The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Education strives to promote a collaborative culture of excellence in research, teaching, and service. Our goal is to enliven students' lives, to provide them with unique experiences built on high standards, to encourage them to think critically and creatively, and to instill in them a lifetime commitment to learning and service to their communities.
A History of Excellence
The College of Education at the University of Texas at Arlington was originally established in 1963 as the Teacher Education Section of the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts. A steady growth in enrollment, endorsements, and a diverse offering of degrees and certification programs led to the department's designation as a freestanding Center for Professional Teacher Education in 1978 and its eventual elevation to School status within the University on January 1, 1999. In the Fall of 1999, the School of Education acquired the Department of Exercise, Sport, and Health Studies (which would later become the Department of Kinesiology) from the College of Liberal Arts in order to continue to provide physical education classes and pedagogy classes for students seeking teacher certification inphysical education. Four years later, on August 6, 2003, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) formally recognized the School as a College of Education. The College achieved another significant milestone in 2006 when the THECB approved the College's first Ph.D. program in K-16 Administration and Policy Studies. On July 31, 2009, the THECB approved the College's name change to the College of Education and Health Professions to better reflect the collaborative culture of the College's three departments and the capabilities and opportunities that the College offered. September 1, 2014, the Department of Kinesiology separated from the College of Education and Health Professions and joined with the the College of Nursting and Health Innovation. On November 1, 2014, in a continuing quest to ensure excellent raining for America's future teachers, and in a desire to focus solely upon education, the College once again became the College of Education at the University of Texas at Arlington.
The College Today
Today, the College of Education is fully accredited through the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and in 2006 became the first College of Education within the UT System to receive accreditation through the prestigious National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
The college currently offers bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees through its academic units: the Departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Students may also pursue professional teacher, administrator, and other certifications.
Our Students and Faculty
Over the past five years, the College of Education has grown by more than 70 percent, and currently boasts an enrollment of approximately 3,400 students. To accommodate this rapid growth, we currently operate out of seven facilities spread throughout the University’s Arlington and Fort Worth campuses.
Led by Dean Jeanne M. Gerlach, the College consists of 131 full and part-time faculty (c. 2011). The college’s administration, faculty, and staff work together to maintain and enhance the college’s reputation as being a leader in PreK-16 public education partnerships within the DFW Metroplex.