Dean's Message

On behalf of our faculty, staff, and students, welcome to the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD)! As interim dean, I am proud of the teaching, research, and outreach that we perform every day. Our students are future ambassadors for the college and the University of Louisville (UofL) and will go on to share their knowledge and skills with the communities and organizations in which they grow professionally and personally.

Our focus, and that of the University, is our students. We are working hard to build on the strengths of the college, investing in programs with growing enrollment, and providing innovative programs that encourage lifelong learning and support student success. We prepare our students to not only thrive in an ever-changing world, but to excel.

Together, we are working to build a culture that is inclusive, where everyone feels they belong, and where outstanding academic programs are delivered that meet industry needs. With the support of our faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors, and community partners, we will make our college a great place to learn, work, discover and connect.

Our alumni and donors are advocates of the CEHD and the University and we deeply value the legacy they create and opportunities they present for many of our graduates. I am inspired and energized when hearing our alumni share stories about their experiences at UofL and all that they have accomplished. I also appreciate the sound advice and guidance that I have received from many of our alumni and donors. We are a family--a very large one--with over 25,000 CEHD alumni who are connected through their experiences at UofL and the CEHD. I hope you will consider becoming a part of our family and participate in an academic experience that is transformative and prepares you to have the courage and passion to make a difference wherever your career may take you.


Amy Lingo, EdD, Interim Dean and Professor in Special Education
College of Education and Human Development

Dr. Lingo Bio

Dean's Position Description

Dean's Advisory Board

CEHD Administration
Dr. Meera Alagaraja
Acting Associate Dean for Innovation & Strategic Partnerships

Dr. Jenny Bay-Williams
Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Accreditation

Dr. Brigitte Burpo
Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Dr. Prathiba Natesan Batley
Professor | Interim Associate Dean for Faculty Excellence

Dr. Dylan Naeger
Interim Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Student Services & Strategic Enrollment Management

Dr. Margaret W. Pentecost
Assistant Dean of Education – Graduate Student Success

Dean's Office
Room 126
College of Education and Human Development
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
FAX: 502-852-1464

Departments and Centers in the College

CEHD's five departments: Department of Elementary, Middle & Secondary Teacher Education ; Department of Special Education, Early Childhood & Prevention Science ; Health and Sport Sciences; Counseling and Human Development; and Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development enrolled during fall 2018, just over 3,100 undergraduate and graduate students in over 80 certificate, endorsement and degree programs. The CEHD’s Education Advising and Student Services ( center is a state of the art professional academic advising office with staff who work tirelessly to support undergraduate and graduate student advising, and offer an array of services related to admissions, certification, and other important areas.

The College is home to several centers and initiatives that have a specialized mission related to education research, service, and classroom instruction.
-- The Center for Economic Education addresses social, economic, and educational inequity by providing training about personal finance and studying the economics of education, especially postsecondary education. The Center strives to promote social mobility through personal finance and making college more affordable.
-- Center for Instructional and Behavioral Research in Schools engages with the application of scientific methods to understand and prevent student failure and dysfunction. The Center involves collaborations among a wide-range of interested parties across the university to focus specifically on prevention efforts as they relate to education – broadly defined as public schooling from pre-school through post-secondary education. The center provides an impetus and structure for enhancing nationally recognizable research and scholarship in areas that represent pressing social concerns – with a focus on educational experiences from pedagogical, psychological, and social work perspectives.
--The Center for Research in Mathematics and Science Teacher Development conducts research on the development of mathematics and science teachers from the beginning of their preparation program to the end of their career.
--Early Childhood Research Center studies the contemporary issues that relate to young children, their families, communities, and their education.
--Kentucky Autism Training Center strives to bridge the research to practice gap concerning Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) by providing resources, building sustainable partnerships, and increasing the use of evidence-based practices through training programs throughout Kentucky.
--The Nystrand Center of Excellence and its university and community partners have collaborated to improve the preparation of teacher candidates, the professional development of teachers and administrators, and school contexts. The Center develops and facilitates professional development through its initiatives such as the Louisville Writing Project and the Signature Partnership program.


For over four decades, undergraduate and graduate programs in CEHD have been continuously accredited at the national and state level by the National Council of Accreditation for Teacher Education (NCATE), which is now the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB). CEHD received confirmation of continuing accreditation from CAEP in spring 2017. In addition, CEHD programs are accredited by:

--Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
--American Psychological Association (APA)
--Commission on Sport Management Accreditation (COSMA)
--Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CAAHEP)
--National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
--National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
--Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP) upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Council for Art Therapy Education (ACATE)
--Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Community Partnerships and Outreach

Ms. Sherry Durham is the coordinator of the Multicultural Teacher Recruitment Project (MTRP), which has been part of the CEHD for 30 years. The program was created to address the shortage of minority teachers in our K-12 classrooms. In addition, MTRP offers support services for students such as course advising, test preparation, career guidance, and financial assistance.

The CEHD is partnering with Ft. Knox to offer the Master Educator Course (MEC), which is a 27-credit hour program admitting over 200 service personnel and faculty cadre staff. The Department of Defense awarded funding to the CEHD to support the program. Students who participate are army employees who work at college/university ROTC training programs across the country.

The CEHD received a major gift of $5 million dollars from the Mary K. Oxley Foundation, which was matched by the University of Louisville Foundation, with a gift of $2.5 million. The purpose of the gift is to further develop and expand the work of the college through the Signature Partnership Initiative and the clinical model of educator preparation in partnership with the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS). Five JCPS schools have partnered with the CEHD to focus on building teacher leader capacity and retention, increase the number of teachers who have National Board Certification, provide onsite comprehensive professional development for teachers, and establish UofL classrooms in the schools for CEHD students in teacher preparation programs.

The CEHD and Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC) formed a partnership in 1991 to offer improved professional development to the districts. The partnership has since expanded into other areas such as college and career readiness; literacy, mathematics and leadership programs; student teacher and field placements, and much more.

International Learning

International Learning

CEHD has continued to expand the International Learning Experience (ILE), not only to our students but those in other UofL schools/colleges as well. Students in the teacher education programs travel to Belize where they teach kindergarten through middle school-aged children in local villages. In Ireland, students study higher education and cultural influences on counseling psychology and art therapy at the University College Cork and Crawford College of Arts and Sciences at Cork Institute of Technology. CEHD students in education leadership and teacher education programs have toured schools and examined leadership systems in Peru, England, and Portugal. CEHD students in the Department of Health and Sport Sciences, Sport Administration program, have traveled to Toronto, Canada, and Wroclaw, Poland to volunteer and study management of large-scale sport events.

About UofL

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The University of Louisville (UofL) was established in 1798 and is led by Dr. Neeli Bendapudi. The University is Carnegie-classified as a Very High Research Activity Research University and has three campuses with state-of-the-art research facilities. Enrollment is over 22,000 in 12 colleges and schools, and there are over 6,800 faculty and staff. The average ACT score of entering freshmen is 25.4; the budget is $1.2 billon.

Louisville is prosperous and culturally rich with a population of one million-plus. It ranks among top 10 metropolitan places to live and is a major hub of commerce, law, and health care. Learn more at and Possibility City.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or concerns, please contact the College of Education and Human Development Dean’s Office (502-852-6411). We will be happy to respond to your inquiries and hope that you will decide to join our College’s family of outstanding graduates who have become some of the state, regional, and national leaders in education, human development, human performance, and affiliated practice and research occupations who proudly serve in their professions. GO CARDS!