College of Education

Welcome to the College of Education at Slippery Rock University!

Whether you are an interested student, current student, or an alumnus, there is a lot our college has to offer you.

We are a college that:

  • Reached an 11-year high in enrollment in the College of Education at 1,862 (2022)
  • Earned the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) National Accreditation for our Counseling Program, no areas for improvement cited (2022)
  • Earned the Council of the Accreditation of Education Programs (CAEP) full 7-year national accreditation, no areas for improvement cited (2022)
  • Produced the most Instructional I certified teachers out of 98 Universities in PA with teacher education (2021)
  • Landed 62% of our graduates full-time jobs in their field (2017)
  • Created our first ever doctoral degree in Special Education (2014)
  • Created a Master's Degree in Technology for Online Instruction (2014)
  • Created a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Administration ( click here for more information--- starting Fall, 2020)
  • Created an online Principal Certification Program (Fall, 2020)
  • Drove, and continue to drive, efforts to promote teacher diversity, equity, and inclusivity ( click here for more information)
  • Earned Counseling Center accreditation in 2015
  • Secured over $1.8 million in grant funding since 2012 (Most recently the PA Dept. of Ed. Troops-to-Teachers Grant, awarded 2017-2023)
  • Awarded 133 Professor Protégé fellowships which awarded qualified freshman with $800 in stipends and a new iPad
  • Produced graduates who are winning awards and making a difference: Click HERE to read more.
  • Attracted award-winning faculty, including: Click HERE to read more.

Garnered the following recognitions:

  • College of Education was ranked 2nd in PA in 2016 by
  • Special Education program was ranked 10th best in the U.S. out of 425 qualifying colleges in 2016 by
  • Early Childhood program was ranked 19th best in the U.S. out of 425 qualifying colleges in 2016 by
  • Counseling program, which merged with the counseling center, was ranked 5th in the state in 2016 by
  • Physical and Health Education transition programs, including the Rock Life and Transition Achievement Program, which provide college and high school students who have intellectual or development disabilities with life-skills training and prepares them for competitive employment, was selected to receive the 2018 ACHIEVA Awards of Excellence for Professional Service
  • Online master's degree in math education program- secondary education: math/science with STEM concentration- was ranked by as one of the "best online master's in math education programs" for 2019
  • Online master's degree in history was ranked as one of the top 25 programs in the country by for 2018

I wish you all the best of luck in whatever way you chose to participate in the COE!

Dr. Keith Dils
Dean, College of Education

Dils speaking on podium