College of Education and Human Development

Administrative Officers

Dean - Joyce M. Alexander, Ph.D.

Executive Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs - Fred Nafukho, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs - Beverly Irby,  Ed.D.

Associate Dean for Research - Sue Bloomfield, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration - Suprena Bennett

Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs - R. Christopher Cherry, Ph.D.

General Statement

The College of Education and Human Development has proudly been transforming lives since it began. Faculty, staff and students remain firmly committed to enhancing education and health outcomes for all. Through teaching, research and outreach activities, the college strives to provide innovative professional training to its students so they can prepare our future leaders, solve many of our social issues and contribute to the knowledge base of our professional field. Our faculty and students reflect the diversity and complexity of Texas to better serve the needs of our ever-changing local, state, national and global community.

The College of Education and Human Development carries out its mission of research, teaching and service through the following departments: Educational Administration and Human Resource Development; Educational Psychology; Health and Kinesiology; and Teaching, Learning and Culture. Other contributing entities include Agricultural Education, the Center for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, and the Counseling and Assessment Clinic. Detailed descriptions of College of Education and Human Development departments are provided on the following pages. 

Production of knowledge is central to the College of Education and Human Development’s research role. The College of Education and Human Development supports both basic and applied research activities. Of particular interest is the effort to translate research findings into models and prescriptions that will result in substantive educational and health improvement in field settings.

In discharging its teaching function, the College of Education and Human Development seeks to prepare highly qualified professionals for a wide variety of professional settings. Teacher preparation programs are particularly committed to providing students with the ability to use sophisticated technologies in their instructional repertoires.

Service to the state and nation through teaching, supervising and assisting schools, state agencies, other institutions of higher education, and businesses and industries is a strong commitment of the College of Education and Human Development. Increasingly, these service efforts build on new knowledge generated through the College of Education and Human Development’s research activities.

The College of Education and Human Development is responsible for managing programs for the preparation of certified school personnel. Other programs in the college prepare students for specific human service roles in the private sector and within state and community agencies. College of Education and Human Development majors include interdisciplinary studies (certification) EC-6, middle school, bilingual and special education; technology management and human resource development; health (including school health education); community health; kinesiology (including physical education certification); and sport management.  Students interested in any elementary, middle school or secondary certification programs are responsible for meeting with an advisor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture’s Office of Undergraduate Advising. Advisors have available specific information regarding all program options.

Students seeking secondary certification in areas other than health or kinesiology must major in an academic discipline offered through the appropriate college. Professional education courses for secondary certification are offered by the College of Education and Human Development. Students interested in secondary certification must report to an advisor in the Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture’s Office of Undergraduate Advising to access additional information about the multiple routes to secondary certification at the post-baccalaureate level.

General Requirements for Admission to Professional Programs

The programs of study in the College of Education and Human Development are composed of two phases—the pre-professional phase and the professional phase. The pre-professional phase consists of basic University Core Curriculum requirements and introductory courses to the major field of study. The professional phase consists of advanced work in the major field of study, courses in the professional undergirding disciplines and professional studies courses.

Upon entering the College of Education and Human Development, students are assigned a general College of Education and Human Development major that tracks the pre-professional phase of their chosen program. To advance to the professional phase of the chosen program and to be accepted into the professional major, students must meet the program entry requirements and be accepted by the program faculty. Students are responsible for contacting the departmental advisors to obtain information about specific requirements for their major and program areas.

Requirements for Admission to Teacher Education Programs

The State of Texas establishes standards for teacher education programs. All certification programs at Texas A&M are in compliance with these requirements. Students must meet state, University, College of Education and Human Development and department/program requirements for matriculation into a teacher education program. Students are responsible for contacting the departmental advisors to obtain information about specific requirements for their major and program areas.

Teacher Education Retention Policy

A student, after being admitted to teacher education, who fails to continue to meet all requirements, will be dropped from the program and may not continue in or register for any professional teacher education course. Any student removed from or who discontinues student teaching because of unsatisfactory performance will be dropped from the teacher education program. A student dropped from the teacher education program may apply through their respective department for readmission to the teacher education program.

Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development

Department of Educational Psychology

Department of Health and Kinesiology

Health

Kinesiology

Sports Management

Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture

Certification

Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development

Department of Educational Psychology

Department of Health and Kinesiology

Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture

Department of Educational Psychology