College of Education and Health Professions
Dean Jeanne Gerlach
Associate Dean Carrie Ausbrooks
Associate Dean Ann Cavallo
Associate Dean Adrienne Hyle
Associate Dean Christopher Ray
500 Hammond Hall
Box 19227, Arlington, Texas 76019, USA
Educational Curriculum & Instruction
Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Assistant Clinical Professor
Assistant Clinical Professor
School Counselor Certificate
Ed. Leadership & Policy Studies (K-16), Ph.D.
Ed. Leadership & Policy Studies, M.Ed.
Athletic Training, M.S. Non Thesis
Ed. Curriculum & Instruction, M.Ed.
Ed. Curriculum & Instruction, M.Ed.
Exercise Science, M.S.
Mind, Brain and Education, M.Ed. Non Thesis
- Department of Curriculum and Instruction
- Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
- Department of Kinesiology
- Online Master’s Degrees
- Certification and Advising Services
- Recommendation to the State Board for Educator Certification
- Office of Professional Development
- Office of Development and Leadership Gifts
- National Accreditation
- Southwest Center for Mind, Brain and Education
- Center for Educational Technology
- Center for K-16 Educational Policy and Research
- Center for Healthy Living and Longevity
- Center for Bilingual Education
- Center for Social Studies Education
- UTeach Arlington and the Center for Science Education
- School Counseling Certification
- Online Academic Partnership Degree Programs
- Educator Preparation Programs
- Supplemental Certification
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. The Department also offers the M.Ed. in C&I with science, mathematics, or social studies education as specialization areas. 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.
Scholarly Activity and Research Interests of the Faculty
College of Education and Health Professions faculty members strive 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 Board of Regents Outstanding Teaching Award, UT 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.
The College of Education and Health Professions also values faculty scholarship 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.
Curriculum & Instruction faculty scholarship focuses on a wide range of topics associated with teaching and learning. These include improving the effectiveness of instruction in various content areas; studying family support for learning; addressing issues associated with social sciences; using technology to enhance distance education instruction and student mentoring; online supplemental student teacher supervision; the effectiveness of service learning; the connections among brain physiology, cognition, and education; and effective practices in school counselor preparation. Funded projects include providing UT Arlington students as mentors to high school students for college success, math and science cohorts and camps, improving sustainability in post-secondary education, including college success strategies in educator preparation coursework. For more information about programs in Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education and Health Professions, go to http://www.uta.edu/coehp/curricandinstruct/
In the area of educational administration, research activities and publications have focused on school leadership trends, developing collaborations among 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-16 school settings, between high school and beyond, and transitions between leadership levels. Other research examines how the media portrays educators and the education profession. See http://www.uta.edu/coehp/educleadership/ for additional information about programs in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the College of Education and Health Professions.
Faculty research interests and publications include dynamic regulation of blood pressure, pulmonary responses to exercise, postural control in elderly, the effects of therapeutic modalities on the treatment of athletic injuries, the effects of hyperbaric oxygen on the treatment of diseases, applied biomechanics, assessment and management of sports-related concussions, motor development, adapted sports, and sports pedagogy. For more information on Kinesiology programs in the College of Education and Health Professions, see http://www.uta.edu/coehp/kinesiology/
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 practicums 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 two lecture series each semester: the Anderson Sports Performance Lecture Series and the UTA/American College of Sports Medicine Lecture Series.
- 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 Degrees
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. Joyce Myers, email@example.com.
In addition, the College of Education and Health Professions offers graduate degree programs that are fully online through Academic Partnerships. These graduate programs lead to Master of Education degrees in Literacy Studies, Science Education, Mathematics Education, and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, as well as a Superintendent Certificate. For more information on our online Academic Partnership programs, go to http://stateu.com/uta/SearchPrograms.aspx?StudyArea=60
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 Student Affairs):
- Conferred Bachelor’s Degree (or higher);
- Completed all courses on the certification plan;
- Completed all appropriate TExES exams;
- Completed Student Teaching or one year of approved internship on a 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 Student Affairs):
- 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 Student Affairs 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 Student Affairs):
- 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 Student Affairs):
- 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 Student Affairs in the College of Education and Health Professions 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 Experience semester and a Student Teaching semester arranged through the Office of Professional Development. The Field-Based Experience semester 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 Student Teaching 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. Denise Collins, Director, Office 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: Cathleen Anderson, Director of Development, 817.272.7451, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of the Associate Dean for Assessment provides leadership, direction, and oversight for the assessment and continuous improvement processes for national accreditation in the College of Education and Health Professions, including 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.
Centers and Programs in the College of Education and Health Professions
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, email@example.com.
Center for K-16 Education Policy and Research
The mission of the Center for K-16 Education Policy and Research, founded in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at UT Arlington, is to produce and disseminate cutting-edge research on K-16 education and to inform education policy and practice. We are guided by the belief that educational leadership and opportunity are strengthened by research that takes systemic, integrated approaches to understanding persistent problems across the educational continuum. Contact: Dr. Daniel Saunders at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Center for Healthy Living and Longevity
The Department of Kinesiology’s Center for Healthy Living and Longevity provides a multidisciplinary approach to improving health and functioning throughout the lifespan. Research and education initiatives focus on keeping senior citizens active, decreasing the incidence of sedentary-related diseases (diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, obesity, etc.), and the assessment and management of concussions. Contact: Dr. Christopher Ray, Director, 817.272.0082, email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Center for Social Studies Education
The goals of the Center for Social Studies Education are to advance social studies education research, improve social studies teacher preparation, and provide outreach to social studies learners and their teachers. The Center includes faculty from the College of Education and Health Professions, the College of Liberal Arts, and the College of Business. The Center faculty coordinate social studies teacher certification at UT Arlington, establish targeted partnerships to advance educational opportunities and excellence in social studies for under-represented and under-served populations, and facilitate collaborative relationships across colleges and universities for the advancement of P-16 teaching and learning in disciplines such as history, geography, economics, and political science. Contact: Mary Curtis, Director, email@example.com or http://www.uta.edu/socialstudies.
UTeach Arlington and the Center for Science Education
UTeach Arlington is a science and mathematics secondary teacher preparation program jointly offered by the College of Science and the College of Education and Health Professions. It features early field experiences in PK-12 schools, guidance from Master Teachers, and scholarship and internship opportunities. UTeach courses will be added gradually over the next few years; therefore, the program is currently limited to students who will be graduating in spring 2014 or later. Students who are interested in mathematics or science education, but will be graduating prior to spring 2014, should pursue the existing secondary certification program offered through the College of Education and Health Professions. Secondary certifications include Composite Science, offered in the Departments of Biology and Earth and Environmental Sciences; Life Science, offered in the Department of Biology; Physical Science, offered in the Departments of Physics and Chemistry and Biochemistry; Chemistry, offered in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry; Physics/Mathematics, offered in the Department of Physics; and Mathematics, offered in the Department of Mathematics. Descriptions of these programs are provided in each department’s section of this catalog. For information, contact: Dr. Ann Cavallo, Co-director, College of Education and Health Professions, firstname.lastname@example.org; Dr. Greg Hale, Co-director, College of Science, email@example.com; Dr. Ramon Lopez, Co-director, College of Science, firstname.lastname@example.org; Erin Gonzales, UTeach Arlington Academic Advisor, 817.272.0784, email@example.com; or visit http://www.uta.edu/cos/uteach/index.html.
School Counseling Certification
The Counseling Certification Program at UT Arlington is designed for teachers who hold a master’s degree in an Education-related area and who have at least two years of teaching experience. At the end of the required 15 hours of graduate coursework, successful candidates must pass the TExES certification examination for School Counselors. This will qualify them to hold positions as school counselors at any level (Pre-K through 12) in Texas schools. The six-course, 15-hour counseling program will be taught on campus during after-school hours. A six-hour supervised counseling practicum will take place in schools or on campus with school-age children. The practicum hours must be successfully accomplished in order for the candidate to be approved by UT Arlington to take the state examination. A school counselor needs to acquire the academic knowledge and skills necessary to do the job but must also have a personality, or disposition, appropriate for the helping professions. Candidates will be expected to complete the supervised practicum that will allow them the opportunity to demonstrate they can work successfully with students and others in the educational environment. Admission requirements to the program include a completed master’s degree from an accredited university in any approved area; transcripts of both undergraduate and graduate coursework; a minimum of two completed years of successful teaching either in prublic or private schools in any grade, K-12; an interview; and letters of recommendation from professionals. See the College of Education and Health Professions Web site at www.uta.edu/coehp or contact program director Dr. Mary Lynn Crow (firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional information about the program and an application.
Degrees and Certifications
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.) – Early Childhood - through Grade 6
- Master of Education in Teaching (M.Ed.T.) – Middle Level
- Master of Education in Teaching (M.Ed.T.) – Secondary Level
- Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction
- Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction – Literacy Studies
- Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction – Reading Specialist
- Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction – Science Education
- Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction – Mathematics Education
- Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction – Social Studies Education
- Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Mind, Brain and Education
- Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
- Master of Science (M.S.) in Exercise Science
- Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in K-16 Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Online Academic Partnership Degree Programs
- Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction – Literacy Studies (AP)
- Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction – Science Education (AP)
- Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum and Instruction – Mathematics Education (AP)
- Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (AP)
Educator Preparation Programs
- 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
- Superintendent (offered online through Academic Partnerships)
- Bilingual Education
- English as a Second Language
- School Counseling