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The NEW College of Education



Clemson University is now home to a new College of Education focused on improving life outcomes throughout the state and nation.

The new college became effective July 1, 2016. The Clemson University Board of Trustees approved the creation of the college at its October 2015 meeting, part of a University-wide academic reorganization stemming from the University’s ClemsonForward strategic plan. A key enabler to the strategic plan’s success, the reorganization is designed to give each department and school a more strategic path to national prominence.

“With this reorganization and the strength of our faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends, Clemson University’s new College of Education will be ‘Best in Class.' We are confident that our collective efforts will help us strengthen and focus our already excellent programs – and help us prepare graduates who are ready to make a difference from day one.”    
– Founding Dean George J. Petersen

The New College of Education – Best in Class


The College of Education will become a nationally prominent institution of education among land grant universities through excellence in scholarship, transformational educational opportunities, and active service throughout the state and nation in order to improve life outcomes for the greater benefit of society.

Focus Areas

As a nationally prominent college of education at a land grant institution, we are committed to:

  • Improving the educational opportunities and life outcomes of all learners.
  • Advocating for a civil and just society.
  • Exploring complex social issues.


  • We will prepare resilient and highly engaged educational professionals committed to improving the educational opportunities and life outcomes of all learners.
  • We will advocate for a civil and just society through sustained engagement with schools and communities.
  • We will engage in innovative, multi-disciplinary research to address complex social issues as a nationally prominent land grant university.