Departments: Curriculum and Instruction | Educational Leadership & Policy Studies | Kinesiology
Special Programs & Opportunities | Programs

Mission and Philosophy

The mission of the UTA College of Education is to develop and deliver a practitioner program that ensures the highest of teacher, administrator and allied health science preparation and performance and to be a recognized contributor in the fields of educational and allied health science research and practice through effective teaching, quality research, and meaningful service. The College 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 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 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 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 4, middle level, secondary and all level) at the graduate level. The M.Ed. in Educational Administration is available to students pursuing the Principal Certificate. 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. A Supplemental certification in Bilingual Education, English as a Second Language and Gifted and Talented 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 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 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 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 the area of 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 members 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. 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.

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 UT 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.

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 as well as Americans teaching abroad have enrolled in Internet courses through this award-winning program. Contact: Nancy L. Hadaway, 817.272.2240

Troops to Teachers Program

For military personnel, 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. Nancy Hadaway,

Certification and Advising Services
501 Carlisle Hall
Dr. Louann Schulze, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
Patty Motlagh, Assistant Dean for Certification and Testing

Shirley Binder, Special Assistant to the Dean for Graduate Affairs
To make an advising appointment: (817) 272-2956
For advising questions:

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.

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, the University, and the State Board for Educator Certification. To be recommended to the State Board for Educator Certification/Texas Education Agency for initial teacher certification, a teacher candidate must have successfully completed the following:

Office of Professional Development

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 a 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: Dr. Ruth Davis, Director of Professional Development, 817.272.7448, .

The Office of Development

The Office of Development is responsible for planning, managing and directing the College of Education‘s comprehensive development program. This entails efforts to attract supplemental funding from federal and state governments, corporations, foundations, groups, alumni and friends to support and enhance the College‘s strategic priorities for academic programs, student services, research efforts and outreach activities. The office offers assistance to College of Education faculty and administration in the identification, cultivation and stewardship of donors and prospects. Contact: Donna Chandler, Director of Development, 817-272-0576,

College of Education Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

The Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs is responsible for providing leadership, direction, and administrative oversight for all matters related to academic affairs within the College, including policy development, overall academic planning, curriculum development and review, and faculty development. Contact: Dr. Carrie Y. Barron Ausbrooks, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, 871.272.5475,

College of Education Office of the Associate Dean for Assessment

The Office of the Associate Dean for Assessment is responsible for developing and overseeing policies and assessment activities for current and planned initiatives in the College. Contact: Dr. Perry Schoon, Associate Dean for Assessment, 817-272-0529,


College of Education Centers

Southwest Center for Mind, Brain and Education

The mission of the Southwest Center for Mind, Brain and Education is to facilitate collaborative relationships between educators, policy makers, and researchers in the cognitive and developmental sciences. The Center seeks to identify and support promising research agendas at the intersecton 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,

Center for Educational Technology

The College of Education 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. Perry Schoon, 817-272-0529.

Department Centers

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:Dr. Ann Cavallo , 817.272.1264.


Graduate work in the College of Education 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 4 Teacher
Early Childhood-Grade 4 Bilingual Teacher
Middle Level Teacher (Grades 4-8)
Secondary Teacher (Grades 8-12)
Reading Specialist
Reading Specialist/MRT/ESL

Supplemental Certification

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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