College of Education and Health Professions
Dean Jeanne Gerlach
500 Hammond Hall | 701 PLntarium Pl | Box 19227, Arlington, Texas 76019, USA
The mission of the College of Education and Health Professions (COEHP) is to promote a collaborative culture of excellence in research, teaching, and service. The College is committed to fostering critical, creative thinkers prepared to engage meaningfully in a dynamic society.
History and Overview
In 1979, The Center for Professional Teacher Education, now the College of Education and Health Professions, 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 supplemental certification 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 and Health Professions 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 and Health Professions added two new master's degree programs, a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies 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 6, middle level, secondary and all level) at the graduate level. The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies is available to students pursuing principal certification, principal certification emphasizing dual language, as well as higher education administration. The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction (C & I) is for educators wanting to extend their knowledge in education and related fields, including science and mathematics. 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. Supplemental certification in Bilingual Education and English as a Second Language may also be added to the M.Ed. in C. & I. Superintendent certification is also available.
The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in K-16 Educational Leadership and Policy Studies was first offered in the summer of 2007. With advancements in technology, many graduate courses are available via the Internet with additional courses being added each semester. The College of Education and Health Professions 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 and Health Professions strives to model the characteristics of the most proficient 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 and Health Professions have consistently achieved recognition 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 UT 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 members have received recognition for their scholarly publications and professional contributions.
Faculty scholarship is also valued by the College of Education and Health Professions for its potential impact on the increased effectiveness of teaching and learning in professional education preparation programs and in public and private school settings. 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 and Health Professions, 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.
Research interests and publications include the areas of innovations in mathematics and science education, classroom management, literacy practices in the homes of disadvantaged students, multicultural education, aggression and violence in young children, 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, books, 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.
In the area of educational administration, research activities and publications have focused on school leadership trends, developing collaborations between the University, public, private and charter schools, fostering creativity in learning organizations, and studying school legal, policy, governance, and finance issues. Current focus is on transition research relative to students, faculty, and leadership across PK-12 school settings, between high school and beyond, and transitions between leadership levels. Other research examines how the media portrays educators and the education profession.
Faculty research interests and publications include cardiovascular responses to exercise, pulmonary responses to exercise, postural control in elderly and visually impaired, the effects of therapeutic modalities on the treatment of athletic injuries, the effects of hyperbaric oxygen on the treatment of diseases, and applied biomechanics.
Special Programs and Opportunities
The College of Education and Health Professions offers a variety of special opportunities for learning and professional growth for graduate students. 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.
- Several graduate courses offer links to field experiences that greatly enrich the course content. This includes regular observation and participation in PK-12 classrooms and 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 offer graduate students leadership opportunities.
- Student awards, scholarships, and graduate assistantships are available to graduate students who qualify.
- To support College of Education and Health Professions 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 and Health Professions 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 an increasing number of courses.
Education Career Services
The Education Career Services office assists education students who are seeking positions as teachers and administrators. Positive collaborative relationships with partners in the various school districts are important to the College, the districts and students. The annual College of Education and Health Professions Career Day is held in March and typically hosts over 50 school districts. Employers can list position vacancies as well as district job fairs with Education Career Services. In addition, Education Career Services offers career planning seminars, which include guidance on resume writing and developing strong interviewing and networking skills. The ultimate goal is to prepare UT Arlington students for the next step in their career development as professional educators and administrators.
Online Master's Degree
The College of Education and Health Professions offers graduate students convenience and quality with a master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction available entirely via 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 as well as Americans teaching abroad have enrolled in online courses through this award-winning program. Contact: Dr. Nancy Hadaway (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Troops to Teachers Program
For military personnel, the Troops to Teachers 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 and Health Professions admission standards, as well as satisfactorily completing a required field experience. Contact: Dr. Nancy Hadaway, email@example.com
Certification and Advising Services
Patty Motlagh, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Certification and Advising Services helps students succeed by providing the information and support services needed to achieve their academic and career goals. The academic advisors are available to assist students in various stages of preparing for or furthering their careers as educators and school administrators.
Certification and Advising Services also provides information and advising regarding 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.
To schedule an advising appointment: 817.272.2956
For advising questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Recommendation to the State Board for Educator Certification
To be eligible for certification under all programs, a candidate must meet specific criteria set by the College of Education and Health Professions, the University, and the Texas Education Agency/State Board for Educator Certification. To be recommended to the Texas Education Agency/State Board for Educator Certification for initial teacher certification, a teacher candidate must have successfully completed the following:
Effective fall 2007, students must pass all appropriate state exams and apply for appropriate state certifications with the State Board for Educator Certification/Texas Education Agency within six months of the completion of their residency/practicum/program. If a student allows the six-month period to go by without passing all state exams and applying for certification, additional coursework and/or state exams will be required for recommendation for certification. Additional coursework will be determined by the appropriate Program Director in consultation with the faculty.
Before you apply for certification as a teacher, please make sure you have completed the following requirements (subject to verification by the Assistant Dean for Certification and Testing):
- Conferred Bachelor's Degree (or higher);
- Completed all courses on the certification plan;
- Completed all appropriate TExES exams;
- Completed Internship/Residency or one year of approved teaching experience in subject area of probationary certificate.
If you do NOT meet these requirements, please wait to apply for certification until you do. If you do apply before these requirements are completed, your application will be automatically deleted. Apply at the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).
Principal or Superintendent
Before you apply for certification as a Principal or Superintendent, please make sure you have completed the following requirements (subject to verification by the Assistant Dean for Certification and Testing):
- Conferred Master's Degree (or higher);
- Completed all courses on the certification plan;
- Completed all appropriate TExES exams;
- Valid teaching certificate;
- Two years of classroom teaching experience.
If you are a candidate who is applying for Principal or Superintendent certification, you must request that your school district mail a copy of your teacher service record indicating you taught for at least two years. Please request that your school district mail your teacher service record to the Assistant Dean for Certification and Testing in the College of Education and Health Professions at UT Arlington. Then, apply to the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).
Master Reading Teacher
If you are applying as a Master Reading Teacher, and are already certified as a Reading Specialist, please make sure you have completed the following requirements (subject to verification by the Assistant Dean for Certification and Testing):
- Bachelor's Degree (or higher);
- Three years of teaching experience (service record required);
- Completed course work.
If you are applying as a Master Reading Teacher, and are NOT already certified as a Reading Specialist, please make sure you have completed the following requirements (subject to verification by the Assistant Dean for Certification and Testing):
- Bachelor's Degree (or higher);
- Completed course work;
- Passed Master Reading Teacher TExES.
If you do NOT meet these requirements, please wait to apply for certification until you do. If you do not apply before these requirements are completed, your application will be automatically deleted.
If you are a candidate who is applying as a Master Reading Teacher, you must request your school district mail a copy of your teacher service record indicating you taught for three years. Please request your school district mail your teacher service record to the Assistant Dean for Certification and Testing in the College of Education at UT Arlington. Then, apply to the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC).
Office of Professional Development
The Office of Professional Development supports partnerships between the College of Education and Health Professions and PK-16 schools and their communities. Partner public school districts and the College of Education and Health Professions collaborate to provide high-quality learning environments for future teachers. Prospective teacher candidates apply their knowledge of content and pedagogy during both a field-based internship semester and a residency semester arranged through the Office of Professional Development. The internship practicum gives teacher education candidates the opportunity to observe and interact with diverse student populations in a variety of formal and informal educational settings at partnership schools. During the residency semester, these pre-service teachers refine their teaching skills by working directly with students in classrooms, at designated public schools in the candidate's area of certification, guided by a cooperating mentor teacher and supervising university faculty. The Office of Professional Development coordinates the annual College of Education and Health Professions Career Day held in March and typically hosts over 50 school districts. Contact: Dr. Ruth Davis, Director of Professional Development, 817.272.7448, email@example.com.
Office of Development and Leadership Gifts
The Office of Development and Leadership Gifts plans, manages and directs the College of Education and Health Profession's comprehensive development program. This entails working with alumni, corporations, foundations, and friends to raise private gifts that will support and enhance the College's strategic priorities for academic programs, student services, research efforts and outreach activities. The office works with the College of Education and Health Professions faculty and administration in the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors and prospects. Contact: Caren Handleman, Director of Development for Leadership Gifts, 817-272-7451, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of the Associate Dean for Assessment provides leadership, direction, and oversight for the College-wide assessment and continuous improvement process for national accreditation, including matters concerning unit effectiveness and academic affairs as they relate to assessment and accreditation requirements. Contact: Dr. Carrie Y. Barron Ausbrooks, Associate Dean for Assessment, 871.272.5310, email@example.com.
College of Education and Health Professions Centers
Southwest Center for Mind, Brain and Education
The mission of the Southwest Center for Mind, Brain and Education is to facilitate collaborative relationships among educators, policy makers, and researchers in the cognitive and developmental sciences. The Center seeks to identify and support promising research agendas at the intersection of mind, brain and education. Researchers, educators and policy makers will find a forum where ideas are welcomed and at the same time critically and rigorously examined. The Center invites individuals interested in how advances in neuroscience, genetics, and cognitive science can inform educational practice and leadership. The Center also seeks to advance educational research by recognizing, and profiting from, the role that practical experience plays in defining promising research directions. Contact: Dr. Marc Schwartz, Director, 817-272-5641, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Center for Educational Technology
The College of Education and Health Professions and UT 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. Dana Arrowood, 817-272-7449.
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. The Center prepares pre-service and in-service teachers to work with linguistically and culturally diverse student populations. The Center also provides technical support to school districts in their implementation of dual language, bilingual and ESL education programs. Additionally, the Center offers preparation for the certification examinations in the areas of the EC-6 Bilingual Generalist, and the Bilingual Target Language Proficiency Test--Spanish. For information, contact Dr. Luis Rosado, Director, 817.272.7567, email@example.com.
Center for Science Education
The College of Education and Health Professions 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 Pre-K-16 students, especially those in urban settings, in achieving higher standards of learning in SMT. Contact: Dr. Ann Cavallo, 817.272.0529.
Graduate work in the College of Education and Health Professions at UT Arlington may lead to the following degrees and certifications:
- Master of Education in Teaching (M.Ed.T.)
- Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction
- Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in K-16 Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
- Early Childhood-Grade 6 Teacher
- Early Childhood-Grade 6 Bilingual Teacher
- Middle Level Teacher (Grades 4-8)
- Secondary Teacher (Grades 8-12)
- Reading Specialist
- Master Reading Teacher
- Bilingual Education
- English as a Second Language