Human Services

    The Sheila C. Johnson Center provides integrated clinical services for individuals of all ages. Our services incorporate the expertise of licensed professionals with graduate training programs that span a broad range of clinical specialties.

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