About Us

Transforming the Way We Live and Learn

Life is like a tennis match. To keep the ball in play, two sides have to be coordinated. The College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University sees life's tennis match as the interplay of learning and living. What happens in the classroom is critical to career opportunities, wise consumer choices, and personal relationships. The environment and events outside the educational setting certainly shape academic success and lifelong health and wellness.

We prepare professionals who ensure every human fulfills their potential and contributes to society's well-being. They could be preschool, elementary or secondary teachers, college professors, nutritionists, financial advisors, counselors, physiologists, business owners, school psychologists, laboratory scientists, social science researchers, or many other experts.

Our Dean, Dr. Cheryl Achterberg, and each of our 93,000 graduates is dedicated to helping all children and adults win life’s tennis match.

Top-tier Programs Attract the Best and Brightest

The college's efforts are highly regarded, and competition to join our programs can be fierce because we are:

  • The only college at Ohio State to be in the top 10 nationally: U.S. News & World Report ranked our graduate education program as ninth among public universities. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis named us as outstanding. Learn more about Ohio State's student body.
  • Fellows in prestigious organizations: American Educational Research Association, Association for the Advancement of Science, International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, American Council on Consumer Interests, and Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education.
  • Expert teachers: Fifty-eight faculty received the university’s Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching.
  • Have a rich depth of identity: Individuals of color comprise 5 percent of our 3,700 undergraduates and 15 percent of our 1,500 master's and Ph.D. students, as well as approximately 15 percent of faculty and 14 percent of staff. More than 12 percent of graduate students are from overseas.

Academics Refreshed and Renewed

As Ohio State prepared to switch to semesters, the College of Education and Human Ecology faculty took the opportunity to review and refresh our academic programs. As a result, the college realigned into three departments in 2012.

We offer BS, MA, MEd, PhD, and EdD degrees as well as the Ed.S. (education specialist) and endorsements. The college also is offering teacher preparation with licensure at the bachelor's level.

Join us in the game of life!