Jennifer K. Rice
Dear College of Education community,

Welcome to the University of Maryland College of Education! Whether you are a potential student, a current member of our vibrant College community of faculty, staff, and students, or a member of the broader community with an interest in educational issues, I am glad you found your way to the University of Maryland College of Education’s website. We are an academic community deeply committed to excellence, equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice in all we do.

Through our teaching, research, and engagement, our College of Education is dedicated to impactful work that transforms educational contexts and learning experiences. I invite you to explore our innovative academic offerings, find out more about our renowned research, and reach out to connect with our community.

World-Class Learning Opportunities

The College of Education provides research- and practice-oriented programs through its three departments: Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership; Counseling, Higher Education and Special Education; and Human Development and Quantitative Methodology. Our programs prepare students to be effective and transformative educators, counselors, psychologists, administrators, researchers, and statisticians.

Ranked among the top schools of education in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, the College houses nine top-ranked graduate programs. Our counseling psychology program – jointly run by the university’s College of Behavioral and Social Sciences – is ranked first in the nation, reflecting the merit of our faculty and students.

Our high-quality educational programs are accredited and approved by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP), the Maryland State Department of Education, and the American Psychological Association.

As an institution, we are committed to excellence and innovation in our academic programs and our students benefit from access to some of the leading voices in their fields. We also value and benefit from community partnerships with local school systems, nonprofit organizations, and governmental agencies, which provide our students unparalleled access to hands-on and on-the-ground learning.

Pioneering Research

Our faculty and students engage in research that goes beyond the laboratory and makes a difference for schools, families, and communities. Our graduate students collaborate with the field’s leading researchers, benefitting from mentorship and coursework that reflects the latest scholarship.

How does the brain change as we learn to read? How does faculty diversity impact student achievement? What interventions are most effective for special education students? How do we improve educational assessments? These are some of the diverse questions our renowned researchers tackle.

We also contribute to scholarship on the most pressing issues of today – from COVID19’s impact on early childhood education to anti-Black racism in academia and society.

The College is home to the Center for Early Childhood Education and Intervention, the Maryland Equity Project, the Center for Mathematics Education, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education, the Center for Educational Innovation and Improvement, the Center for Young Children and numerous other department-based centers and programs. We offer a variety of fellowships and scholarships to attract the best and the brightest to our research centers and laboratories.

Real-World Impact

We are dedicated to practice and research that transforms learning and education, while advancing social justice. Our work is designed to expand access to high quality educational opportunities that empower individuals to reach their goals and contribute to the broader civic, democratic, and economic goals of society.

It is vital that we not only further understanding of education and human development, but that we share that knowledge to improve lives in Maryland and throughout the broader national and international community. Our alumni, leaders in their fields, work with individuals from infancy through adulthood in schools, community agencies, colleges, and universities.

We partner closely with local school systems through student teaching and mentorship programs in surrounding counties, K-12 school improvement projects, education leadership development, school counseling initiatives, and other collaborations.

Finally, our status as the flagship university in the State and our location just outside of Washington, D.C. allow for close relationships with leading research agencies and nonprofit organizations on Capitol Hill and around the world.

I invite you to explore our website, contact our program directors with admissions questions, dig into our research, and connect with us on social media. I am grateful for your interest in the University of Maryland College of Education.

Jennifer King Rice
Dean, University of Maryland College of Education