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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.


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Project LEARN-Chile Announces 100K Strong Gabriela Mistral Scholars

The Leadership and Educational Action Resource Network: Binational Graduate Student Collaboration for Educational Improvement in Chile project (Project LEARN-Chile) announces 18 Ph.D. in Education students as recipients of the 100K Strong-Gabriela Mistral Scholars award for fall 2015.


Project LEARN-Chile provides an international research and learning opportunity for doctoral students in education at Texas State University. These 18 scholars will collaborate with Chilean doctoral students from Universidad Alberto Hurtado and Universidad Diego Portales to investigate multiple forms of public education in Chile through a center for the arts, educational non-profit organizations, and citizens’ movements.


In addition to funding provided by the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Grant, Project LEARN-Chile has developed a partnership with the Gabriela Mistral Foundation, Inc. The foundation is helping to organize events and a network in Chile to advance the scholars’ learning experiences abroad. In collaboration with the foundation, the project draws inspiration from the life of Gabriela Mistral who was a Chilean teacher, poet, diplomat, and humanitarian. Mistral was the first Latin American to win the Nobel Prize in Literature and, to date, is the only Latina to have done so.  


This partnership with the Gabriela Mistral Foundation comes at an important moment. This year marks the 70th anniversary of her Nobel Prize award. “The Gabriela Mistral Foundation, Inc. is honored to collaborate in the 100K Strong-Gabriela Mistral Scholars project with Texas State University and all partners,” said Gloria Garafulich-Grabois, Director of the Gabriela Mistral Foundation. “This important initiative, under the leadership of Dr. Michael O’Malley and Tanya Long, highlights the importance that education and outreach have for all individuals and their great impact not only for the individual but in the community at large.”


100,000 Strong in the Americas is President Obama’s signature educational initiative for the Western Hemisphere. Through a competitive grant award, 100K Strong is funding the scholars’ travel to Chile in November 2015 for research fieldwork and learning, small group Spanish language lessons for scholars, and logistical support for an open conference in Chile.  


For more information, including the scholars’ bios, visit: www.projectlearn.wp.txstate.edu

CLAS Enters Second Year as Safe Office, Hopes to Expand Reach

Safe Office, Texas State University

The Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology (CLAS) is entering its second year as one of the few academic departments designated by the university as a Safe Office.  

The Safe Office Program is a collaborative effort between Texas State University’s Office of Student Diversity & Inclusion and Alliance of Texas State. A Safe Office ensures respect for Texas State students of differing sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. It also provides LGBTQIA students with timely and inclusive resources and assistance. Departments and offices earn a Safe Office designation when 75 percent or more of all full-time employees have voluntarily completed the university’s Allies Training.

“This designation reflects the department’s proactive commitment to fostering a fully inclusive learning community in a manner that expands upon the university’s nondiscrimination statement, which sets a university-wide direction by including sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression as protected categories.,” said Michael O’Malley, chair of the CLAS department.

“Alliance is very excited to experience the dedication the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology had and has to becoming and maintaining their Safe Office Designation,” said Iliana Melendez-Burciaga, Student Conduct Officer for the Dean of Students Office. “We have many offices and departments on campus that have achieved and maintained their designation, but unfortunately not many of those are academic departments.”

Assistant Professor Paige Haber-Curran recalls her drive to gain the Safe Office designation: “I initiated this effort because I wanted our department to be one where students, staff and faculty who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LBGT) feel they are valued and affirmed members of the Texas State community,” she said. “Each of our programs in the department focuses on human diversity, so I felt it was an important step to become a Safe Office in order to make a more visible and intentional commitment to supporting LGBT individuals who are part of our department, take our classes, or interact with our department in other ways.”

Still, their hope is to gain a designation at a higher level. 

“We were very excited to learn that [the CLAS Department’s] dedication goes beyond just their department, their next goal is taking the lead in ensuring that the College of Education is the first college on our campus to achieve the designation,” said Melendez-Burciaga.

They are close to reaching this goal. Current Safe Office designations for the College of Education include the advising center, dean’s office, additional institutes and centers, and many of the academic faculty.

“It is a simple placard that represents so much for our faculty, staff, and students; it is always exciting and rewarding to know that our academic departments value and make the time to ensure that our Bobcats know they are supported by their faculty in and out of the classroom,” said Melendez-Burciaga.

See the complete list of Safe Office desginations and learn more about Texas State Univeristy’s diversity intiatives: www.sdi.txstate.edu/Support-and-Empowerment/LGBTQIA-and-Allies/safe_offices


LBJ Institute Receives $3 Million NASA Grant: Advances Training for STEM Educators Across the U.S.

NASA announced Texas State University has been awarded a $3 million cooperative agreement to coordinate Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) Educator Institutes at the 10 NASA Centers across the U.S. The university will receive up to $1 million per year for three years, to support the STEM Teacher Excellence Project (STEP).

STEP is one part of a focused effort to provide high-quality STEM professional development for educators who serve student populations that have typically been under-represented in STEM fields,” said Leslie Huling, principal investigator for STEP.

NASA MUREP awards promote STEM literacy and enhance and sustain the capability of institutions to perform NASA-related research and education. The goals of the program are to expand the nation’s base for aerospace research and development, increase participation by faculty and students at minority serving institutions, and increase the number of undergraduate and graduate degrees in NASA-related fields awarded to students from minority serving institutions.

STEP is one of several grant-funded STEM-related initiatives that are coordinated through the Texas State LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research.  STEP will offer one-week institutes to teacher candidates in STEM education at each of the 10 NASA Centers beginning in 2016.  Each institute will serve a minimum of 50 participants who will be recruited from Minority Service Institutions (MSIs) from around the country.

In addition to the 40 hours of onsite professional development provided through the STEP Institutes, participants will also complete an additional 16 hours of online professional learning utilizing NASA resources.  Upon successful completion of the training, participants will earn a $500 stipend.  Additionally, participants who chose to enroll concurrently through an online course offered through Texas State University will have the opportunity to earn three hours of undergraduate credit. 

Collectively over the three years of the project, the 30 NASA STEP Institutes will provide 1,500 STEM educators with a series of content-rich NASA professional learning experiences and will impact all 10 NASA Centers across the U.S.

To learn more about the STEP project and the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research, visit: http://lbj-stem.education.txstate.edu/

Educational Leadership Alumnus Honored with 2015 National Distinguished Principals Award

The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) each year sponsors the National Distinguished Principals Award Program.  This program honors exceptional elementary and middle school principals (as well as heads of small schools which do not have principals) from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Department of Defense Schools, and American overseas schools assisted by the Office of Overseas Schools, U.S. Department of State.  The two award winners for 2015 from the U.S. Department of State-assisted schools are Catarina Song Chen from the American School of Belo Horizonte (EABH), Brazil, and Michael Schooler from the International Community School of Addis Ababa (ICSA), Ethiopia.

Michael grew up in West Texas and attended San Angelo State University for his undergraduate work.  He worked as a special education teacher in Midland ISD and then in San Marcos ISD, at Travis Elementary School.  While in San Marcos Michael attend graduate school at Texas State and earned his Master in Educational Administration in 1994.  The Department of Educational Leadership played a key role in establishing foundational values that continue to influence Michael’s leadership to this day.  The professors and collaborative learning among students instilled a desire in Michael to serve the needs of teachers in establishing the best education possible for all students.  In addition Michael’s daughter, Mary Schooler, is now attending Texas State University and will graduate in May 2015.  Texas State University continues to play a significant role in the life of this recognized educational leader. 

Michael Schooler is currently in his nineteenth year as an elementary principal and in his third year as the elementary principal at ICSA, which has an enrollment of 824 students, with 481 students in the elementary school.  ICSA offers an American curriculum along with the International Baccalaureate programs.  Prior to coming to Addis Ababa, Michael was the principal of Bennett Elementary School an IB World School, Fort Collins, CO, Washington Elementary School in Canon City, Colorado, and Jones Elementary School, Brackettville, Texas .

An important event in his career was hearing Sir Kenneth Robinson speak on creativity and schools at a National Association of School Boards meeting in Colorado.  Afterwards, he reflected on the fact that some schools “squashed creativity” and so decided that he and the teachers at his school would work on developing a culture that put student creativity first.  By shifting his focus from performance to creativity, he created a better learning environment, while increasing student and teacher performance and overall growth.  Michael is an advocate for students with special needs and has worked diligently to acquire funding, as well as develop programs for students with all types of learning needs.  At ICSA he is striving to create not only support for the students, but also to build awareness in a country where children with special needs are not understood.

Michael is married with one daughter.  He is involved with a number of service projects in Ethiopia, including programs that feed public school students during the day and provide training to public school educators and leaders in best practices.  He has many interests outside of school including white water rafting (he is a licensed guide in Colorado), hiking, and fishing.  He and his wife also love the travel that comes with his position.

Along with all of the winning principals from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Department of Defense Schools, Catarina and Michael will be celebrated at the National Distinguished Principals two-day program which will take place in Washington, DC, October 16-17, 2015.  There will be a festive gala on Thursday, October 16th, at the Department of State Diplomatic Reception Rooms as well as a dinner dance, where the Secretary of Education will be the honored guest and speaker, on Friday, October 17th, at the Hilton Hotel.

See official press release.

NASA Grants $400,000 to FAMA Project Partnership among Texas State University and SMCISD

FAMA Project Meeting


NASA’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) has awarded a grant of more than $400,000 to the Future Aerospace-Engineers and Mathematicians Academy (FAMA) project, a collaborative effort between the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State University, the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District (SMCISD), and the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos (Centro).

The FAMA project aims to increase participation and retention of historically underserved and underrepresented students in STEM disciplines, including women and minority groups.

“This opportunity builds on the Little Engineers program that we have been running in partnership with Centro for the past three years; we have served over 150 students and learned that San Marcos kids are eager learners and leave our camp seeing themselves as future engineers,” said Dr. Araceli Martinez Ortiz, Research Assistant Professor and Director of the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research. “We are thankful to NASA for this funding and plan to reach ten times as many students to encourage and further develop their innovation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.”

Programming will begin in the fall of 2015 and continue through spring and summer. The three-year FAMA project is expected to impact over 1,500 elementary and middle school students per year from SMCISD.

“After the first year of the Little Engineers program, you could see the interest growing, not only within the family, but among the student’s friends,” said Gloria Salazar, Program Coordinator for the Centro Cultural Hispano de San Marcos. “That helps grow the program.”

The Centro will provide classroom space to run summer programming, as well as designate a NASA FAMA Computer Lab and Tutoring Center for year round use. The Centro will also host Family Café events to further support and encourage families to engage with STEM learning activities.

 “We all know the saying, ‘it takes a village to raise a child,’ and in essence that is what we’re doing here in San Marcos,” said Hensley Cone, Director of Secondary Curriculum Instruction and Accountability for SMCISD. “We are coming together to help the students and families of San Marcos.”

SMCISD will provide free meals for children participating in the weeklong summer camps during June and July, as well as provide bus transportation to and from four high needs schools in SMCISD. Furthermore, they will provide space for Family STEM Nights, which will be spread throughout the fall and spring semesters. SMCISD will also be encouraging teachers to participate in the NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative project to further their professional development in teaching STEM-content areas.

“Speaking to the professional development aspect, I love this partnership,” said Niki Konecki, Travis Elementary School Principal. “Not only do I know my teachers will have embedded professional development in a great program, and perhaps earn some extra money, but they are continuing to work with our students outside of the classroom.”

Additionally, Texas Mathworks, the center for excellence in mathematics education at Texas State University, will extend some scholarships to FAMA students for their participation in Mathworks programs to further support student success in higher-level mathematics and will integrate projects and activities related to NASA into their curriculum and teacher training.

“Not only are we furthering STEM initiatives, but we are partnering with our local district to help students who know us better than anyone else,” said Stan Carpenter, dean of the College of Education. “I couldn’t be happier or more proud of our college, our university, and of our San Marcos community.”


To learn more about the LBJ Institute of STEM Education and Research, visit www.lbj-stem.education.txstate.edu

September 1: Information Session for Graduate Programs in Adult, Professional, and Community Education and PhD in Adult Professional, and Community Education

The Graduate Programs in Adult, Professional, and Community Education and PhD in Adult Professional, and Community Education is offering an Information Session for those individuals who are interested in looking to advance their careers and enhance their professional skills.

Program Information Session
When: September 1st, 6:30 PM- 8:00 PM
Where: Austin Public Library-Pleasant Hill Branch (9211 E. William Cannon Dr., Austin)
Refreshments will be served and informal and open discussions will be encouraged!

For more information, please contact Dr. Joellen Coryell, M.A. Program Coordinator
coryell@txstate.edu; (512) 245-2531

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.

STREAMFest flyer

Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts Receives 2015 NCTE Affiliate Journal Award Honorable Mention

English in Texas, edited by Jane Saunders, Gwynne Ash, Lori Assaf, Carol Delaney of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and Valerie Taylor of Eanes Independent School District, published by the Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts has been named an Honorable Mention winner of the 2015 NCTE Affiliate Journal Award, given by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). 

This award, established in 1995, honors outstanding affiliate journals and their editors who demonstrate excellence in these publications. 

The wining affiliate journal must be a magazine-type publication and provide members with scholarly articles on issues and topics related to English language arts teaching. The journals are judged on content, organization, layout, and physical appearance. The variety of articles published are judged on quality of writing, evidence of research and scholarly exploration, appeal to many different groups within the affiliate, coverage of important issues in English language arts education, and inclusion of other types of writing (e.g., poetry, affiliate news, book reviews). 

For more information about the NCTE Affiliate Journal Award, see: http://www.ncte.org/affiliates/awards/journal

Vega Advances Bilingual School Psychologist Graduate Program with Costa Rica Study

Desiree Vega, Project SUPERB
Dr. Vega and students in Costa Rica.

Desireé Vega, an assistant professor in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology, has completed a six-week intensive Spanish language program in Costa Rica.

Vega’s language study is part of Project SUPERB (Scholars Using Psychology and Education to Reach Bilinguals), Texas State’s grant-funded initiative to provide more and better-qualified bilingual (Spanish-English) school psychologists to serve the growing population of Spanish –speaking children.

Vega’s objective was to advance her professional Spanish language fluency in the area of school psychology, which was supported as part of the Hispanic-serving strategic initiative of her department, which houses the specialist degree in school psychology.

“As a second language learner, I understand the process of acquiring another language is continual,” Vega said “While I have studied the Spanish language for many years and worked as a bilingual school psychologist, fluency and vocabulary development in a non-native language is constant.

“I look forward to returning to Texas State this fall and continuing to work closely with the Project SUPERB Scholars pursuing the bilingual school psychology certificate,” she said.

Her new skills will be integrated into her teaching and advancement of the bilingual school psychology training program at Texas State.

For more information on Project SUPERB, the department’s federally funded $1.05 million grant to develop and implement a Spanish-English bilingual school psychologist training program at Texas State University, please visit http://projectsuperb.education.txstate.edu.

Read more details of Dr. Vega's time abroad by visiting the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology's website. 


* This story originally appeared on Texas State University’s Office of Media Relations. See it here.

Recreational Program Among Few Selected for Virtual Road Trip

NRPA Virtual Road Trip

In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and their upcoming Annual Conference in September, the Young Professional Network of NRPA has organized a virtual "road trip" from North Carolina to Nevada (NC2NV), making "stops" at COAPRT accredited schools along the way. 

Texas State and the Department of Health and Human Performance's Recreational Administration and Therapeutic Recreation programs are one of four institutions highlighted on this virtual road trip. 

See it for yourself and learn what makes our recreational program among the best!


Dr. David Caverly PI for McGraw-Hill Education Project

McGraw-Hill Education

Dr. David Caverly, professor in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, will serve as the Principal Investigator for a project to identify research designs and methodologies for a series of studies on the effectiveness of McGraw-Hill Education's digital developmental education products. Dr. Caverly and his Co-Principal Investigators will define a consistent, rigorous, and evidence-based framework for product efficacy research. This effort will determine the types of studies that should be conducted in the near and mid-to-long term and develop a methodology for prioritizing such studies. This project received $49,878 for six months. 

Co-Principal Investigators:

Dr. Larry Price -- Professor in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology and Director of the Initiative for Interdisciplinary Research Design and Analysis (IIRDA)
Dr. Gail Ryser -- Research Fellow & Project Manager for IIRDA

Dr. Gwynne Ash Joins ILA's Board of Directors

Dr. Gwynne Ash
Dr. Gwynne Ash Joins ILA's Board of Directors

Dr. Gwynne Ash, professor at the College of Education, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the International Literacy Association—the largest literacy organization in the world.

A middle school teacher, reading specialist, and teacher educator, Dr. Ash has worked in literacy since 1991. Currently, she works alongside preservice teachers in the elementary and middle school programs as well as with reading specialist candidates in the Reading Education master’s program. Her research has been published in JAAL, Voices From the Middle, Reading and Writing Quarterly, The Handbook of Reading Research, and more. This includes her most influential pieces “Teaching Readers Who Struggle: A Pragmatic Middle School Language Arts Framework” (Ash, 2002) and “Analyzing ‘Inconsistencies’ in Practice: Teachers’ Continued Use of Round Robin Reading” (Ash, Kuhn, & Walpole, 2009).

“I believe that literacy teachers see ILA as a valuable resource. I believe that effective professional development regards teachers as knowledgeable professionals and supports them in creating localized recipes that capitalize on their strengths and fit the needs of their students and school community, grounded in research-based, theoretically-sound practices,” said Dr. Ash.

The International Literacy Association (ILA) is a global advocacy and membership organization dedicated to advancing literacy for all through its network of more than 300,000 literacy educators, researchers and experts across 75 countries.

Read the full press release at www.literacyworldwide.org/about-us/news-events.

Doctoral Student Appointed to the Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar

Jeffry King

Jeffry King, a Texas State doctoral student in School Improvement, was appointed to The David L. Clark Graduate Student Research Seminar in Educational Administration & Policy. The seminar is a highly competitive national appointment and candidates were selected based on the strength of their doctoral research study.

His research critiques Gnostic philosophical influences on the audit culture of accountability mandates and high-stakes testing prevalent in current K-12 educational policy. Focused on the relational aspects of teaching and learning, King's research helps school leaders promote the practice of a dialogic pedagogy within the standards-based learning environment that is grounded in the integration of both technique and relationship. 


The Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar is sponsored by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA), the American Educational Research Association (AERA Divisions A & L), and SAGE Publications. It brings nationally emerging educational administration and policy scholars and noted researchers together for research presentations, generative scholarly discussion, and professional growth. Many of the past graduates of this seminar are now faculty members at major research institutions across the globe. 


For more information on The Clark National Graduate Student Research Seminar visit: http://www.ucea.org/graduate-student-opportunities/david-clark-seminar/

Dr. Kathleen Fite Honored with Communities in Schools Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Kathleen Fite, professor of education, was recognized on April 29, 2015 with the Communities in Schools, South Central Texas, Lifetime Achievement Award "for changing the lives of countless students through the Bobcat Buddy Partnership over 25 years."

Project LEARN-Chile Awarded 100,000 Strong in the Americas Grant for International Learning & Research

'When we study together, we learn together, we work together, and we prosper together,' President Barack Obama
"Cuando estudiamos juntos, aprendemos juntos, trabajamos juntos, y prosperamos juntos." -Presidente Barack Obama

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced Texas State as an awardee of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Grant at the Summit of the Americas/Cumbre de las Américas in Panama City, Panama on April 9th.

The goal of 100,000 Strong in the Americas, President Obama’s signature education initiative in the Western Hemisphere, is to increase the number of U.S. students studying in the Western Hemisphere to 100,000, and the number of students from Latin America and the Caribbean studying in the United States to 100,000 by the year 2020. The goal of 100,000 Strong in the Americas is to ensure that learners throughout the Western Hemisphere are prepared with cross-cultural skills necessary in the 21st century economy and to develop a generation of leaders who can engage across borders.


All Higher Education Institutions in the Western Hemisphere were eligible to apply. Less than 8% of proposals were funded, including the Project LEARN-Chile proposed by Dr. Michael O’Malley, Chair of the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology at Texas State University’s College of Education; and co-authored with Ms. Tanya Long, Doctoral Research Assistant in School Improvement at Texas State.  

Dr. O’Malley and Ms. Long’s Leadership and Educational Action Resource Network (LEARN): Binational Graduate Student Collaboration for Educational Improvement in Chile project will create and fund learning and research abroad opportunities for Texas State University doctoral students in the field of education. It will engage doctoral students in cultural immersion and international fieldwork, and advance their skills in international educational research. Specifically, Project LEARN-Chile will design and implement a seminar course for doctoral students to conduct field research in Santiago de Chile in education and the social sciences. Delivered in partnership with Universidad Alberto Hurtado, the Jesuit University of Chile, the project will utilize a service-learning paradigm to facilitate student learning from Chilean colleagues and five community-based educational organizations while also generating research and partnerships that benefit Chilean educational systems. The students’ fieldwork in Chile will culminate in a leadership roundtable organized in collaboration with Universidad Alberto Hurtado.

Project LEARN-Chile has developed Capacity Building Innovations to systematically address known barriers to doctoral student participation in study abroad. These include models for adult learners, strategic partnerships with a Chilean university and Chilean community-based educational organizations, the practice of international research as service-learning, and Spanish language and cross-cultural readiness preparation. Pre-departure professional development focusing on global engagement and international team development will be offered by corporate partners Dell, through the company’s Global Learning Officer, and Dale Carnegie. Intensive Spanish language learning will be offered for students who are not already Spanish language fluent.

Texas State University was the only university from Texas selected in Competition 6.

Learn more about Project LEARN-Chile at www.projectlearn.wp.txstate.edu.

For further information on the 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative, please visit their website at www.100kstrongamericas.org.

Visit Universidad Alberto Hurtado at www.uahurtado.cl


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. 


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)

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.

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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 Wiley, professor in the Department of Health and Human PerformanceDr. 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. Linda Homeyer, professor, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, School Psychology
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 Paulson Department of Curriculum & InstructionDr. 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.

Revathi Balakrishnan, 2016 Teacher of the Year, Round Rock ISD

Revathi Balakrishnan is an alumna of the Teacher Recruitment Program
Sommer Elementary School Gifted and Talented specialist Revathi Balakrishnan was named the 2016 Round Rock ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year at the district's annual banquet Monday evening sponsored by the Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation and A+ Federal Credit Union. Balakrishnan has been an educator for nine years, six of which have been at Sommer as a founding staff member. Teaching is Balakrishnan's second career and she's doing what she loves, she said. She earned her teacher certification through the Teacher Recruitment Program

Alumna Joel Johnson

Joël Johnson, M.Ed. in Reading Education (Class of '13)

Joël Johnson was named Middle School Teacher of the Year by TCTELA in January 2015. The previous year she was a finalist for the H-E-B Excellence in Education statewide award. During the past six years, she has collaborated on research with her middle school students and faculty at Chapa Middle School in Kyle, Texas. Together with Dr. Lori Assaf, she has published three professional articles, two book chapters, written and received two grants, and facilitated three presentations at NCTE, TCTELA, and CTWP. 

Read more about Ms. Johnson and her recent award as TCTELA Middle School Teacher of the Year.


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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