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The College of Education

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 course work 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 course work. The degree enabled students to combine graduate course work 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), Early Childhood Education (ECE), 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 the expansion of program offerings, the M.Ed.T. no longer matched the certifications being offered. 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 (elementary 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 certification with the Reading Specialist Certificate. An endorsement in teaching Bilingual Education, Early Childhood Education, English as a Second Language, or Gifted and Talented may also be added to the M.Ed. in C. & I. New certification offerings currently being developed include Superintendent and School Counseling.
   A collaborative program between the School of Urban and Public Affairs and the College of Education provides the opportunity for students to earn the doctorate 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. Eventually, entire master degree programs will be offered via the Internet. The College of Education has an enrollment of more than 1,000 students with approximately 600 students pursuing graduate level degrees, certificates, or endorsements.

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 School 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 served as Fulbright Scholars abroad and 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, 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

  
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