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Our Mission and History


The university's history of educating teachers goes back to 1911, when a Department of Education was founded in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In 1962, a separate school was founded to better address the needs and preparation of educators in training. In 2012, we marked the 50th anniversary of DePaul's College of Education.

College of Education Mission

Graduate Student
The mission of DePaul University's College of Education is to prepare educators, counselors, and leaders who are committed to creating equitable, compassionate, intellectually rich, and socially just environments. As part of a Vincentian university, we cultivate the social conscience, understandings, and practices necessary to address social inequities among and with individuals, communities, and institutions. We develop critical, creative practitioners and scholars who continually inquire and reflect on educational and professional practices. Through authentic experiences in and outside the classroom, we educate our students to be engaged, service-oriented citizens of local and global communities.

50th Anniversary Celebration

In honor of our mission and over 50 years of history, we've compiled some prominent moments and taken time to honor teachers. ​