About the College of Education

Message from the Dean


First, let me say how excited I am that you took the opportunity to visit our website. On behalf of the faculty, staff, and administrators, I would like to welcome you to the College of Education website. I am reminded of a famous quote: Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today ” --Malcolm X

Although this past year has been filled with uncertainties, fear, anger, and disappointment, we are here today to embark on this educational journey. We will work together to maintain health and safety standards while upholding, “Excellence is our Habit,” and providing the personalized attention that is synonymous with Tennessee State University’s College Education. The College of Education continues the rich legacy of educational excellence in our undergraduate and graduate programs as evidenced by state and national accreditations. Moreover, the College of Education is one of the top educator producers in Tennessee. In the College of Education, we have three departments: Educational Leadership, Psychology, and Teaching and Learning. We have 12 programs that offer a Bachelor of Science, Master of Education, Educational Specialist, Educational doctorate, or Doctor of Philosophy degree. The College is committed to engaging students in High Impact Practices (HIP) opportunities to prepare professionals who provide service to society, apply interdisciplinary knowledge and skills, engage in effective research and best practices, respond to uncertainty and change, support cultural and linguistic diversity, rely on self-reflection, advocate and support social justice, and belong to the professional community.

Our programs provide opportunities for students to experience hands-on training, travel abroad, conduct research with faculty, attend conferences, assume leadership roles; serve as mentors, ambassadors, graduate assistants, and in other positions promoting professional development. These opportunities combined with coursework not only enhance the lives of our students but also allow our students to impact the lives of others. Furthermore, the College of Education provides academic and student support services, and career planning. Teacher Education and Student Services, located in the Office of Teacher Education, processes applications from aspiring educators and provides information and support to teacher candidates, including the arrangement of optimal field and clinical experiences and exposure to current job opportunities. The Global Student Support Services Lab housed in the College of Education offers programs to keep students on the path to graduation and professional success by providing academic and student support services such as tutoring, mentoring, coaching, career planning, test preparation, and online academic resources.

The College of Education is committed to our mission whereby we transform lives, prepare diverse populations of leaders, and contribute to economic and community development with affordable and accessible programs, while promoting academic excellence through scholarly inquiry, research best practices, teaching, life-long learning, and public service. I challenge you to begin your higher education journey at Tennessee State University’s College of Education whereEducation is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think”--Albert Einstein

Jerri A. Haynes, Ed. D.
Dean and Professor

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The College of Education aspires to be a place where students at both initial and advanced levels explore current research as they prepare to become competent and caring professionals who are able to work effectively with diverse populations.

Further, the College of Education seeks to provide students with global education opportunities, to inspire them toward a demonstrated commitment to service for others, and to provide them with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to excel in their chosen professions.


The mission of the College of Education is to prepare teachers, counselors, psychologists, and administrators to work effectively with schools and communities. Additionally, the College of Education provides all students with the technological skills, knowledge and commitment to diversity necessary for the provision of global and community service, and demonstration of professional excellence.


  1. To prepare elementary and secondary teachers, counselors, supervisors, administrators, school psychologists, counseling psychologists, special educators, and recreation workers, and wellness experts.
  2. To provide opportunities for faculty and students to pursue research and its uses in solving the problems of education, mental and physical health.
  3. To provide students with opportunities for knowledge and understanding of the multicultural society in which they live and their relationship and responsibility in such a society.
  4. To provide a sound program of guidance and to work cooperatively with other departments and colleges of the University in implementing the program.

 Robert E. Clay Hall

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