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About the College of Education

Founded in 1905, the College of Education at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is one of the first land-grant schools of education, revered for its groundbreaking research, preparation of educator-leaders, and worldwide impact. U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks the College and its programs among the nation’s best. Home of the late Dr. Samuel Kirk, the “father of special education,” more than 70 tenure-track faculty, nearly 2,000 undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and online students, and over 36,000 proud alumni — Great Minds Think Illinois.


Our Mission & Vision

Our College addresses the challenges facing today's learners by advancing knowledge and impacting policy through research, teaching, and outreach.

We develop the tools, methods, and habits of mind that innovate; contribute to making education equitable and accessible to all learners; and prepare leaders, researchers, and passionate advocates committed to transforming learners of all ages.

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Culture & Community

Our College nurtures and respects a diversity of ideas and social identities while providing ready access to the tools of learning.

Great Minds Think Illinois

Connect with a community of scholars whose research, teaching, and service are transforming the field of education.

Leading with Passion

Our goal is not only about excellence or doing regular things well. It's about doing things in imaginatively different ways.

The Research One Advantage

A Research One university encourages innovation and gives you access to cutting edge educational research and practice.

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