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    University of North Texas
    May 21, 2024  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Teacher Education and Administration

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Main Office
Matthews Hall, Room 206

Mailing address:
1155 Union Circle #310740
Denton, TX 76203-5017
Web site:

James Laney, Chair



Program Offices and Advising:

Curriculum and Instruction
Matthews Hall, Room 218

Early Childhood Studies
Matthews Hall, Room 218

Educational Leadership
Matthews Hall, Room 218

Office of Teacher Preparation
Elementary and Secondary Certification
Matthews Hall, Room 204

Language and Literacy Studies
Matthews Hall, Room 218

Bilingual/ESL Certification Programs
Matthews Hall, Room 206

Field Experience (PDS, Student Teaching)
Matthews Hall, Room 207

The Department of Teacher Education and Administration seeks to improve educational practice through the generation of knowledge and to prepare education professionals who serve all students in an effective, inclusive and equitable manner. Its focus is on the preparation of highly competent educators, researchers and administrators who employ current theory and research as they fill these important roles. The department also provides service to educational institutions, governmental agencies and practitioners at all levels.

Master’s degrees in curriculum and instruction, early childhood studies, secondary education and educational leadership.

Doctoral programs in curriculum and instruction and educational leadership. The degree in curriculum and instruction includes concentrations in curriculum studies, language and literacy studies, and early childhood studies. Both degrees provide preparation for academic positions in universities and for advanced positions of educational leadership in school districts and other educational settings.

The programs in this department are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) (2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036-1023; 202-466-7496), and the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) (1710 North Congress Avenue, 5th Floor, Austin, TX 78701; 888-863-5880). Programs are approved by and operate according to the guidelines and policies of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (P.O. Box 12788, Austin, TX 78711-2788; 512-483-6101).

Research and collaboration

Research and professional contributions of faculty are far ranging: research articles and scholarly books, textbooks in wide use throughout Texas and the United States and intensive training grants for teachers, school evaluation projects and studies of school finance and school choice. Each area represented in the department strives to make contributions to improving instruction for students throughout their school years.

Both research and service goals of the department are served through interdisciplinary efforts with other departments in the College of Education, the university and school districts. The Child Development Laboratory, Center for the Study of Educational Reform and Professional Development Schools are also sites for interdisciplinary efforts.

Child Development Laboratory

The Child Development Laboratory is an accredited preschool program for young children ages 3 through 5. In addition, it serves as a model, an observation site and a training center for undergraduate and graduate students in fields related to young children. Research related to early childhood issues is conducted by graduate students and faculty members from across the university.

Admission requirements

In addition to the requirements for admission to the graduate school at the University of North Texas and the College of Education, each degree program may specify additional requirements for acceptance into programs. Please refer to the admission requirements listed for each degree program.

Admission, Review and Retention (ARR) Committee

Faculty in the Department of Teacher Education and Administration have the right and responsibility to refer a student to the departmental ARR Committee if they have a concern about the student’s academic progress, behavioral characteristics or communication skills that indicate potential problems in school settings. The ARR Committee reviews referrals made by faculty and determines a course of action. The ARR Committee also reviews student appeals and determines a course of action regarding changes in the student’s course of study.

Graduate scholarships and assistantships

A limited number of teaching fellowships and assistantships are available for graduate students.

These opportunities include working with professors on research grants and projects or serving as a teaching assistant, working with undergraduate students in advising and degree plans, or teaching undergraduate classes and supervising student teaching. Application is made to the department chair by letter of application and a current resume. The letter should address particular strengths and interests. The application is available online.

A limited number of doctoral fellowships are available through the Toulouse Graduate School. Applications may be obtained through that office.

Degree programs

The Department of Teacher Education and Administration offers graduate programs in early childhood studies, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, and secondary education.

Certification options

The department offers several options at the graduate level leading to educator certification, including:

  • MEd program in secondary education, which includes initial certification
  • Post-baccalaureate, non-degree programs in
    • EC–6 Generalist ESL
    • EC–6 Generalist Bilingual Education
    • Grades 4–8 Mathematics or Science
    • Grades 6–12 Secondary in various content areas
  • Principal Certification Program, offered in conjunction with the MEd in educational leadership
  • Superintendent Certification Program, which may be pursued along with a doctoral program in educational leadership or may be taken as certification-only



    Master’s DegreeDoctorate


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