Welcome From the Dean

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Welcome to EKU’s College of Education! We embrace our heritage as a college of opportunity. The faculty and staff work to ensure a learning climate that supports, challenges, and enriches students who aspire to professions in a diverse, complex and technological society. As an institution of opportunity, we provide a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, venues to study around the globe, robust clinical experiences and engaging research involvement with faculty.

The faculty are dedicated to the preparation of students who effectively problem-solve, think critically, implement skillful pedagogy, integrate content, and demonstrate dispositions that foster life-long learning and development. These combined experiences result in graduates who are prepared to address the diverse educational needs of all learners.

I invite you to check us out and learn more about our dynamic programs in the College of Education. The faculty, staff and I look forward to welcoming you into the Colonel family!

Dr. Sherry W. Powers

Dean, College of Education

At Eastern Kentucky University, we strive to continuously learn and develop the most effective ways to prepare teachers, leaders, and other professionals for the variety of school and professional settings that exist today. Our strategic initiatives and strategies define the primary goals, outline our work for the next five years, and ensure we achieve our primary goals.

Vision & Values

The College of Education is a college dedicated to innovative student engagement and success, advancing Kentucky, and impacting the world. Our values permeate the mission and allow us to achieve our vision: ethical decision-making, which is characterized by integrity, intentional stewardship of resources, and social responsibility; intellectual vitality, which is characterized by quality instruction and research, critical and innovative thinking, and on-going assessment; equity, which is characterized by sensitivity, respect, fairness, accommodation, and impartiality for all; collaboration, which is characterized by respectful, reciprocal accountability and service to local and global communities; and reflective practice, which is characterized by goal setting, self-evaluation, and a deep understanding of critical concepts and principles within one’s discipline.


As a school of opportunity, EKU's education preparation programs prepare and empower learners to become dynamic partners in diverse communities.

Strategic Plan

To achieve our vision, EKU's Education prepartion programs focus on four strategic goals: Academic Excellence; Cultural Competency; Stewardship of Place; and Experiential Education. Additionally, the strategic plan identifies initiatives, performance indicators, outcomes, and measurements.

Strategic Plan