College of Education

Message from the Interim Dean,
Heraldo V. Richards, Ph.D.


Welcome to Tennessee State University's College of Education website!  Come take a journey with us down pathways that lead to a brighter future!

Tennessee State University has provided quality educational programs for over one hundred years.  We are entrally located in the city of Nashville; welcoming students, faculty and staff from Tennessee, the nation and the world.  Tennessee State University is one of the most diverse campuses within Tennessee Board of Regents system of colleges and universities.  The intersecting richness of cultures blended with an illustrious HBCU tradition adds to the uniquely distinctive preparation of our students.  We prepare our students for active engagement in professions at the local, state, national and international levels.

The College of Education at Tennessee State University enjoys a rich history of teaching, research and scholarship, offering programs that are characterized by outstanding faculty who provide stellar educational experiences.  These experiences serve to propel students into successful careers.  In the College of Education, our programs reflect our conceptual framework as we prepare "competent and caring facilitators of learning; committed to diversity and the success of all."

The College of Education is comprised of three departments: Teaching and Learning, Educational Leadership and Psychology.  Each department offers a variety of programs that prepare students for professions in the fields of education, psychology and related areas.  The Teacher Education Program is National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (CAEP) accredited.  Counseling Psychology is an American Psychological Association (APA) accredited program.

The Department of Educational Leadership offers opportunity for students to study and research in one of the three degree programs:

  • Master of Education (M.Ed.)
  • Education Specialist (Ed.S.)
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

The Department of Psychology affords student opportunity to study and research in one of the following degree programs:

  • Bachelors of Science (B.S.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Department of Teaching and Learning provides students the opportunity to student and research in on of two degree programs:

  • Master of Education (M.Ed.)
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

In the College of Education, we prepare students to be leaders.  Embracing the University motto, "Enter to learn go forth to serves" students leave our hallowed halls highly skilled and prepared to enter into the workforce as teachers, administrators, psychologists, professors and more.  Our graduates strive to work for the good of the state, the nation, and the world.  We are proud of our tradition of excellence and as we continue that tradition, we invite you to join our learning community, where excellence is indeed our habit.

Learn more about the College of Education and its three (3) exemplary departments:

Educational Leadership Dr. Kirmanji Gundi, Interim Chair Office: 103 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5450
Psychology Dr. Kiesa Kelly
Office: 303 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5141
Teaching & Learning Dr. Clara Young
Office: 203 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5465


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Undergraduate Admissions
P. O. Box 9609
Nashville, TN 37209

888-463-6878 toll-free
615-963-5101 voice
615-963-2930 fax


  Graduate Admissions
P.O. Box 145
Nashville, TN 37209

615-963-7371 voice
  615-963-7219 fax


Heraldo V. Richards, Ed.D.
Interim Dean
118 Clay Hall Education Building
Office: 615-963-5451