The College of Education contains three academic departments. These are Curriculum and instruction (C&I): Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology (CLAS); and Health and Human Performance (HHP). The College of Education offers four doctoral degree programs in: School Improvement, Ph.D.: Adult, Professional, and Community Education, Ph.D.;Developmental Education, Ph.D.; and Developmental Education, Ed.D.
Teacher preparation was the original mission of Southwest Texas Normal School when it was chartered in 1899, and today faculty members in the College of Education continue to focus their efforts on this primary mission. Over the last century, the mission of the College has expanded to include the professional preparation of educators at the master's and doctorate levels as well as the preparation of professionals in other fields such as recreation administration, health and wellness promotion, athletic training, health and fitness management, licensed professional counseling, and adult and developmental education.
The College of Education offers four doctoral degree programs in: School Improvement, Ph.D.: Adult, Professional, and Community Education, Ph.D.;Developmental Education, Ph.D.; and Developmental Education, Ed.D.
Teacher education is a campus-wide commitment at Texas State. many academic departments across the campus offer core curriculum courses and major/minor courses, and the College of Education offers the certification courses. Programs leading to teacher certification are available in the College of Education for elementary, middle, high school and all-level teachers. These are:
Students seeking the 8-12 or All-level certificate will complete an academic major of their choice in the appropriate department. Within the HHP Department in the College of Education, students may acquire certificates to teach Physical Education or Health.