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Situated on a beautiful 334-acre campus in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, Vanderbilt University consists of 10 schools, four of which offer undergraduate programs. The combination of excellent academic rigor, a vibrant campus life, and an urban location attracts exceptionally talented students from around the world and consistently earns the University a top 20 ranking among the “Best National Universities” from U.S. News & World Report. Vanderbilt’s 7,000 undergraduate and 6,400 graduate students, coming from more than 97 countries, are continuously immersed in the multidisciplinary research and teaching that are at the heart of the campus community. Vanderbilt students take full advantage of student life by engaging in more than 475 student organizations, a full range of study abroad programs, Division I athletics, and a variety of exciting internship opportunities. The University makes a commitment to meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students, with no need to take out loans.
There are three teacher education programs at the Peabody College of Education and Human Development: Early Childhood & Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and Special Education. In all three programs, students get hands-on experience in the classroom early and often. In the first required Peabody class, students are already making classroom observations; this course is followed by a carefully designed set of practica in which students are given increasing responsibility for classroom activities. Undergraduates at Peabody College also have the opportunity to engage in world-class research with faculty; they coauthor faculty research papers—with research areas including learning sciences, psychology, and education policy—and present their work at professional conferences. Upon completion of the appropriate requirements, graduates of Peabody’s teacher education programs are recommended for licensure in Tennessee, which has reciprocity agreements with most states. Roughly 70% of Peabody’s graduates go straight into the classroom as full-time instructors, and roughly 20% go on to graduate studies.