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College of Education

College of Education


Our Departments Mission

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.

As a premier professional school, Texas State University's College of Education is dedicated to enhancing human potential for all through excellent teaching, relevant scholarship, and community engagement.


What's New in the College of Education

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Del Valle ISD Superintendent Receives National Excellence in Educational Leadership Award; Nominated by TSU Education & Community Leadership Faculty

Photo: Dr. Michael P. O’Malley, Dr. Kelly K. Crook, Ms. Ann Heuberger (Vice-President, DVISD School Board)Nominated by the Texas State University Education & Community Leadership Faculty, Dr. Kelly K. Crook was awarded the national Excellence in Educational Leadership Award by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA). Dr. Crook is the Superintendent of the Del Valle Independent School District in Central Texas. The University Council for Educational Administration is a consortium of 98 research oriented higher education institutions committed to advancing the preparation and practice of educational leaders for the benefit of schools and children. The Excellence in Educational Leadership Award recognizes practicing school administrators who have made significant contributions to the improvement of administrator preparation.  
In her capacity as Superintendent of Del Valle ISD, Dr. Crook has worked with the community to develop a strategic plan for the district and has led district staff in using innovative practices, such as an on-site master’s program for aspiring school administrators from among the Del Valle ISD faculty, a quality student teaching initiative with Texas State University, a commitment to parent and community outreach initiatives, and a leadership vision that integrates theory, research, and practice. Dr. Crook has played a key role in establishing a district–university partnership which identifies promising school leaders and develops them into highly qualified principals and teacher leaders who are prepared to address some of the most persistent educational equity issues in Texas. Dr. Crook received her PhD in Educational Administration from the Cooperative Superintendency Program at the University of Texas at Austin and is a proud graduate of public schools. This national award was presented to Dr. Crook at a Del Valle ISD School Board meeting on 12 August 2014 by Dr. Michael O’Malley, Chair of the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology, and Dr. Barry Aidman, Advisor to the Superintendent Preparation Program.
Photo: Dr. Michael P. O’Malley, Dr. Kelly K. Crook, Ms. Ann Heuberger (Vice-President, DVISD School Board)

COE News Spring 2014 - NOW AVAILABLE

Spring 2014 NewsletterClick here to view the revamped COE Newsletter, featuring faculty spotlights, scholarship recipients, research highlights and more! (Load time varies for this high-res PDF newsletter).

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 read the Volunteer Africa Blog, where you can see photos and video of our amazing students volunteering in Chintsa schools.

College of Education and Departmental Scholarships

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 online through this website.

* 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 visit "Frequently Asked Questions" for more information.

TO APPLY, click the scholarship application link at the bottom of the FAQ page.

Featured Programs

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School Psychologists Using Psychology and Education to Reach Bilinguals (Project SUPERB)

School Psychologists Using Psychology and Education to Reach Bilinguals (Project SUPERB)
To address a shortage of bilingual school psychologists, graduate students in the School Psychology program will be prepared with specialized course work, supervised bilingual field experiences at our partner sites, and opportunities to build professional Spanish vocabulary in the areas of education and psychology. Upon completion of the program, participants receive a program-issued certificate in bilingual school psychology. Program faculty have applied for Federal funding to support students through the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). For more information, visit:

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.

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TEACH Grant Program

The TEACH Grant program was created to assist students that are seeking degrees in high-need fields and anticipate teaching in those fields at the secondary or elementary level.

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.

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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.


$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 at lassaf@txstate.edu.

College of Education Stars


The College of Education has a wide variety of experienced and accomplished faculty and staff. We are proud of their achievements and the excellent education they provide to our students. Recent faculty and staff accomplishments are listed below. Click here for a full list of College of Education Stars.

Dr. Eric PaulsonDr. Eric Paulson, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, was recently selected as Fellow in the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations (CLADEA).  Selection into the Fellowship represents the highest honor conferred upon professionals in postsecondary learning assistance and developmental education and is verification of his significant and influential contributions to our profession.  Dr. Paulson now joins a small group of 46 other individuals within our field previously honored for lifetime contributions and national/international influence. His official induction ceremony will occur at the spring meeting of the National Association for Developmental Education  (www.nade.net), on Thursday, February 26, 2015, in Greenville, South Caroline. 

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 received the Professional Advancement Award by the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) on Feb. 7 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.

Outstanding Students & Alumni


We have truly outstanding students and alumni of the College of Education at Texas State. They are impacting the world for the better, and we are so proud of their many achievements. Read about our highlighted students and alumni below. Click here for a full list of Outstanding Students and 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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