School of Education

School of Education

Our future rests squarely in the hands of the more than 2.2 billion children on our planet. Everyone’s future, therefore, depends on the degree to which children are well educated to change the world for the better. Clark Atlanta University’s School of Education faculty, staff and students believe that every child, regardless of language, culture, ethnicity, perceived ability and/or circumstance, can learn. Moreover, we assert that every learner deserves an opportunity to maximize his or her potential.

Everyday, we prepare and challenge current and future educators to provide these opportunities. Whether pursuing bachelor’s, specialist, master’s or doctorate degrees, our candidates are more than mere instructors, counselors, and school leaders, they are learner advocates equipped with the knowledge, skill, and disposition to be change agents. That is our brand…and our calling: we equip educators to transform the lives of all learners from preschool to high school graduation and beyond.


Undergraduate Programs


School of Education Faculty

Nurturing Thought Leaders for Enhanced Academic Success

“Preparing Critical Thinking Change Agents to Improve Academic Outcomes in Diverse Schools and Communities”

Here, you will find instruction focused on addressing issues in our nation’s and the world’s increasingly diverse classrooms.  You will find opportunities to create partnerships that promote critical thinking and develop best practices in teaching, counseling, leadership, professional service and, most of all, research.  You also will find faculty who are experts in the field, relevant in their approach and unafraid to advance and innovate the profession, in and outside the classroom.


  • Bachelor of Arts - Elementary Education
  • Bachelor of Arts - Educational Studies - Child Development
  • Master of Arts in Teaching Science
  • Masters of Arts in Mathematics Education
  • Masters of Arts in Special Ed. General Curriculum
  • Master of Arts in Educational Leadership - Tier I
  • Master of Arts in School Counseling
  • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Educational Specialist in Educational Leadership
  • Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership - Tier II
  • Doctor of Education in Higher Education

Why Choose CAU

At Clark Atlanta University, we offer an exceptional educational journey that sets us apart. Choosing CAU means embracing a legacy of academic excellence, cultural diversity, and community engagement. Our supportive and inclusive campus nurtures your personal and professional growth, providing a platform for you to thrive.

Within the Clark Atlanta University School of Education, you’ll find a dynamic and innovative environment. We blend rigorous academics with real-world experiences, preparing you to excel in today’s competitive landscape. With a focus on ethical leadership, social responsibility, and global perspectives, our programs empower you to make a meaningful impact in the world. Join us at CAU and embark on a transformative journey that will shape your future success.

HBCU Executive Leadership Institute

The first competency and performance-based program of its kind,  ELI will help preserve and strengthen HBCUs as a hub for education, opportunity and uplift in the community they serve.

The Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) at Clark Atlanta University (CAU) has developed a robust program for knowledge delivery, hands-on skills, and intuition based on know-how for Fellows who are aspiring executive leaders and change agents for the future of HBCUs and for chairs and members of these institutions.

The HBCU Executive Leadership Institute (ELI) at Clark Atlanta University (CAU) will provide a Certification program that trains future presidents for the nation’s HBCU’s.

Pearlie C. Dove Colloquium

The annual Pearlie C. Dove Colloquium is sponsored by the School of Education, and takes its name from alumna and longtime professor Pearlie C. Dove, Ed.D. Dove is a Professor Emerita and former chair of the Division of Education that 40 years ago led Clark College’s successful national accreditation in teacher education. The Colloquium is a testament to her legacy and the legacy of others who inspired and prepared her as an educator, innovator and advocate. It aspires to encourage and promote spirited exchange related to the work of teacher-education, leadership, and counseling in diverse educational settings.
The event is open to the public, particularly the community, teachers, practitioners, scholars, and most of all students, so as to engage, direct, and invoke the best thinking on how to the address challenges, opportunities, and innovations in the world of teaching and learning.   


The Clark Atlanta University School of Education stands as a beacon of academic innovation, dedicated to equipping future educators and leaders with the skills, knowledge, and passion to drive positive change in diverse educational environments. With a rich legacy of commitment to educational excellence dating back to its founding, the School of Education continues to be a dynamic hub where theory meets practice, cultivating critical thinking change agents who are poised to transform academic outcomes in a variety of schools and communities.


Why Study Here?

Mission: Our mission is to prepare highly competent, autonomous, critical-thinking, candidates for P12 schools and various educational settings serving all candidates, particularly those belonging to culturally and linguistically diverse groups.

Vision: The School of Education will, consistent with the mission, vision, and core values of Clark Atlanta University, continue to drive and evaluate the discourse in seeking answers to societal problems and challenges endemic in local, national, and global scholastic environments.

Unleash your potential and harness the power of education at CAU. Join our School of Education and become a catalyst for change in the world.