Mission and Vision


In the School of Education, our core purpose is to change lives through advancing access to life’s opportunities. Everything we do is in support of this core purpose.

Four Areas of Distinction guide our progress towards fulfilling this core purpose:

Provide Transformative Learning

We provide a transformative educational experience rich in real-world learning opportunities.

Lead Innovation and Discovery

We lead innovation and research and bridge discovery with teaching and practice to address our most pressing social needs.

Promote Equity and Diversity

We promote a just society through valuing diversity and fostering educational and social equity.

Engage Community

We actively sustain an engaged and collaborative community of students, staff, faculty, alumni, and partners to act as agents of real-world change.

We believe these four Areas of Distinction represent critical principles for the future success of our graduates, and we are proud of our regional and national recognition as leaders across these areas. 

For a printable version of the Areas of Distinction, please click here.


The University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s School of Education is committed to advancing access to life’s opportunities by providing transformative learning, leading innovation and discovery, engaging communities, and promoting equity and diversity.

Strategic Plan

The full SOE strategic plan developed in 2017 can be found here.