Peabody Online Student Experience: Built for Inquisitive Scholars Everywhere

Vanderbilt Peabody College of education and human development was founded in 1785 with the mission of enhancing the human condition. Since 2017, Peabody Online has carried this mission forward by empowering inquisitive professionals around the country to positively impact their communities.

As full members of the Peabody community, online students access a superior educational experience built for remote learners. This experience is designed to equip students with the resources, support, relationships, and advanced knowledge needed to become leaders in their fields.

Personalized Learning – Delivered Online

Our online programs are a product of in-depth research into how students and faculty can most effectively learn and instruct outside of traditional classrooms. As a result, we’ve built an experience that blends face-to-face, live classes with interactive course work, in-person learning, and a distinct sense of community.

Our intuitive online platform allows students to access live classes, assignments, grades, feedback, and contacts in one click.

Interactive course work is designed and delivered by Peabody faculty. The online platform includes features that make learning efficient and effective, including searchable video transcripts, adjustable video speeds and dark mode for nighttime studying.

Access to community for Peabody Online students is twofold: they are a part of the larger Peabody community and a distinct online student community. Because we believe effective learning doesn’t happen in a bubble — but within the social exchange of ideas—the program is built to foster meaningful relationships. Classes encourage discussion, and students frequently collaborate in small-group break-out rooms.

Course work accessible 24/7 via mobile or desktop

Recorded lectures, case studies, and collaborative projects

Weekly class discussions on relevant topics in your field

Social tools to facilitate peer-to-peer and peer-to-faculty relationships

Real-World Applications

At Peabody, we believe that active and experiential learning is critical to students’ development. Our online programs include real-world experiences that are designed to drive career success.

On-Campus Immersions and Convenings

All students will have the opportunity to meet with peers and Peabody faculty on the Vanderbilt University campus in Nashville, Tennessee. To date, M.Ed. students have met on campus for two immersions and Ed.D. students have met for three on-campus convenings.

The on-campus immersion and convening schedule is continuously being assessed due to COVID-19 and will be adjusted as needed.

Internship Field Experiences

M.Ed. students will complete three terms of internships at schools in or near their communities. Each student will work with a dedicated field experience specialist who will ensure they receive a high-quality internship experience. Students will also have access to a placement portal through which they can organize interviews and internship schedules, and track hours.

Capstone Project

Ed.D. students will complete an intensive capstone project in their final year of study. Students will apply the analytical skills and knowledge they have developed in the program to organizational challenges and problems of practice. This experience will provide them with new knowledge that can be implemented directly in their careers.

LinkedIn Premium Career Access

Peabody Online students will receive LinkedIn Premium Career access, allowing them to send InMail messages to hiring managers, receive interactive interview preparation, and gain additional skills with LinkedIn Learning. This benefit can help students grow in their current roles or find new positions.

Student Success and Career Services

Peabody Online students receive guidance from our student success team throughout the program. With these dedicated academic and career services, students have the support needed to achieve their long-term goals.

Our support teams will help students

  • understand admissions requirements,
  • determine and meet academic goals,
  • navigate the online classroom and platform technology,
  • strategize for career success.
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