The College of Education is the fourth largest college at FAU with a fall 2010 enrollment
of 3,882 undergraduate and graduate students. Nearly one‐third of our students are
over the age of 30, a reflection of our service to individuals seeking a second
career in education, practicing educators pursing advanced degrees or certification,
as well as students working toward a degree in education or an allied health field.
Most of our students are Florida residents and 32% represent ethnic minorities.
The college opened its doors in 1964 when FAU became the state’s fifth public university,
and welcomed lower division students in 1984 when FAU became a four year institution.
The college employs 71 tenured/tenure-track faculty members, 35 instructors, as
well as classroom teachers at lab schools.
Through the efforts of many, the College of Education at Florida Atlantic University
offers a variety of excellent and accredited undergraduate and graduate programs
from the departments of Communication Sciences and Disorders; Counselor Education;
Curriculum, Culture and Educational Inquiry; Educational Leadership and Research
Methodology; Exceptional Student Education; Exercise Science and Health Promotion;
and Teaching and Learning.
Also housed under the College of Education are A.D Henderson University School,
FAU High School, Karen Slattery Educational Research Center, Palm Pointe Educational
Research School, Pine Jog Environmental Educational Center and the Everglades Youth
Conservation Camp. These schools and centers provide educational opportunities for
those not yet in college, as well as, university-wide research and
for College of Education students.
The college hosts avenues for a variety of services available to
staff and the local community. Services are offered through the Center for Autism
& Related Disabilities, the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education, the
Communication Disorders Clinic, the Human Performance Lab Facilities, and the FAU
The college is proud of its programs that recruit, prepare, and support quality
educators. The College of Education was named the grant administrator by the U.S.
Department of Defense for the State of Florida’s Troops to Teachers program.
Troops to Teachers is a nationwide program authorized by Congress to recruit and
provide support services to veterans who enter the teaching field. Those eligible
can receive a stipend to pay for certification costs or a bonus if they teach for
three years in a high-need or a high-poverty school.
The college has joined forces with the School Board of Broward County to meet the
challenge of attracting, developing, and retaining qualified, competent educators
for local schools by establishing the Teaching and Leadership Center on the FAU
Davie campus. The center’s efforts include recruitment and training mid-career professionals,
procuring grant funds for professional development, and developing programs that
encourage school students to choose education as a profession.
The college provides opportunities for students to earn income while learning to
become effective teachers in three programs collectively known as the Florida Institute
for the Advancement of Teaching (FIAT). Project Good FIT (First Introduction into
Teaching) places students during their freshman or sophomore year in college in
a local school as a paid instructional intern under the supervision of a mentor
teacher; Project SMaRT (Substituting with Mentors and Realistic Teaching) places
juniors and seniors into schools as paid substitute teachers under the supervision
of a university mentor; Project AIT (Accelerated Induction Into Teaching) places
highly qualified student teachers in their own classrooms for one semester under
the supervision of a university mentor.
Although the College is a state institution, its funded allotment is not sufficient
to cover all of our operational costs. We must rely on grants and the generosity
of our alumni and donors to supplement funding.
The college of Education offers programs, services and classes across four Florida
Atlantic University campuses: Boca Raton, Davie, Jupiter and Treasure Coast.