Our Mission


The mission of the College of Education is to recreate the landscape of education and health by providing research-based programs to prepare leaders who empower tomorrow’s citizens as lifelong learners, develop and disseminate knowledge, contribute innovative ideas, and to leverage the strengths of a diverse society.


The College of Education strives to be the preeminent place society turns to solve pressing problems facing education, including health and wellness, and to be the college of choice for the preparation of educators and educational leaders.


The College of Education at The University of Texas at Austin is consistently ranked among the top 10 public education colleges nationally by U.S. News & World Report. The college is at the forefront of change—inside and outside the classroom. We develop educators, researchers, and health and sport professionals who meet the challenges of a diverse society and empower others to be lifelong learners and to lead healthy lives.


The College of Education celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2016-17. Founded in 1891 as the School of Pedagogy, we have a rich history as a leader in education.


The college is housed in the George I. Sánchez Building. Sanchez is located near the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Congress Avenue, just four blocks north of the Texas State Capitol, and is home to administration and advising offices, and four of our five departments—Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Policy, Educational Psychology, Kinesiology and Health Education, and Special Education. The Department of Kinesiology and Health Education is located in Bellmont Hall.


Our research-based programs train education and health professionals to bring vision and leadership to teaching and learning. Partnerships with leading research centers and community practitioners prepare students for successful careers as teachers, physical therapists, coaches, professors, counselors, researchers, and more.

Core Purpose

To transform lives for the benefit of society

Core Values

Excellence: Expect the highest level of achievement from students, faculty, and alumni

Leadership: Develop consensus and generate knowledge and ideas to solve pressing educational, health, and social problems

Diversity: Embrace individual differences in every aspect of the educational process

Discovery: Expand knowledge and human understanding

Innovation: Create and test new approaches and models for solving educational and social problems

Collaboration: Build relationships, nurture partnerships, and enhance opportunities

Service: Care for others and address the needs and problems of society

Responsibility: Be accountable and evaluate effectiveness

Degrees Granted and Certification

  • More than 800 bachelor of science degrees awarded annually in Applied Learning and Development, Kinesiology and Health Education, and Athletic Training.
  • More than 350 master’s and doctoral degrees are awarded annually.
  • More than 500 students are recommended each year for Texas education certification through the State Board for Education Certification.


  • 111 full-time tenured/tenure-track
  • 122 non-tenure track


  • Of more than 2,000 undergraduates, approximately half prepare to be elementary educators and half pursue kinesiology and health education majors.
  • More than 1,200 doctoral and master’s degree students


  • The college’s endowment has a market value of more than $58 million:
    • $25 million for faculty support
    • $19 million for student support 
    • $13 million to program endowments 

Research Expenditures

Research expenditures were $57.6 million in 2017. In its 2018 rankings, U.S. News & World Report ranked the college 3rd nationally in research expenditures. The college has ranked within the top 3 in the country for more than a decade.