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The College of Education: Enhancing Human Potential for All

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.

College of Education Stars

Dr. Taylor Acee 
Dr. 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.   More

Dr. Kathy Ybañez-Llorente 

Dr. Kathy Ybañez-Llorente, an Associate Professor in the Professional Counseling Program received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Service at Texas State University. She serves 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.

Drs. Bos and Lee 
 Dr. Beth Bos & Dr. Kathryn Lee in Curriculum & 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.

Dr. Kevin Fall
Dr. 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.

Dr. Linda Homeyer
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Dr. 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.

Dr. Stephen Gordon Link to Article
Dr. 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 Dr. Gordon and Dr. 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.
Dr. Jovita Ross-Gordon 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

Dr. Fite photoDr. Kathleen Fite, Professor in Early Childhood Education,  was recently named an International Ambassador for the Decade for Childhood.

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  Dr. Ruben Garza photoDr. 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.



Dr. Paige Haber-Curran photoDr. Paige Haber-Curran was recently selected as an Emerging Scholar through 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.

Dr. Ann Brooks photoDr. Ann Brooks gave the keynote,  “The Future of Adult Education: The Case of the U.S.”, and a special presentation at the 2013 Adult and Continuing Education Association Annual Conference in Seoul Korea.

Dr. Duane Knudson 
Dr. Knudson, Chair of the Department of Health and Human Performance is internationally known as an expert on the biomechanics.  His research areas are in the biomechanics of tennis, stretching, qualitative diagnosis of movement and learning biomechanical concepts.  Read More

Ohenewaa Asiedu Okyere, HHP international student from Ghana, received the Outstanding Research Poster Award Ohenewa photo at the 2013 Applied Geography Conference in Annapolis, Maryland.  

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Dr. Karen 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.  Read More

Dr. Russell Lang 
Dr. Russell Lang, Assistant Professor, 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. Dr. Lang's research is most often conducted in applied settings including children's homes and schools. He serves on the editorial review board for Journal of Development and Physical Disabilities, Developmental Neurorehabilitation, and Behavior Modification and he is a former board member for Journal Applied Behavior Analysis.

Dr. Lori Assaf
Lori Czop Assaf, Associate Professor in Curriculum and Instruction was nominated and accepted the position as Chair for Literacy Research Association International ICG. Her position as Chair will run from 2012-2015..

Elizabeth Yee photo Link to Article
Elizabeth Yee is a graduate student in School Psychology.  Click the link to play the video and hear what she has to say about her experience as a graduate student  in the School Psychology program the College of Education.

Justin Collard photoJustin Collard Link to Article
Click the link to play Justin Collard's video and hear what he says about why he decided to come to the College of Education to prepare for his career goal of becoming an elementary teacher.

Dr. Joellen Coryell 

Dr. Joellen Coryell, Assistant Professor of Adult Education in the department of Counseling Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology was presented with theprestigious 2012 Early Career Award from the Commission of Professors of Adult Education. This is a very prestigious award in the field of Adult Education, bestowed by the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education. Dr. Coryell was recently named as one of the Top 25 Texas Education Professors by Online Schools in Texas.
Dr. Mary Morrison Bennett Dr. 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.

What's New in the College of Education

Texas State University’s 4th Annual Women in Science and Engineering Conference will convene on November 21-22, 2013.  More Information

Texas State University Study Abroad

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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

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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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.

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

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.


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.


Drs. Lori Czop Assaf, Gwynne Ash, Jane Saunders, and Carol Delaney, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, are the new editors of English in Texas,  an award winning literacy journal associated with Texas Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts (TCTELA).

Health and Human Performance Stars

Moreau Link to Article
John Moreau is a renowned international judge in the sport of Modern Pentathlon and the highest ranked official in the United States. He was selected to officiate at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and was the only judge from North America to be selected for one of nine positions. He also received the unique honor of being selected to preside at the inaugural Youth Olympic Games held in Singapore 2010. In addition to his judicial and athletic achievements, Mr. Moreau has been coach for the US Olympic Modern Pentathlon Team and the Texas State Fencing Club.


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Winning championships wasn’t anything new for Daniel Baker because of his first sport, karate.  He presently holds the high rank of Grand Master (9th. Degree black belt) in Kajukenbo, (3rd. Degree black belt) in Goju ryu, (2nd. Degree black belt) in Tae Kwon Do and (3rd. Degree black belt) in Judo. Baker is completing his sixth and last year as the Executive Board President of KOA (Kajukenbo Ohana Association).

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Dr. Steven Furney is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance at Texas State University. He has received numerous recognitions at Texas State including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Presidential Award for Excellence in Service, the Everette Swinney Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Minnie Stephens Piper Foundation Piper Professor Award, and the University Distinguished Professor Award

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Megan Haynes is in her third year as a Lecturer for the undergraduate Athletic Training Education Program as well as for the Exercise Sport Science Division in the Department of Health and Human Performance.  In addition to working in the classroom, Megan participates in contract athletic training work around the area to stay active in the athletic training profession

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Carla Heffner, in addition to her teaching schedule, is active on the SWATA Competency Workshop Committee and the SWATA College/University Athletic Trainer’s Committee. She has previously assisted in administering the NATABOC exam. She is currently co-faculty advisor of the Athletic Training and Sports Medicine Club at Texas State University. She is also a faculty advisor for the Texas State Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. 

Kim Link to Article
Dr. Kim’s research is focused on understanding a neurophysiological mechanisms of muscle dysfunction following a joint injury, and developing an alternative/adjunctive therapy to active exercise training for patients suffering from sensorimotor deficits. He is currently working with patients with chronic ankle instability in his efforts to identify neurophysiological mechanisms of postural control deficits and develop a therapeutic intervention capable of restoring altered motor neuron activity responsible for postural instability.

Dr. Kathleen Fite Distinguished Alumni

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Dr. Kathy Fite
Dr. Kathleen Fite, Distinguished Alumni,  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.