"Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and
world better than you found it." - Marian Wright Edelman
The University of Memphis collaborates with many local and regional organizations
working to improve the quality of, access to, and training for all levels of education.
Partners in Education
Partnering to increase education in the Memphis, Shelby County, and Mid-South communities
is especially valued by the University.
Countless collaborations have been forged between the University and Shelby County
Schools, Memphis City Schools, private and charter schools, other local and regional
institutions of higher education, and various organizations serving the interests
of students, families, and educators.
A History of Education Transformation
For obvious reasons, education is important to the mission of the University. Educating
educators and working with local schools is at the heart of our history.
Known originally as West Tennessee State Normal School, the University of Memphis
started as a teachers’ college with a mission to transform West Tennessee through
education. As our founding program, the College of Education is proudly celebrating
a century of excellence as a national leader in the field of teacher education.
All colleges at the University of Memphis are committed to innovation and collaboration
in education research, as well as in the preparation of professionals for the highest
levels of practice in the diverse communities we serve.