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5. College of Education

Manuel J. Justiz, PhD
Sherry L. Field, PhD
Associate Dean
Marilyn C. Kameen, EdD
Associate Dean
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General Information

Mission and Functions

The University of Texas at Austin, through the College of Education, is committed to the preparation of teachers and other educators who are dedicated to the employment and advancement of education for all people. In pursuing this mission, the College of Education performs several functions.

It is a professional school offering two teacher certification degrees. The first degree, the Bachelor of Science in Applied Learning and Development, allows students to pursue early childhood through grade four generalist or bilingual generalist teacher certification or generic special education certification for early childhood through grade twelve. The second degree, the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, offers a major that leads to all-level physical education certification.

The college provides the professional sequence of education courses and serves as the certification agent for all University students pursuing certification to teach in Texas, whether they are enrolled in the College of Education or in another division of the University. Accountability information for the teacher preparation program is given in General Information.

The college also offers degree programs that do not lead to teacher certification. These programs, in youth and community studies, athletic training, health promotion and fitness, sport management, and kinesiology, are designed to meet the professional needs of public and private educational and community service agencies and to prepare students for advanced study.

As a unit of the Graduate School, the College of Education offers courses and curricula leading to advanced professional certificates and to master's and doctoral degrees in education. It also provides in-service training and consulting services for those engaged in the educational professions.

Departments in the college offer courses in general education as well as in various specialties suitable for students pursuing vocational objectives other than teaching.

The college is also a center for research, experimentation, and a wide variety of direct services to school systems and other educational and public service enterprises.

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The instructional and research programs of the College of Education are carried out in five buildings. The primary facility, the George I. Sánchez Building, contains classrooms, extensive computer facilities, electronic media resources, observation rooms, a learning technology center, a distance learning classroom, and faculty offices. Bellmont Hall, the primary facility for the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, houses classrooms, research and computer laboratories, gymnasium and locker facilities, racquetsport courts, and faculty offices. College of Education faculty members and programs are also housed in Anna Hiss Gymnasium, Gregory Gymnasium, and the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

Financial Assistance Available through the College of Education

Scholarships as well as graduate fellowships and assistantships are available to students in the College of Education. Application for all undergraduate awards and some graduate awards should be made to the Office of the Dean, George I. Sánchez Building 216; graduate students should also inquire in their departmental offices. Generally, applications are accepted in March for the following academic year.

Student Services

The Office of the Dean of the College of Education provides a variety of student services, including maintenance of student records, academic counseling, certification counseling, and official evaluations of the student's academic standing and progress toward a degree. Students are encouraged to contact the office whenever they have questions about degree requirements, academic standing, teacher certification, general University regulations, or registration. The office is also a good source of general information and referral that students are urged to use when they have questions or problems of any nature.

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Student Organizations

The Education Council is the official channel for student participation in policy formulation and evaluation and in development of student activities in the college. Voluntary organizations in the college include the Bilingual Education Student Organization, the Kinesiology Club, Mu Iota Epsilon (Society of Minorities in Education), and the Student Council for Exceptional Children. Pi Lambda Theta, Phi Delta Kappa, and Kappa Delta Pi are honorary organizations for men and women.

Education Career Services

The College of Education offers career services to assist University students in making informed career choices. Education Services makes job search materials, events, and counseling accessible to students on a regular basis. Information about career services is published by the college.

As a complement to the assistance available from the college, the Career Exploration Center provides comprehensive career services to all students. The center offers professional assistance to all University students in choosing or changing their majors or careers, seeking an internship, and planning for the job search or for graduate study.

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Admission and Registration


Admission and readmission of all students to the University is the responsibility of the director of admissions. Information about admission to the University is given in General Information.

Information about admission to teacher preparation programs is available in the Office of the Dean, George I. Sánchez Building 216.

Admission to majors in kinesiology is restricted. Students should see an adviser for information.


General Information gives information about registration, adding and dropping courses, transfer from one division of the University to another, and auditing a course. The Course Schedule, published before registration each semester and summer session, includes registration instructions, advising locations, and the times, places, and instructors of classes. The Course Schedule and General Information are published on the World Wide Web and are accessible through the registrar's Web site. General Information is also sold at campus-area bookstores.

Academic Advising

The College of Education encourages all students to see their advisers during the registration period and at least once a semester outside the registration period for a more comprehensive discussion of their programs. Academic advisers are available in George I. Sánchez Building 216 and Bellmont Hall 222.

Admission to the Professional Development Sequence

All students seeking teacher certification must complete a sequence of professional development courses. Admission to the professional development sequence is restricted, and students must apply for admission to it. Academic performance, completion of prerequisite courses, documented evidence of proficiency in reading and in oral and written communication, and the number of hours needed to complete the program may be factors in the admission decision.

For students seeking early childhood through grade four, all-level generic special education, or all-level physical education certification, admission to the professional development sequence requires a University grade point average of at least 2.50 and a grade of at least C in each prerequisite course and in each course in the major. To progress within the sequence, the student must maintain a University grade point average of at least 2.50 and must earn a grade of at least C in each course in the sequence. In addition, when they enter the professional development sequence, students seeking early childhood through grade four and all-level generic special education certification may lack no more than twelve semester hours of coursework outside the sequence. Additional information about these requirements is available in the Office of the Dean, George I. Sánchez Building 216.

For students in other teacher certification programs, requirements for admission to and continuation in the professional development sequence are set by the college in which the student majors.

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Academic Policies and Procedures


University Honors

The designation University Honors, awarded at the end of each long-session semester, gives official recognition and commendation to students whose grades for the semester indicate distinguished academic accomplishment. Both the quality and the quantity of work done are considered. Criteria for University Honors are given in chapter 1.

Graduation with University Honors

Students who, upon graduation, have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement are eligible to graduate with University Honors. Criteria for graduation with University Honors are given in chapter 1.

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Special Requirements of the College of Education

All students must fulfill the general requirements for graduation given in chapter 1. Students in the College of Education must also fulfill the following requirements.

  1. The student must have been registered in the College of Education for at least two long-session semesters or the equivalent.
  2. A candidate for a degree must be registered in the College of Education either in residence or in absentia the semester or summer session the degree is to be awarded and must apply to the dean for the degree no later than the date specified in the official academic calendar. The student must have an official degree audit on file prior to applying for the degree.

Applying for a Degree

Each student seeking a degree from the College of Education should apply for an official degree audit in the student dean's office, George I. Sánchez Building 216. The degree audit is essential to ensure that the student meets all the degree requirements given in a catalog under which he or she is entitled to graduate.

In the final semester or summer session, a candidate for graduation must apply for the degree by the deadline given in the official academic calendar, and must have had a degree audit.

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Undergraduate Catalog | 2006-2008
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