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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! For more detailed information, here is an overview (Opens a PowerPoint file) of what our college has to offer you, along with a list of some of our accomplishments.


Whether you are interested in becoming a teacher, school administrator, 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.   Because we care so much about improving teaching and learning, we have a wide range of programs in early childhoodelementarysecondary, and special educationleadership, and school counseling. In fact, UNF is the only school in Florida's State University System that offers a degree in Deaf Education. This is just one example of how UNF’s College of Education and Human Services is leading the way in making the world a better place.


Here in the College of Education and Human services, we strive to inspire our students to be difference makers. Whether they end up working in classrooms, athletic fields, or anywhere in between, our students have been afforded opportunities to learn in hands-on, collaborative environments prior to graduation. Partnerships are key to all of our programs, as they provide real-world learning experiences. For example, in collaboration with Duval County Public Schools, we have established Urban Professional Development Schools where faculty and practicing educators collaboratively support learning in classrooms and schools. The sport management program provides our students professional experience in a wide range of sport fields and as a result we have strong partnerships with prominent sport organizations such as the PGA, Jacksonville Armada, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp, Jacksonville Jaguars and more.

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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