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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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College of Education's Stewart named to Fulbright Specialist Program

Trae Stewart, an associate professor in the College of Education at Texas State University, has been selected for the Fulbright Specialist Program roster. 

The program, coordinated by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affaris (ECA) and the Institute of International Education's Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES), hosts opportunities for international collaboration to further the development of curriculum and faculty, institutional planning and a variety of other activities. 


College of Education and Departmental Scholarships for Academic Year 2015-16: Application Deadline Extended to March 2, 2015

Students may apply for all private donor scholarships administered through the  College of Education  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.

Click the link below for a "Quick Start Guide".

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NASA awards Texas State $15 million grant for STEM teacher training

The Departments of Curriculum & Instruction and Art Education will host STREAMFEST on January 31, 2015 at the San Marcos Activity Center and San Marcos Public Library. It is a free interactive festival that will run from 11am-4pm and will be geared to all ages. With everyone's interest in STEM, STEAM (A = the arts), and even talk of STREAM (R= reading and writing), our festival will explore the art in everything and how visual artists use components of the other disciplines to create their art. We will have booths devoted to art-making in a variety of content areas (science, technology, reading/writing, engineering, art and humanities, mathematics). Each content area will be accompanied by an art gallery, hands-on make & take art activities, and demonstrations of artist’s tools and techniques. We will even have a concert performance by local artist, Terri Hendrix!!!  The event is organized by Dr. Shaunna Smith, Department of Curriculum & Instruction and colleagues in the Art Education Department. Sponsors include: The Make Lab, College of Education; The City of San Marcos; The Walkers Gallery San Marcos Activity Center; San Marcos Arts.

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USDE Awards School Psychology Program $1.05 Million Grant for Bilingual Credentialing

 Project SUPERB will prepare a total of 24 fully-credentialed, high-quality bilingual school psychologists to improve teaching and learning by ensuring that language differences and assessment of the need for special education services are competently assessed for the purpose of appropriate educational interventions.
CLAS faculty involved in Project SUPERB include:

  • Principal Investigator -- Dr. Cynthia Plotts, Professor of School Psychology
  • Co-Principal Investigator – Dr. Jon Lasser, Professor of School Psychology
  •  Co-Principal Investigator – Dr. Desireé Vega, Assistant Professor of School Psychology
  • Scholar Coordination & Supervision – Dr. Laurie Klose, Associate Clinical Professor of School Psychology
  • Practicum Coordinator – Dr. Paul Jantz, Assistant Professor of School Psychology
  • Field Supervision – Dr. Mike Garcia and Dr. Rachel Robillard, Adjunct Professors of School Psychology
  • Consultant – Dr. Robert Reardon, Associate Professor of Adult Education


Congratulations to Faculty Recipients of the Texas State Research Enhancement Program (REP) Grant

Dr. Maneka Brooks, Assistant Professor in C&I – Selective texts for long-term English learners (LTELs): An examination of high school biology teachers instructional practices

Dr. Shannon Dean (PI), Assistant Professor, and Dr. Paige Haber-Curran (Co-PI), Assistant Professor, both in CLAS – Teaching pedagogy: Creativity, inclusivity, and engagement

Dr. Kent Griffin (PI), Assistant Professor, and Dr. Karen Meaney (Co-PI), Professor, both in HHP – Cycling 4 fitness & 4 life: A positive youth development program

Dr. Jeff Housman (PI), Associate Professor, and Ms. Krista Thomas (Co-PI), Senior Lecturer, both in HHP – Creating a visual environment for cure exposure and extinction among a high-risk alcohol abuse population

Dr. Kyung Min Kim (PI), Assistant Professor, and Dr. Luzita Vela (Co-PI), Associate Professor, both in HHP – Effects of acute ankle sprain on muscle function

Dr. Jo Beth Oestreich heads Texas Fund for Geography Education project -- Latin America: A Region of Physical and Human Contrast

Dr. Jo Beth Oestreich – Senior Lecturer in C&I – is the Principal Investigator for Latin America: A Region of Physical and Human Contrast, a one-year $27,000 project approved for funding by the National Geographic Education Foundation and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Texas Fund for Geography Education.

Working with multiple partners – including the Institute of Texan Cultures at UT-San Antonio, Comal ISD, and the Harris County Department of Education – Dr. Oestreich will lead the development of a TEKS- and CCRS-aligned curricular module that includes evaluated lesson plans, case studies, and webinars on the diverse human and physical characteristics of Latin America. Developed for sixth-grade social studies teachers, high school World Geography teachers, and corresponding pre-service teachers, the module will comprise four different components: 1) physical geography; 2) political, social, and economic structures; 3) culture, art, and religion; and 4) case studies for issues facing Latin America, including migration and education.

Ph.D. in Education Program Establishes International Educational Research Partnership with Chilean Universities

Ph.D. in Education Program Establishes International Educational Research Partnership with Chilean UniversitiesFour (4) Chilean scholars from the education doctorate program at Universidad Alberto Hurtado-Universidad Diego Portales in Chile visited Texas State University to inaugurate a new doctoral level partnership. This collaboration focuses on enhancing a mutual Chilean-US research infrastructure to support continuous educational improvement in both countries. The inaugural week-long visit involved researchers and doctoral students from Chile and Texas State University.  Activities included a Research Colloquium, strategic planning, and site visits to Texas public schools in Del Valle ISD. Texas State University Provost Eugene Bourgeois, II met with the Chilean scholars and signed documents establishing this institutional partnership (see attached pic).  Texas State is also partnering with the US Embassy-Santiago de Chile in the development of this initiative.          
This partnership is being led at Texas State by the Ph.D. in Education Program, housed in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education & School Psychology. Strategic priorities established during this visit include: 1) mutual exchange of faculty and doctoral students for research and study, 2) collaborative Chilean-US educational research projects, and 3) joint participation in a proposed Center for Educational Research & Policy Development in Chile.    

Responsive Interaction Parent Training project grant award to Dr. Russ Lang and Dr. Terry Hancock

Dr. Russ Lang – Executive Director of the Clinic for Autism Research, Evaluation and Support (CARES) and Assistant Professor in C&I – and Dr. Terry Hancock – CARES’ Research Director – who will serve as Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator, respectively, have received a grant award for their Responsive Interaction Parent Training (RIPT) project. This $150,000 study is funded by the Texas Department of Assistive and Rehabilitation Services’ “Innovative Treatment Services for the Benefit of Children with Autism, Ages Three through Fifteen” program and will be completed by August 31, 2015.
Currently, over 26,000 Texas children between the ages of 3 and 15 with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are on a waiting list to receive Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)-based early intensive behavioral intervention (EIBI) services. Using RIPT, Drs. Lang and Hancock will train parents to use core components of Enhanced Milieu Teaching to support the language and communication of their children with ASD in their own homes using an online training package. Online training will involve a combination of video modeling of RIPT intervention procedures for parents and downloadable supporting training materials. Online training will be supplemented, only when necessary, by direct coaching and feedback from a project RIPT coach.

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)

Dr. Lori Assaf to Lead Study Abroad Program in Chintsa, South Africa, Summer II, July 9 - August 3, 2015

This South African study abroad course will provide students with the opportunity to develop cross cultural and intercultural competence and learn the most effective strategies for teaching English to multilingual children and adults in a rural community in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.  More

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).

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:

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.


$4,000 (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.

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.

Learn more.

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. David WileyDr. David Wiley, professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance, was recently honored for his scholarly work, Encyclopedia of School Health, selected as Outstanding Academic Titles by Choice magazine – a key professional journal in the library community. 

Dr. Homeyer Honored as Director Emeritus by Association for Play Therapy

Dr. Linda Homeyer, a professor in and former chair of the Department of Counseling, Leadership and Adult Education at Texas State University, was conferred the national honor of director emeritus by the Association for Play Therapy (APT) Board of Directors during its recent conference in Houston.

The award honored Homeyer, a licensed professional counselor-supervisor and registered play therapist-supervisor, for her lifetime achievements, contributions and service to play therapy and the association.  More

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 Carolina. 

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."



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!"


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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