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Graduate Catalog 2002-2004


The College of Education

Special Programs & Opportunities | Programs

Dean: Jeanne M. Gerlach, Ph.D., Ed.D.

5th Floor, Hammond Hall | Box 19227 · 817-272-2591 | www.uta.edu/soe

Mission and Philosophy

The mission of the College of Education is to develop and deliver education programs that ensure the highest teacher, administrator, and health, performance and physical education preparation, and to be a recognized contributor in the field of educational research and practice through effective teaching, quality research, and meaningful service. The College of Education is committed to the advancement of teaching and learning in all educational environments, at all levels, and for all students.

History and Overview

In 1979, The Center for Professional Teacher Education, now the College of Education, began offering coursework at the graduate level. In the late 1980s, a Master of Education and Teaching degree (M.Ed.T.) was approved. This degree served teachers who wanted the opportunity to extend their knowledge base in education and related fields with graduate coursework. The degree enabled students to combine graduate coursework in education with study in an academic discipline related to their teaching field or specialization. Its success led to the expansion of education offerings to include additional certifications in Reading and Educational Administration as well as endorsements in Bilingual Education (BIL), English as a Second Language (ESL), and Gifted and Talented (G/T).

As one of only a few Texas universities authorized to offer post baccalaureate teacher certification at the graduate level, the College of Education began offering graduate level teacher certification with an M.Ed.T. in the summer of 1998. With expansion of program offerings, the M.Ed.T. no longer met the needs of all degree-seeking students. In 1999, the College of Education added two new master degree programs, a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Administration and a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction.

The M.Ed.T. is now offered exclusively to students seeking teacher certification (early childhood -- grade 4, middle level, and secondary) at the graduate level. The M.Ed. in Educational Administration is available to students pursuing the Principal Certificate (Mid-Management). And, the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (C. & I.) is for educators wanting to extend their knowledge in education and related fields. The M.Ed. in C. & I. also serves students wanting to earn a master's degree along with Reading Specialist Certificate and the Master Reading Teacher Certificate. An endorsement in teaching Bilingual Education, English as a Second Language, or Gifted and Talented may also be added to the M.Ed. in C. & I. New certification offerings are currently being developed such as School Counseling. Other certifications available include Technology Applications and one for superintendents.

A collaborative program between the School of Urban and Public Affairs and the College of Education provides the opportunity for students to earn a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public and Urban Administration with an emphasis in education. For more information, see the entry for the School of Urban and Public Affairs in this catalog and contact Dr. Charles Funkhouser in the College of Education.

With the advancement in technology, many graduate courses are available via the Internet with additional courses being added each semester. The College of Education has an enrollment of more than 1,000 students with approximately 600 students pursuing graduate level degrees certificates.

Scholastic Activity and Research Interests of the Faculty

The faculty of the College of Education strives to model the characteristics of the most competent professional educators for all students aspiring to membership in the education and exercise, sport and health studies professions. Faculty members in the College of Education have consistently been recognized for their excellence in teaching in the University and beyond. They have received numerous honors, including The University of Texas System Chancellor's Council Teaching Award, election to U.T. Arlington's Academy of Distinguished Teachers, and the Piper Professor award at the state level. They have also served as guest lecturers at universities across the country. In addition, numerous faculty have received recognition for their published scholarship and professional contributions.

Faculty scholarship is also valued by the College of Education for its potential impact on the increased effectiveness of teaching and learning in professional education preparation programs and in the public and private school setting. Scholarly and research activities cover a variety of areas represented by the expertise of each individual faculty member.

Evidence of service to the College of Education, the University, the community and the practicing profession is also expected of the faculty. This includes service to local constituencies such as school districts, education service centers, parent-teacher groups, professional associations, and/or other agencies and organizations dedicated to the improvement of teaching and learning, as well as involvement in outreach programs, community events, civic leadership, and the promotion of alumni support and involvement. The extensive service activities of faculty members in the various departments have garnered additional awards from the University, the community, the state and a variety of professional organizations.

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Research interests and publications include the areas of multicultural education, current issues in curriculum and instruction, aggression and violence in young children, classroom management, innovations in math and science education, stress management in learning, gender issues in the classroom, and reducing math anxiety. Grants for expanding the knowledge of teacher preparation and the knowledge base of middle school science teachers have been repeatedly funded. In the literacy field, faculty have researched and published articles and book chapters on emergent literacy in young children, literacy policy making, reading and writing across the curriculum, literature-based teaching in English as Second Language classrooms, the use of basal reading materials and children's literature in teaching children to read, and structural analysis comparisons of children's literature classics. In the area of early childhood education, faculty are researching historical and theoretical connections in the lives of Piaget and Montessori, developmentally appropriate practices, the incidences of rage and anger in young children in day care settings, and teacher certification standards.

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

In Educational Administration, research activities and publications have focused on school leadership trends, developing collaboratives between university, public, private and charter schools, fostering creativity in learning organizations, and studying school policy, governance, and finance issues.

Department of Kinesiology

Faculty research interests and publications include the study of respiratory distress during maximal work, metabolic cost of free weight circuit training, the developmental kinematics of young females overarm throwing, and the study of hyperbaric oxygen effects on treatment of diseases. Other research includes the study of critical power in relationship to cycling time performance, wheelchair sport performance enhancement, the in vivo 4-Androstene-3, 17-dione and 4-Androstene-3, 17-diol supplementation in young males, and body composition of postmenopausal women according to spine (AP L2-4) bone mineral density. Additionally, Kinesiology faculty publish research on the context-based teaching-learning processes within preservice physical education lessons and the impact of curricular interventions on outcomes.

Special Programs and Opportunities

The College of Education offers a variety of special opportunities for learning and professional growth for graduate students. An educational technology center, a variety of clinical field experiences, visiting authors and experts, membership in professional organizations, and specialized library resources are some of the special programs and opportunities that enrich students.

A special technology classroom designed particularly for education students offers access to computer use and technology training, including the Internet.

Several graduate courses offer links to field experiences that greatly enrich the course content. This includes regular observation and participation in PK-12 classrooms, individualized administrative internships for students seeking Principal Certification, and summer literacy clinics that bring children to campus to work with graduate students earning the Reading Specialist Certification.

Graduate courses routinely host authors and experts in various areas to share their experiences and insights. Guests include outstanding professors from other area universities, award-winning educators, and others.

Student organizations, such as the Student Reading Association (an affiliate of the International Reading Association), Kappa Delta Pi, and the Association for Childhood Education International, offer graduate students leadership opportunities.

Student awards, scholarships, and graduate assistantships are available to graduate students who qualify.

To support College of Education programs, the Library houses a Curriculum Collection and a Juvenile Collection for student use in conjunction with their education coursework.

The Department of Kinesiology presents several lecture series and seminars, including the Anderson Sports Performance Lecture Series, the UTA/American College of Sports Medicine Lectures, the Exercise Science Seminars, the American College of Sports Medicine Health Fitness Instructor Workshop, the American College of Sports Medicine Health Fitness Instructor Certification Examination and the Dance Ensemble Concert.

The College of Education offers creative and flexible scheduling of graduate coursework to meet the needs of professional educators, including Saturday, weekend, interim and evening classes year-round.

Distance learning via the Internet is available for a variety of courses.

Teacher Career Services

Education students are assisted in securing positions as teachers and administrators through the efforts of the Office of Teacher Career Services. The office maintains good working relationships with area school districts, working in partnership to match job openings with qualified applicants completing their professional training at U.T. Arlington. Students are assisted in writing effective résumés and developing exemplary interview skills. The office sponsors two on-campus Teacher Career Days each year and an online database of currently available positions and links to similar information elsewhere within the state and across the nation. Contact: Dr. Frank Gault, Director, 817-272-3259.

Community College Articulation Agreements

Earning a four-year degree has been simplified for students transferring to U.T. Arlington from a number of community colleges as a result of articulation agreements. Students who enter either the Child Development or Professional Educator Program at a participating community college may complete their associates degrees while at the same time earning university credit for designated courses required for a bachelor's degree and either Early Childhood - Grade 4 or Early Childhood -Grade 4/Bilingual certification at U.T. Arlington. Contacts: Dr. Carol Sue Marshall, Early Childhood Education, 817-272-2842, and Dr. Luis Rosado, Bilingual Education, 817-272-7567.

Online Master's Degree

The College of Education offers graduate students convenience and quality with a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction available entirely over the Internet. This program option includes cutting-edge graduate courses that can also lead to three Texas professional credentials: Reading Specialist, Master Reading Teacher Certifications and English-as-a-Second Language Certification. Students from as far away as New York, Georgia, and Nebraska have enrolled in Internet courses through this award-winning program. Contact: Nancy L. Hadaway, 817-272-2240

UTA-North Texas Writing Project

Through its annual Summer Invitational Institute and other inservice programs, the UTA-North Texas Writing Project works to improve the teaching and learning of writing in K-16 classrooms across the Metroplex. Using a teachers-teaching-teachers model, the Writing Project provides participating inservice teachers with opportunities to come together in a supportive environment to examine the theory, practice, and challenges of teaching writing, while at the same time honing their own writing skills and developing their leadership abilities. Contact: Dr. Diana Wisell, Director, 817-272-2515.

Transition to Teaching Program

The Transition to Teaching in Texas (T3) is a collaborative project of The University of Texas at Arlington, Sam Houston State University, and Southwest Texas State University. The T3 Program offers a five-course sequence of graduate-level education courses for individuals with baccalaureate degrees seeking a Texas Secondary Teacher Certificate. All courses in the program are available via the Internet. Applicants for the program must meet certain U.T. Arlington Graduate School and College of Education admission standards, as well as satisfactorily completing a required field experience. Contact: Dr. Ted Chase, Coordinator, 817-272-2955.

College of Education Centers

Certification and Advising Center

The Certification and Advising Center helps College of Education students succeed by providing the information and support services needed to achieve their academic and career goals. The Certification Officer and the Academic Advisors are available to assist students in various stages of preparing for or furthering their careers as educators and school administrators. The center provides information and advising regarding College of Education admission requirements and degree plan options, as well as the academic content areas, field-based experiences, state examinations, and application procedures needed to obtain teacher, principal, superintendent, and special program certification in Texas. Information on nontraditional certification options and additional support in preparing for the state exams are also available. Contact: Dr. Louann Schulze, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, 817-272-2956.

Office of Field Experiences

Prospective teachers apply their knowledge of content and pedagogy during both a field-based internship and a residency semester arranged through the Office of Field Experiences. The internship practicum gives teacher education students the opportunity to observe and interact with diverse student populations in variety of formal and informal educational settings at locations throughout the Metroplex. During the residency practicum, these preservice teachers refine their teaching skills by working directly with students in classrooms at designated public schools in the area, guided by a cooperating mentor teacher and supervising university faculty. Contact: College of Education, 817-272-2591.

The Office of Development

The Office of Development, Grants, and Contracts is responsible for planning, managing, and directing the College of Education's efforts to attract supplemental funding from federal and state governments, corporations, foundations, groups, and individuals to support and enhance the school's strategic initiatives, academic programs, service activities, and research efforts. The office offers technical assistance to College of Education faculty in the identification, development, and submission of grant proposals and requests for financial assistance in support of individual research projects and program development initiatives. In addition, the office coordinates fund-raising events for the College of Education. Contact: College of Education, 817-272-2591.

Center for Educational Technology

The College of Education and U.T. Arlington are committed to ensuring that all learners have equitable opportunities to employ a variety of technological tools to enhance the learning process. Educational technology provides the opportunity to offer education anywhere, any time for everyone. The Center for Educational Technology addresses statewide technology initiatives for teachers and students in the State of Texas. The center supports the faculty and students in their efforts to successfully use and understand the many new technology tools and strategies. The Center for Educational Technology also assists faculty in the development and implementation of interactive technologies, which increases the effectiveness of their pedagogy. Contact: Dr. Kathy Canaday, Director, 817-272-2853.

Department Centers

Center for Action Research

The Teacher Researcher Academy, a master's-level degree program offered through the Center for Action Research, promotes school-based teacher research aimed at understanding and impacting teaching and learning in ways that maximize student achievement and ensure success for all students. Academy participants gain practical experience with those techniques and skills needed to manage the process of improvement and change in their classrooms and schools in ways that not only inform their own practice, but also the practice of others. Contact: Dr. Judy Reinhartz, Director, 817-272-2187.

Center for Bilingual Education

Created in response to the growing number of English language learners, the Center for Bilingual Education strives to increase the number of qualified bilingual and ESL teachers in Texas through bachelor and masters-level degree programs. The center provides technical support to school districts in the areas of bilingual and ESL education, as well as preservice and inservice teacher training in the areas of the Bilingual ExCET, the Texas Oral Proficiency Test, cross-cultural communication, and effective teaching practices for language-minority students. Contact: Dr. Luis Rosado, Director, 817-272-7567.

Center for Science Education

The College of Education and the College of Science work collaboratively through the Center for Science Education to increase the number of new and existing educators in both formal and informal settings who are adequately prepared to deliver challenging, standards-based science, mathematics, and technology (SMT) instruction through the application of new, research-validated models for teaching and learning. The center also coordinates the University's outreach to school districts, community-based organizations, and local businesses in support of efforts to guide all PreK-16 students, especially those in urban settings, in achieving higher standards of learning in SMT. Contact: College of Education, 817-272-2591.

Programs

Graduate work in the College of Education at U.T. Arlington may lead to the following degrees and certifications:

Degrees

Master of Education in Teaching (M.Ed.T.)
Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction
Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Administration

Certifications

Early Childhood-Grade 4 All-Level Teacher
Middle Level Reading Specialist
Secondary Teacher Master Reading Teacher
Principal Temporary Principal
Temporary Assistant Principal

Endorsements

Bilingual Education
English as a Second Language
Gifted and Talented

In addition, the College of Education offers a joint doctoral program with the School of Urban and Public Affairs.

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