Peabody College of Education and Human Development


What is Peabody?

Peabody majors include innovative programs in education, child development, cognitive studies, child studies, and human and organizational development. These programs magnify Peabody’s focus on improving the lives of individuals and enhancing their communities and organizations.

Peabody alumni include teachers in all 50 states and many foreign countries, as well as numerous college or university presidents and many superintendents of school systems. As a Peabody graduate, you’ll become part of a continuum of successful leaders in people-oriented careers—education, administration, public policy, business, research, and government. You may work with a foundation or nonprofit, direct a social service agency, train corporate managers, head a department of human resources, or lead a business. You may advance the behavioral sciences or provide medical and health care.

Whatever your path after Peabody, you will influence the values of your community and help shape the issues we address as a society.

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Support & Resources

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center

Closely affiliated with Peabody College and its Department of Special Education, the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development seeks to improve the quality of life of persons with disorders of thinking, learning, perception, communication, mood, and emotion caused by disruption of typical development.


Susan Gray School For Children

Peabody’s Susan Gray School for Children serves as a training site for teachers and researchers and provides early intervention for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who show developmental disabilities or delays.

Merit Scholarships

Peabody College awards Cornelius Vanderbilt Scholarships to incoming first-year students. Awards are made on the basis of academic achievement, intellectual promise, and leadership and contribution outside the classroom. In addition, Vanderbilt awards scholarships through the Ingram Scholars Program and the Chancellor’s Scholarship.

Honors Programs

Beginning as first-year students and continuing through four years, recipients of Peabody College honor scholarships are eligible to participate in a college-wide honors seminar that cuts across disciplines.

Teacher Licensure

Peabody College education students may combine their majors with appropriate programs in the Vanderbilt College of Arts and Science, Blair School of Music, or School of Engineering to satisfy various licensure requirements for teaching.


Accelerated & Dual Degree Programs

Qualified Peabody undergraduates can complete a bachelor’s degree on an accelerated schedule and begin working toward an advanced degree in one of Vanderbilt’s renowned graduate and professional schools.

  • 94% of seniors graduating from Vanderbilt are satisfied with the quality of instruction
  • $40 million+ in annual research expenditures