About the college

Michael Rodriguez

For more than 100 years, our faculty, students, staff, and alumni have had a deep and historic impact on society. We are driven by a sustained belief in the value of each child, each person, as an individual with unique talents and challenges; an understanding that research and collaboration with community professionals will lead to solutions that will improve lives; and a dedication to preparing educational and human service professionals to carry the values and knowledge discovered here into the world to make it a better place.  

Our college makes a real difference in people’s lives. Discover that difference for yourself.

Michael C. Rodriguez, Dean


The mission of the University of Minnesota College of Education and Human Development is to contribute to a just and sustainable future through engagement with local and global communities to enhance human learning and development at all stages of the life span.


The College will advance research, teaching, and community engagement to increase opportunities for all individuals to have a successful start in life and to foster healthy human development, and will provide programs that meet the demands of the 21st century.

About our students 2023-2024 academic year

High school students first year retention rates

  • High school students first year: 90.3%
  • High school students of color first year: 88.7%

Undergraduate students

  • Total enrollment: 2,315
  • Undergraduate majors: 10
  • First generation enrollment: 34.3%
  • Undergraduate students of color: 37.2%
  • Our 72 undergraduate international students come from 21 countries.

Graduate students

  • Total enrollment: 1,738
  • Programs: 76
  • Graduate students of color: 26.9%
  • Our 232 graduate international students come from 58 countries.

Graduation rates

  • New high school student four-year graduation rate: 71.7%
  • Masters degrees time to degree: 1.7 years
  • Doctoral degrees time to degree: 5.2 years


CEHD has more than
78,000 alumni

Senior Management Team

Michael Rodriguez

Michael C. Rodriguez

Dean, College of Education and Human Development
mcrdz@umn.edu | 612-626-9252

Administrative Office Manager (calendar)
Henry Southwick | 612-626-4810 | south159@umn.edu

Nicola Alexander

Nicola Alexander

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, Diversity, and International Initiatives
nalexand@umn.edu | 612-624-1507

Tabitha Grier-Reed

Tabitha Grier-Reed

Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Faculty Development
grier001@umn.edu | 612-626-8271

Cassie Scharber

Rashné Jehangir

Assistant Dean for Education Opportunity Programs
jehan001@umn.edu | 612-625-3551

Cassie Scharber

Cassie Scharber

Assistant Dean for Professional and Online Education
scharber@umn.edu | 612-625-6607

Frank J. Symons

Frank Symons

Senior Associate Dean for Research and Policy
symon007@umn.edu | 612-626-8697

Gail Renteria

Gail Renteria

Chief Financial Officer
and Chief of Operations
Tel: 612-625-0398 | Fax: 612-624-7332

Yvonne Shorts-Lind

Yvonne Shorts Lind

Human Resources Director

Ryan Warren

Ryan Warren

Innovation and Partnership Officer
rwarren@umn.edu | 612-626-5740

Employment opportunities

College contacts

Directory and college contacts.


To view and apply for open positions, please visit the University of Minnesota Employment System. When searching postings, search by Department for open positions in CEHD.

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