College of Education and Professional Studies

About Us

Thank you for visiting the College of Education and Professional Studies website. Our college is a large and diverse unit serving nearly 5,000 students pursuing degrees in the 20 undergraduate and 27 graduate degree programs offered within our college. Our college mission is developing individuals and delivering programs and services to meet the needs of the professional communities served by the college. A profile that provides a quick overview of our college can be accessed here.

The College of Education and Professional Studies has a long and proud history. UCO was founded as the Territorial Normal School in 1890 with a mission of preparing teachers. As the first and one of the largest teacher preparation institutions in the state, our college has the distinction of being one of very few institutions to have been accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education for over 50 years. The motto of our Teacher Education Program is Emphasizing the 3 R's since 1890. The traditional 3 R's of reading, writing and arithmetic have been replaced by reflective, responsive and resourceful, the three areas of competency that are the core of our conceptual framework (Preparing outstanding professionals who are reflective, responsive and resourceful throughout their professional careers and belief systems).

Our college includes many talented faculty and staff members who are well qualified and effective (over 80% of classes are taught by faculty members who have both extensive practical experience as professionals in their respective fields and earned doctoral degrees appropriate to their teaching discipline). A hallmark of our college and campus is the personal attention and care faculty and staff members provide to students. The quality of our programs are validated in various ways including many national and regional accreditation bodies and numerous ongoing program improvement processes that regularly make use of data collected from students, graduates, and employers of our graduates. Much more can be found about various ways we assess and evaluate our work and how we continually adapt to environmental changes on our Quality Indicators section.

I trust that you will experience these attributes in us and let us know what we can do to help you be successful. Enjoy navigating the various areas on our college website and contact us to let us know how we can help you. Thank you for visiting our site.

James R. Machell
, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Education and Professional Studies


  • A learning community composed of knowledgeable and caring professionals committed to empowering individuals so they may be knowledgeable, creative and ethical as they contribute to the dynamic global society.


  • Our mission is facilitating the development of individuals and delivering programs and services to meet the needs of the professional communities served by the college.


  1. Involve students in transformative learning experiences related to: discipline knowledge; research, creative, and scholarly activities; leadership; service learning and civic engagement; global and cultural competencies; and health and wellness (Central Six).
  2. Develop partnerships, collaborations, and other opportunities to meet identified and unmet community needs.
  3. Enhance programs that serve identified needs in the Metropolitan Oklahoma City communities.
  4. Develop delivery models that maximize access to various students populations.