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From the Founding Dean



Becoming “Best in Class” is far more than a slogan for the Clemson University College of Education. As we continually strive for excellence, we realize that our efforts have real and tangible impact in our classrooms, schools and communities. We educate P-12 teachers, counselors and leaders; prepare clinical and mental health counselors; prepare training specialists and higher education administrators; and ready the next generation of scholars. More importantly, we adhere to our core values and engage tomorrow’s educators in research and learning that prepares them to make a difference in the world.

We are dedicated to enhancing the education and development of all people, particularly those in underserved communities. As part of this mission, we foster a culture that values diversity and is responsive to the needs of all learners, whether children or adults. Our graduates tell us they feel empowered and ready from day one to meet the challenges facing P-20 institutions of education and the communities surrounding them. Through their abilities and dedication, they – along with our faculty, staff, alumni and friends – play a vital role in shaping educational and economic futures in South Carolina.

I am thrilled to be a part of a Clemson family that embodies educational excellence and is dedicated to positively impacting South Carolina and beyond. Clemson has the people and focus to move the needle and make a quality difference in the lives of children, youth and adults — from pre-K through college, here and everywhere. I look forward to fulfilling our mission and becoming “Best in Class.”


George J. Petersen
Founding Dean

Fall Report

Innovation - College of Education Annual Report

Read or download our Fall 2017 Report outlining the latest accomplishments and impact of the College of Education.