Graduates from top-ranked UVA School of Education and Human Development have gone on to be leaders and innovators in a variety of fields from education to health sciences, entrepreneurs to researchers. They are making the world a better place.

At the UVA School of Education and Human Development, we believe in a holistic approach to education. Learners often have needs that cannot be met with just one method. That is why we teach our students to view the learner from various angles, considering emotional, physical, and social needs in addition to intellectual. By offering many areas of study, including counselor education, kinesiology, special education, psychology, curriculum and instruction, and more, our students understand how to connect across disciplines and help their future students reach their greatest potential.

Here you will have opportunities to participate in ground-breaking research, collaborate with internationally-renowned faculty, and contribute to solving real-life problems. For example:

  • Turning a longstanding belief on its head, results from an EdPolicyWorks study show that teacher turnover under IMPACT improved student performance on average.
  • Whether it is working on a report for the United Nations or serving as a leader for Universitas 21, our students collaborate and network with scholars around the world.
  • Our academic programs have partnerships with U.Va.'s Darden School of Business, the School of Medicine, the School of Engineering, and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

Our programs are some of the highest ranked in the nation. Understanding which program and degree will help you fulfill your career and personal goals can be tricky. Here are some potential career paths to help you make the right choice.

“I picked UVA way back in 1986, and continue to choose The University for my studies because of its high reputation and excellent faculty. I have never been disappointed in the level of rigor of my coursework, my learning experiences, or in the faculty with whom I have developed relationships.”

– Maureen Boland, Principal, Rolling Valley Elementary



Master of Teaching (MT) If you already earned an undergraduate degree and are interested in becoming a teacher, this degree qualifies you to teach in the P-12 schools. Students who successfully complete this program earn licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia, which is reciprocal in most states. The Teacher Education program offers part-time and full-time options.

Master of Education (M.Ed.)  This degree provides you with tremendous flexibility. As an M.Ed. graduate, you can work in a myriad of fields including:

  • K-12 Teaching
  • Higher Education
  • School Administration
  • Government and Policy
  • Curriculum & Instruction
  • Counseling
  • Health & Wellness
  • Instructional Technology
  • Speech Communication Disorders
  • Education Research
  • Non-profit and community organizations

Interested in becoming an accomplished practitioner who integrates and applies education theory to the classroom and school? Earning an Ed.S. degree prepares you for leadership as a:

  • School administrator
  • Teacher - specializing in certain area
  • Instructional Coordinator
  • Researcher
  • Curriculum Specialist

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) — Match your passion for education and a drive for leadership with an Ed.D. degree. It qualifies you to take leadership positions in various fields including:

More information on the School of Education and Human Development's Doctor of Education degree.

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) — Find out how far your learning can take you. With a Ph.D., you can engage in original education research and take a leadership position in academia and elsewhere. With this degree, your career path will likely take you as a:

  • Researcher at a research center, policy center, or government agency
  • University faculty member or post-doctoral fellow

Learn more about all the education degrees offered at the School of Education and Human Development!

By the Numbers

  • 15 th

    Best Graduate Education School in the Country, U.S. News & World Report

  • 9

    Programs Ranked in the Top 20, U.S. News & World Report

  • 1 st

    Ranked Happiest City in the U.S., Harvard Gazette

Alumni Success Stories

Find out how our grads benefited from the UVA School of Education and Human Development experience.

  • Lauren Price, 2015 Graduate

    “I just started as an assistant principal in Fairfax County Public Schools and it would not have been possible without UVa. My connections through UVa and association with UVa helped me stand out against a deeply competitive pool of applicants and secure interviews. The research, discussions from classes, and internship experiences gave me specific, anecdotal evidence to highlight my qualifications in interviews. My references were professors and colleagues from UVa and because of their reputation, their recommendations carried a lot of weight. About 95% of the course content in all classes is relevant in my current position.”

  • Chris Powell, 2015 Graduate

    “My UVA School of Education and Human Development experience allowed me to build off my current understandings of leadership and pushed me to consider new ideas, strategies, and ways of thinking about how to lead in a variety of settings. My professors (and classmates) supported my leadership development by providing experiences entrenched in evidence-based practices with ample opportunities for practical application and reflection.”

  • Steve Saunders, 2008/2013 Graduate

    “Through classroom discussions, writings, and experiences, we learned how to think critically about topics such as school finance, organizational theory and change, and school law. The realistic experiences, particularly during internships, helped us see what school leaders wrestle with daily, and to see how reality and theory intersect. For example, during school finance courses we learned key ideas, and then the professor (Stewart Roberson) used his school system’s current financials for us to use in class discussions and activities. Experiences like this made the theories real and gave the authenticity that we need to prepare as leaders.”