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Dean's Message

Welcome to the College of Education!

CarpenterTexas State University has a long history of strong teacher education and related programs. Each program in our College offers a unique state of the art research and data-based curriculum combined with field experiences of growing complexity as you move to higher levels of study, usually culminating in an internship or student teaching assignment. It is this blending of theory and practice that results in the greatest and most useful learning, appropriate to the challenges of educational practice. Our students not only learn critical thinking, oral and written communication skills, and collaborative and teamwork methods, but they also have opportunities to practice them, then reflect on the results, be coached, and practice them again. This is the best way to learn, facilitated by our faculty, and reflective of the work settings that students are preparing for. Of course, one would expect nothing less than excellent educational methods from the College of Education!

Just as important as the academic curriculum is a personal relationship between students and faculty. Mentoring and modeling are crucial ways that faculty members enhance students’ understanding of the various educational professions represented in the College. And it’s not just faculty that are here to help students. The goal of every staff member is to provide excellent service to our students. Yet another special relationship that each undergraduate student should develop is with an Academic Advisor, who is a trained, caring, and experienced person who takes the time to understand unique circumstances and offers tailored guidance. The College of Education, then, provides the student a supportive environment, facilitating learning and development through a partnership of sorts with everyone that works here.

The College of Education offers a wide variety of Bachelor’s degrees and other programs leading to teacher certification in virtually every conceivable area. Also available are initial degrees that prepare students for careers in health education, exercise and sport sciences, and therapeutic recreation. Master’s degree offerings run the gamut from those that help teachers learn even more to Special Education, to School Psychology, to Professional Counseling. Students can study Educational Leadership, Health Education, Recreation and Leisure, or Adult Education. We have doctoral programs in School Improvement and Adult, Professional, and Community Education. There are other options and combinations that are possible in the College, but the point is that we are a full service College of Education within which almost any student can find a meaningful career path.

All College programs are offered in San Marcos, of course, but our teacher education programs, the master’s in Professional Counseling, and the master’s in Educational Leadership are offered at Texas State’s Round Rock Higher Education Center. Both campuses are conveniently located near Austin, less than two miles from Interstate 35.

Thank you for visiting our website. We hope to see you soon and then we can truly and personally welcome you to the College of Education and Texas State.


Best regards,

Stan Carpenter, Ph.D.
College of Education

pdf iconCarpenter Bio Sheet : Brief Biography for Dr. Stan Carpenter(PDF, 38.1 KB)