Dean’s Welcome


Dr. J. Fidel Turner, Jr., Dean - Dean's Brief Biography 

Welcome to The School of Education at Clark Atlanta University. The faculty and staff of the School of Education at Clark Atlanta University welcome you to our website. Thank you for your interest in either beginning or continuing a career in the education (P-12), higher education or the counseling profession. It is our mission to recruit, prepare and support outstanding teachers, mental health professionals, and administrators who will create lifelong opportunities for America’s diverse urban communities.

Clark Atlanta University is a comprehensive institution dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, creative work and service. Every day, we prepare and challenge current and future educators, counselors and leaders. Whether pursuing bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees, our graduates are more than mere instructors, counselors, and educational leaders, they are learner advocates equipped with the knowledge, skills and dispositions to become change agents.

Clark Atlanta University’s School of Education faculty, staff and students believe that every child, regardless of language, culture, ethnicity, perceived ability and/or circumstances, can learn. Moreover, we assert that every learner deserves an opportunity to maximize his or her potential. That is our brand…and our calling: We equip educators to transform the lives of learners from preschool to high school graduation and beyond!

The School of Education is organized into three academic divisions: Curriculum and Instruction; Educational Leadership, and Counselor Education. Our state approved and nationally accredited teacher education, educational leadership and counseling programs ensure that graduates are well-prepared to meet the standards required by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  Our master’s programs in school and clinical mental health counseling are nationally recognized and accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

As you learn about the School of Education, I encourage you to explore our website, contact us for more information or schedule a campus visit. You will discover that at the heart of everything we do is a commitment to student success through excellence in teaching, learning, research and service. I am proud to serve as the dean of a school which plays such a vital role in advancing the mission of Clark Atlanta University. I invite you to join us in realizing our vision of being one of the leading urban-serving schools of education in the nation.

Our remarkable community of faculty and staff are dedicated to the greater purpose of service and, as a result, to the futures of those you will inspire, teach, serve and help throughout your career.


J. Fidel Turner, Jr., Ph. D., Dean
School of Education
Clark Atlanta University