Changing society for the better: It's why we choose to become education professionals. This insistence on challenging and reshaping the status quo guides all we do at the College of Education at Illinois.

As part of the University of Illinois, a public land-grant institution, our mission extends far beyond our classrooms and campus. We aim to make a difference in people's lives locally, nationally, and globally.

Members of the College of Education community share a commitment to certain ideals: A respect for diversity of ideas and social identities. A dedication to community outreach. A responsibility to make the tools of learning accessible to everyone.

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Creating and nurturing a diverse community of learners is foundational to who we are. Our dedication to ensuring equitable outcomes for all is what guides our research, teaching, and service. 

You can see our commitment to diversity in the people of our community. We're proud that:

  • 40% of our tenure-track faculty are from underrepresented populations
  • 28% of our graduate students are from underrepresented populations
  • 10% of our students overall are from international populations
  • 100% of our strategic initiatives address issues of access, equity, and culturally relevant assessment

The diverse backgrounds of the faculty, students, and alumni who call our College home enrich the learning experience. Through conversations and coursework, you'll be challenged and inspired to create a just future by making education equitable, accessible, and relevant for all learners.

In 2014, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award, "the only national award honoring U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion."