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Welcome from the Dean

Headshot of Dean Dr. Diane Yendol-HoppeyThe UNF Logo with the text: Partnering to Make the World a Better Place

Dr. Diane Yendol-Hoppey, Dean

College of Education and Human Services

University of North Florida


Welcome to the College of Education and Human Services at the University of North Florida where we believe that everything begins with a student who wants to make a positive difference in the world! Our work breathes life into our university's mission which is to foster the:


"Intellectual and cultural growth and civic awareness of its students, preparing them to make significant contributions to their communities in the region and beyond. At UNF, students and faculty engage together and individually in the discovery and application of knowledge. UNF faculty and staff maintain an unreserved commitment to student success within a diverse, supportive campus culture."


As you can imagine, our college provides amazing opportunities that will prepare you for your future career! 


Whether you are interested in becoming a teacher, school administrator (in pre K-12 or in higher education), school counselor, interpreter, or a leader in the sport industry, we offer innovative and unique programs that will provide you the tools for success to have a career in these fields. 


We care deeply about improving the quality of teaching and learning in our community. Our college offers undergraduate programs in early childhood, elementary, secondary, deaf and special education that prepare future educators through hands-on learning and clinical experience prior to graduation.


UNF is the only school in Florida's State University System that offers a degree in Deaf Education  and is the only accredited American Sign Language/English Interpreting bachelor’s degree program in Florida. The COSMA-accredited Sport Management program was recently ranked #7 of all COSMA-accredited programs in the country.


The UNF STEP (Solve, Tinker, Explore and Play) Lab  is housed in our college and has allowed us to continue to grow as a strong proponent and leader in Northeast Florida’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) arena. The STEP Lab is a resource for regional preK-12 students and teachers, university faculty and students, and community/business partners. It was made possible because of generous donations from Google, Ikea, Amazon, Kaymbu, Inc., LEGO Education, and our college’s full-time partner, the Northeast Florida Regional STEM2 Hub.


Many of the College of Education and Human Services’ graduate programs are designed to accommodate working teachers/educators who are seeking graduate degrees in a wide variety of concentrations. Our Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership (Ed.D) program is one of three doctorate programs offered at UNF, and is a member of the elite Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) consortium


In closing, I am proud to say that our faculty are exemplary educators and researchers who are devoted to preparing quality graduates, as well as identifying, confronting, and creatively solving problems that schools and other human service organizations face today. If you are looking for a rewarding career in which you can really make a difference, our college is the right place for you. Come see for yourself. Meet our faculty, talk to our students, and sit in our classrooms. By the way, did I mention we are located just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean? We look forward to seeing you soon on campus!


Diane Yendol-Hoppey, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Education and Human Services


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