Message from the Dean

As Dean of the College of Education (COE), I want to thank you for your interest in the University of Central Arkansas – where students come first. I am excited that you are considering a major in our college. I believe you’ll find we offer some of the strongest programs available at UCA.

The academic experience in COE rivals that of some of the largest and most prestigious educator preparation programs nationally. Classes are relatively small and interactions with professors both inside and outside the classroom foster a rich learning environment. Within this context, COE provides options only found at large universities. Opportunities available to our undergraduates include a range of educator degree and licensure programs, academic-focused clubs and organizations, study abroad, school-based internships, as well as service-learning opportunities related to your program of study. We offer a one-of-a-kind living and learning experience designed to prepare you for a career in your chosen profession and graduate school.

UCA is one of the top two producers of licensed school educators in the state. Currently, more than 5,000 UCA graduates work as educators in Arkansas K-12 schools, with the highest concentration of its graduates working in central Arkansas or northwest Arkansas. Additionally, the quality of UCA educator graduates is strong, as evidenced by the standardized content knowledge, pedagogical knowledge, and classroom performance skill assessments. Visit our website for more information about the exceptional opportunities available to you in the College of Education.

Again, I am delighted that you are considering the University of Central Arkansas and the College of Education. I hope to see you on campus soon!


Dr. Diana Pounder, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Education
University of Central Arkansas