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Academic Programs

Why choose UA

Today’s K-12 public school classrooms reflect our increasingly diverse society — and that offers many opportunities for enriching experiences for students and their teachers. These classrooms of the 21st century also present challenges. As you prepare to teach students from all backgrounds, we want you to know you will have the training and skills you need so that they, and you, succeed.

To do this most effectively, the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education is concentrating its focus on undergraduate teacher licensure programs as well as two master’s level programs for K-12 administration and curriculum instruction.

In addition to your coursework, you will have many opportunities throughout your years at UA to take what you’re learning and apply it during field experiences in classrooms throughout Northeast Ohio. Being in the field will give you real-time, hands-on experiences so that you understand what happens in a classroom long before you graduate and begin your teaching career. In many instances, your mentor teachers will be UA alumni.

Look for even more field experience opportunities with our new Urban STEM Education Center. The initiative is designed to support the increasing number of urban schools and communities expanding their STEM offerings — science, technology, engineering and math — for K-12 students.

Our Urban STEM Education Center will offer school-based programs, professional development workshops for teachers, and research and evaluation of those initiatives. The STEM education on our campus makes UA a natural partner to help schools strengthen their STEM programs — it’s one more way we are helping to meet the challenges of the 21st century.


Department of Curricular & Instructional Studies
Department of Educational Foundations & Leadership
Akron, OH  44325-4208
Phone:  (330) 975-2632
Fax:  (330) 972-5636

Interim Department Chair:  Dr. Jarrod Tudor

Administrative Assistant:  Mrs. Samantha Kincaid

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Our Programs

The LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education offers a variety of outstanding undergraduate and graduate programs for student interested in teaching or educational leadership.

  • Undergraduate Degree Programs
    We offer bachelor degrees in early childhood, middle level, Adolescent to Young Adult (AYA), intervention specialist and P-12/Multi-age education, with a variety of areas of concentration. There are also two undergraduate endorsement programs.
  • Graduate Degree Programs
    M.A. and M.S. degree programs in curriculum and instruction, elementary education with literacy, and Adolescent to Young Adult, as well a Master of Science in Principalship are available.  There are also three graduate-level endorsements.

Professional Development

The Office of Professional Learning offers cutting-edge master's degree and certificate programs and professional development workshops, many of them offered at your location (i.e., school district).

Summer and Fall 2019 enrollment

If you have been admitted to the College of Education and need assistance registering for Summer or Fall courses within the College of Education after your enrollment appointment (which can be found in My Akron), follow the link below.

Registration Request Form

Applying and Admission

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Apply to Our Programs

How do you know if you're on track in your educational program? These guidelines will help you stay on track!

Make sure you're on track

If you are not yet admitted to the College of Education and have questions about our programs, contact one of our Preadmission Advisers

Preadmission Advising

colorsLJFF circularLooking for a meaningful way to make a difference in our community?

Earn college credit while mentoring middle school students in Akron Public Schools

» Watch the LJFF UA Mentors video

In partnership with Akron Public Schools and the LeBron James Family Foundation College of Education, students can enroll in 5500:223 Urban Youth Mentorship.  Through this unique partnership, LeBron's I PROMISE kids receive hands-on mentorship and encouragement from LJFFCOE students.

Get more information

If you have questions, contact Dr. Susan N. Kushner Benson,