• College of Education

     Message from the Dean: 

    Welcome to the website of the Julia S. Tutwiler College of Education. For over 175 years, the University of West Alabama’s College of Education has proven its dedication to serving students in Alabama and neighboring states. We have now expanded the reach of our programs to almost every state in the nation and several international locations through online learning. The College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE).

        Kathy Chandler

    The mission of the UWA College of Education is to prepare highly qualified teachers by providing opportunities for teacher education candidates to pursue a quality education and to assist in developing the important attributes of independent thinking, respect for the ideas of others, personal integrity, and character. Our exceptional faculty facilitates the enhancement of these qualities in our undergraduate and graduate students.

    The College of Education is comprised of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction; the Department of Instructional Leadership and Support; and the Department of Physical Education and Athletic Training. The UWA Campus School is also a vital part of the College of Education. Serving children ages 2 ½-5, the UWA Campus School is a laboratory school where our students can gain experience teaching in an early childhood setting. Curriculum at the campus school is enhanced by enrichment activities such as language classes provided by Chinese students, music, library, gymnastics, and science lab activities. Visiting performing artists also regularly make appearances at the school.

    Exciting developments have occurred in the curriculum within the last several years. The College of Education successfully implemented Education Specialist degrees in Elementary Education, Early Childhood Education, Collaborative Special Education K-6, Collaborative Special Education 6-12, Library Media, and School Counseling. The Early Childhood Development (non-certification) bachelor’s degree was also added to serve Head Start and daycare teachers.

    I hope that you will take time to review our website and consider becoming a member of the UWA community.


    Kathy Chandler, Ph.D.
    Dean, Julia S. Tutwiler College of Education