The Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education ranks No. 15 nationally and is the top school in the Southeast for students seeking undergraduate teaching degrees, according to new rankings from the site Teaching Degree Search.

Elon was also recognized as No. 6 for its master’s degree program in special education and its undergraduate programs in grade-specific and subject-specific teacher education were ranked in the top 20 nationally.

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The School of Education, first established in 2000, is accredited under the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

In 2021, The Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education was named following an endowment gift from the Beth and Lee Williams Foundation in honor of Dr. Jo Watts Williams ’55.

Learn more about the legacy of Dr. Jo Watts Williams ’55, vice president emerita.

Mission: Who are We

The Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education at Elon University prepares equity-minded leaders in the fields of education, physical activity and wellness who enhance the learning and lives of children and adults.

The Teacher Education program at Elon University is accredited by CAEP, the Council for Accreditation of Teacher Preparation. More information about CAEP is available here.

Vision: What We Aspire to Be

To prepare highly effective professionals who have the knowledge and skills to work as teachers, educators, advocates, and mentors. Graduates will be recognized as leaders in their work with diverse populations in a variety of settings.

Values: What We Believe

In the Dr. Jo Watts Williams School of Education, we value the dignity of each person and we respect the physical and intellectual property of others. One of our most cherished assets is our strong sense of community in which all members’ identities and contributions are celebrated and where the rights of all individuals and groups are protected. We embrace diversity in its broadest sense, including, but not limited to, diversity of age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic standing, and intellectual viewpoint. Our students and colleagues are diverse, and all are welcome and valued as a crucial part of our community.