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Evelyn Reid Syphax School of Education

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The Evelyn Reid Syphax School of Education & Interdisciplinary Studies produces professional educators who are dedicated to the advancement of diverse learners, communities, and a global society. Its mission is to:

  • Produce professional educators who are committed to academic excellence;

  • Empower candidates with dispositions to positively impact the development of diverse learners; and,

  • Develop life-long learners who embrace culturally-responsive educational practices.

To accomplish this mission, the Evelyn Reid Syphax School of Education offers a broad range of opportunities that advance academic rigor, relevant learning experiences, personal and professional relationships, and physical and virtual resources.



The Evelyn Reid Syphax School of Education is a premier educator preparation unit dedicated to the production of culturally-responsive professional educators for contemporary learning environments.



CAEP Accreditation Educator Licensure Programs

The School of Education is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).  The School of Education was granted full accreditation of all educator licensure programs at the initial level in April 2021.

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The Evenlyn Reid Syphax School of Education has one department: Teacher Education

Majors and Minors 

Teacher Education

  • Elementary Education

  • Special Education

Secondary Education

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • English

  • History

  • Mathematics

Professional Studies (Formally Weekend College)



Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

Virginia Department of Education – (Teacher Licensure)


Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment (VCLA)

Virginia Department of Education Assessment Resource



The Evelyn Reid Syphax School of Education values the acheivements of its alumni and wants to be updated on all of your achievements and accomplishments. Please click here to send your information. Photographs are also encouraged.

VUU Syphax School of Education Candidate/Completer Spotlight

Name: Fahryka Elliott

Name at Graduation: Fahryka Thompson

Graduation Year(s): 2001

Graduation Program(s): School of Education, School of Business Degree(s)

Earned: B.S., Business Education

Accomplishment(s): Business Teacher, 2001-2013, Henrico High School Business Teacher/Advance College Academy Coordinator, 2013-2014, Highland Springs High School National Board Certified Teacher, 2013-current M. Ed., Career and Technical Education, VSU, 2006 Post-Master's Certificate, Ed Leadership and Administration, 2013, George Washington University Educational Specialist, CTE - Business and Marketing Education, 2014-current, Henrico County Public Schools Champion, supporter for all things Computer Science Education, VDOE Advisory Council member, Code VA Board member

Syphax School of Education Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction

Lakesha Frazier Jones
Compliance Coordinator Richmond Public Schools
Class of 2022

I am a proud graduate of Virginia Union University's Evelyn Reid Syphax School of Education. I received the Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction in 22 and I currently serve as an Instructional Compliance Coordinator for Richmond City Public Schools.

After receiving my undergraduate degree in 2006, I was extremely nervous to return for a Masters Degree. After meeting with the professors, I was very comfortable beginning the program. The professors encouraged me throughout the entire process, giving me the courage to not only write my thesis but to assist another with Dyslexia as well. 

All of the professors in the Syphax School of Education Master of Arts in Curriculum & Instruction played a vital part in my academic success, graduating summa cum laude. The program and courses allowed me gain significant knowledge vital to my career.

Since receiving my degree, I have increased my salary and been offered  promotion. I have also started a non-profit organization based on the information in my research for my thesis. 

I appreciate the education I received in the Evelyn Reid Syphax School of Education. It has afforded me with the promise of a limitless future and made a significant impact on my life. 

Name: Elise H. Green

Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana

Graduation Year: 2021

Career Aspiration: To become an advocate in the urban school system that will serve as the voice of reasoning and encouragement for young students.

Accomplishments: Serve as Mentor for youth, Ordained Clergy. Foster care parent for young women with children.

Mrs. Green is currently a student at Virginia Union working on her master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Urban Education and preparing to graduate May 2021. She also holds a M.Div. degree from VUU as well as a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Morgan State University. Ms. Green is also ordained clergy and have worked with young people for over 20 years. Her a passion for empowering, encouraging, and equipping youth to do their very best.

Mrs. Green volunteered to help John Marshall's students to participate in a black history contest. Through this effort, she created a contest including ensuring over $500.00 in prize money for all grade levels (the flyer for the Black history contest she created is attached to this email). Her thoughts were that any student entering a Black History Contest with an exceptional paper should be rewarded for their efforts. The Dean of the School excepted Ms. Green proposal for volunteering her time and money to support a very worthy educational initiative. In addition, she avails herself to help anytime the school needs support and volunteerism.

“My aspiration is to become an advocate in the urban school system that will serve as an expert voice of reasoning and encouragement for young students.

My goal is to make a difference in the lives of youth in the urban school districts. To encourage and empower them to be the very best they can be. Teaching students to embrace challenges for these will be the tools needed for them to make change in the world and create a successful future for themselves.”