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The College of Education prepares students for careers in education and related fields. Through its three departments, Curriculum and Instruction (CI), Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology (CLAS), and Health, and Human Performance (HHP), the College of Education prepares teachers, principals, superintendents, school counselors, school psychologists, diagnosticians, as well as professionals in health, exercise science, sports management, recreation and leisure services. The College of Education also prepares students for careers in the mental health fields of professional counseling and marriage and family therapy.

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AceeDr. Taylor Acee, assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, will deliver this year’s Presidential Seminar entitled “College Student Motivation: Emerging Research and Ideas for Practice."  Acee will review a series of experimental and correlational studies he conducted on student motivation in undergraduate courses on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the Alkek Teaching Theatre, with a short reception prior to lecture at 6:00 pm. The Presidential Seminar is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. Read more.




FallDr. Kevin Fall will be receiving the Professional Advancement Award by the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW),  on Feb. 7th at the awards luncheon at the ASGW conference in Orlando.  This award is made to recognize the outstanding activities of an individual who has helped advance the field of group work through any one of the following: research, development of a new technique or theory, public relations, legislative activities, or group work practice.





FiteDr. Kathleen Fite, professor in Early Childhood Education,  was recently named an International Ambassador for the Decade for Childhood. Read more. 







GarzaDr. Rubén Garza was elected to a three year term (2013-2016) as Chair of the Mentorship and Mentoring Practices Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association.  He was also elected to a three year term (2013-2016) as a member of the Executive Board of the American Association for Teaching and Curriculum.





GordonRoss-GordonDr. Stephen Gordon and Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon, professors in the Department of CLAS, were jointly awarded the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award by the College of Education at the University of Georgia. The awards program describes Drs. Gordon and Ross-Gordon as a partner team making a significant impact in adult education and educational leadership, and notes they were instrumental in developing the first two doctoral programs in education at Texas State. Read more.

Dr. Ross-Gordon was also recently awarded the 2013 Career Achievement Award from the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education's Commission of Professors of Adult Education. Read more.

Haber-CurranDr. Paige Haber-Curran was recently selected as an Emerging Scholarthrough ACPA: College Student Educators International. This program honors individuals who are emerging as contributing scholars in student affairs and higher education.  The purpose of the Emerging Scholars program is to support those who are pursuing research initiatives congruent with the mission and interests of ACPA and to enhance and contribute to their future research and scholarship. She will be a keynote speaker for the Middle Eastern Leadership Communication Conference, which will take place in April 2014 in the United Arab Emirates.



HomeyerDr. Linda Homeyer, professor and former chair of the Department of Counseling, Leadershp and Adult Education, was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Association for Play Therapy during its national conference in Rancho Mirage, California.

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LangDr. Russell Lang, assistant professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, was recently honored with the Ted Carr Initial Researcher Award. This award is an international recognition for contributions to the science of positive behavioral supports. It is given to only one outstanding researcher per year. Dr. Lang also won the University Award for Scholarly and Creative Activities at the Assistant Professor level in 2012. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed research papers and book chapters concerning the education and treatment of children with autism and other developmental disabilities. His primary research interest is in the treatment of challenging behaviors and instruction in play skills to children with autism spectrum disorders. He serves on the editorial review board for Journal of Development and Physical Disabilities, Developmental Neurorehabilitation, and Behavior Modification.


Ybanez-LlorenteDr. Kathy Ybañez-Llorente, an associate professor in the Professional Counseling Program received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Service at Texas State University. She will serve as a member of the Professional Standards Committee of the American Counseling Association through 2016 and is the Faculty Advisor of the Sigma Tau Sigma Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, an international professional counseling honor society.





BosLee Dr. Beth Bos and Dr. Kathryn Lee in Curriculum and Instruction were awarded an Outstanding Paper Award by the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE) 25th International Conference in Jacksonville, Florida. Their research manuscript, Mathematical Content, Pedagogy, and Technology: What It Can Mean to Practicing Teachers will be published in SITE 2014 Research Highlights in Technology and Teacher Education book.

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MorrisonDr. Mary Morrison Bennett, an associate professor in the Professional Counseling Program received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Service at Texas State. She was recently named as one of the Top 25 Texas Education Professors by Online Schools in Texas.

 Outstanding Students & Alumni

YeeElizabeth Yee is a graduate student in school psychology.

"I've always wanted to work in a school, but I couldn't see myself as a teacher or administrator. I had considered becoming a guidance counselor, but decided that I wanted to do more and have a greater impact than counseling would allow. I took an introductory course on school psychology my senior year of undergrad and discovered that this was the perfect fit for me."

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Justin Collard is an undergraduate studying elementary education at Texas State.

"I chose Texas State because we have one of the top education/teacher preparation programs in the nation. I also fell in love with the campus after attending a Bobcat Day during high school. No other school can beat the atmosphere and sense of community at Texas State!"

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BackorDr. Karen Backor, an August graduate of Texas State’s Ph.D. program in school improvement, recently was honored by the Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision (COPIS) as a Blumberg Scholar, an award given to doctoral students or recent graduates for outstanding research. Dr. Backor's award was based on her Ph.D. dissertation research on how university principal preparation programs can prepare aspiring principals to be instructional leaders.

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OkyereOhenewaa Asiedu Okyere, Health and Human Performance international student from Ghana, received the Outstanding Research Poster Award at the 2013 Applied Geography Conference in Annapolis, Maryland.

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FiteDr. Kathleen Fite, distinguished alumna, is an active scholar who has been frequently recognized by student groups as well as by her peers and colleagues for her mentorship, teaching, service, and leadership including: the Presidential Award for Excellence in Service, the Everette Swinney Excellence in Teaching Award, the Alumni Achievement Award, the Alumni Teaching Award of Honor, and the Key of Excellence Award from Texas State University. She is a past president of the Texas State Alumni Association and is a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority. Dr. Fite is the author of two books that have recorded the history of Strutters. She is a member of the Strutter Hall of Fame, a Strutter Giant, and a past president of the Strutters Always Alumni Chapter. Widely acknowledged as a champion for children, education, and human rights, particularly for underserved and challenged populations, Dr. Fite has worked as a writer, presenter, consultant, and leader at many levels. She was recently named Gesell International Ambassador and serves on the Advisory Council for the Gesell Institute of Child Development on the Yale campus. She also serves on the Board for the Association for Childhood Education International located in Washington, D.C.

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Study Abroad in Chintsa, South Africa

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LBJ Institute for Stem Education & Research

Our mission is improved teaching and learning in the STEM disciplines for students from kindergarten to graduate-level college studies (K-20). Through wide-scale sharing and implementation of effective approaches, the LBJ Institute prepares university students and faculty for STEM education outreach and intellectual research efforts that:

  • enhance teacher preparation and faculty professional development
  • contribute to the recruitment and production of more scientifically and technologically literate professionals
  • support Texas’ students with innovative approaches to excel as capable science, mathematics, engineering and technology majors

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South Africa Study Abroad Program

South African Study Abroad Course


  • CI 4378 Problems in Education (i) Elementary; (j) Secondary; (l) Bilingual
  • RDG 4380 Independent Study in Reading Instruction


  • CI 5375 Problems in Elementary Education
  • RDG 5380 Independent Study in Reading Research

Outside College of Education

  • SOWK 3339 Selected topics in Social Work
  • SOWK 4360 International Studies
  • FCD 4357 Comparative Studies in Child Development
  • FCD 3394 Problems in Adolescence

What You Will Learn
This South African study abroad course will provide students with the opportunity to develop cross cultural and intercultural competence and learn the most effective instructional strategies for teaching English to multilingual children and adults in a rural community in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The course is designed to help students take a critical, sociocultural approach to understanding human growth and development across life-span and life-spaces, compare cultural variations between literacy learning and schooling experiences in individuals raised in the United States and those in South Africa, and address a variety of issues and trends related to the schooling of children from diverse language and/or cultural backgrounds.

Cost: $3,840 (subject to change) Includes tuition and fees for six hours of university credit, lodging, meals, in country transportation, scheduled school visits, 3 days in Cape Town, $200 non-refundable fee, international health insurance.

For More Information: Contact Dr. Lori Assaf, lassaf@txstate.edu

John Moreau, HHP, recently earned the elete International Judge ranking for modern pentathlon.

John Moreau, distinguished alumnus and senior lecturer in HHP, is USA's highest ranking International Judge for modern pentathlon and can act as International Pentathlon Director for Category 'A' competitions.  He is qualified as an International Judge in Olympic Games, World Championships, and Olympic Games qualification competitions.  Scroll down the page to 'HHP Stars' to read more about John's achievements.

Dr. Assaf Leads the First Annual South African Study Abroad Course in Chintsa, South Africa

Dr. Lori Assaf lead the first annual South African Study Abroad Course in Chintsa, South Africa, with five students and two classroom teachers.  During their time in Chintsa, Dr. Assaf and her students worked with over 120 students (grades 4-8) in two township schools teaching them how to write a "Where I'm From" poem then turning their poems into digital stories.  At the same time, they studied a variety of issues related to literacy instruction, the apartheid, Bantu education, teaching English to language learners, and a socio-cultural, ecological view of literacy and learning (lifetime learning).  Graduate students in the course completed an ethnography on one school and its' issues and the undergraduate students completed interviews and case studies on one teacher in the community and read a variety of articles on South African education and literacy learning.  In addition to their academic work, they had the opportunity to visit the Transkei and Nelson Mandela's home village.  They also hiked, camped, and swam among the migrating whales!

While in Africa, Dr. Assaf co-directed the KwaZulu-Natal University Winter Writing Institute with Dr. Liz Ralfe, a colleague from the university and fellow National Writing Project Director.  The work was sponsored by the National Writing Project and the U.S. Embassy.  Based on this work, Dr. Assaf is conducting an impact study with nine classroom teachers who attended the writing institute as well as with two other directors (one in Cape Town and one in Limpopo) who are also collecting data on teachers' learning and transfer of knowledge into the classroom.  She will be returning to South Africa in October to collect classroom observations and serve as a keynote speaker for the Reading Association of South Africa (RASA) in Durban, discussing her research findings and the importance of being a writing mentor for students.

Click here to see photos and video of our amazing students volunteering in Chintsa schools.

K-12 Engineering Education Program

K-12 Engineering Education Program, Drs. Araceli Ortiz, Jesse Gainer, and Beth Bos are offering Family Engineering Nights at Blazier Elementary School through April 22. More Information

College of Education and Departmental Scholarships -- 2013-2014

Students may apply for all College of Education administered scholarships with just one online application.  Applications  are matched with all available scholarships for which individual students are eligible based upon the criteria specified by the donor.   In addition, applications are kept on file for the award year, so if new scholarships become available later in the year, applicants are considered for those as well.  To expedite the awarding process, we only accept applications through this site.

READ all FAQ information before beginning the application process.  Not all scholarships have the same timeline.  Check the FAQ page for information about when to apply and to get tips on how to manage your scholarship application.

Please click "Frequently Asked Questions" for more information.

The scholarship application link is at the bottom of the FAQ page

Teach Grant Program

Students that choose to participate in this program must agree to serve as a full-time teacher in a high-need field in a public or private elementary or secondary school that serves low-income students.


Teaching Residency Program for Critical Shortage Areas

Participants receive a stipend of $35,000, paid out over the course of 12 months in exchange for a three-year commitment (not including the residency year) to teach in an approved critical shortage area within the program’s partner local school district(s). In addition, participants receive a personal laptop to facilitate coursework and residency expectations.