The College of Education and Pofessional Development, accredited by NCATE since 1954, is the oldest academic unit within Marshall University, dating back to 1867. Approximately 33 different educational certifications are offered, including certifications in early childhood, elementary education, middle childhood education, secondary education and administration. The Master of Arts in Teaching provides students with degrees in other fields, the opportunity to take professional education courses along with field experiences and graduate with teaching certification and a Master’s degree.

In addition to teacher education programs, and Consumer Science. Under the direction of the Dean, service programs within the college include the Appalachian Studies Association, Autism Training Center, COE Research & Policy Center, HEART Tutoring Program, June Harless Center for Rural Education Research and Development, Higher Education Learning Program (H.E.L.P.), Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) Training Center, MU Child Development Academy, MU Early Education Center, MU Early Education Outreach Program, MU Computer Based Testing Center, NLP Research and Training Center, Professional Development Schools Partnership, and the Shewey Learning & Research Center.

The College of Education and the Graduate School of Education and Professional Development provides an array of degree and professional development programs, continuing education opportunities and services that address needs of adult learners who are primarily fully employed students. The college provides professional/technical expertise for the service area and is actively involved in addressing regional and state level educational, mental health and social issues. Education Specialist Degrees are offered in Adult and Technical Education and Community and Technical College Studies. Two doctoral programs in education are for those majoring in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership.