College of Education

Main Office
Matthews Hall, 214
(940) 565-2231
Fax: (940) 565-4415

Web site: www.coe.unt.edu

Student Advising Office
Matthews Hall, 105
(940) 565-2736
P.O. Box 311337
Denton, TX 76203-1337

M. Jean Keller, Dean

Judith A. Adkison, Associate Dean
Bertina L. Hildreth, Associate Dean
James L. Poirot, Associate Dean
John A. Williamson, Director Student Advising Office

The goals of the College of Education are to prepare competent teachers, administrators and other professional specialists for service in elementary and secondary schools; to prepare competent personnel for postsecondary institutions, governmental and community agencies, and business and industry; to conduct research, disseminate new knowledge and develop applications of existing knowledge; to provide leadership in the development of exemplary programs and practices in education; to provide service to school systems and other educational institutions and agencies; and to provide programs for lifelong learning.

Some financial support for research is available from external grants and faculty research funds administered by the Office of Research and Academic Grants. The areas of research are described by each department.

The College of Education is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and the Texas Education Agency. The program in counselor education is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. The program in recreation and leisure studies is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Programs in Recreation, Park Resources and Leisure Services.

The college offers 14 master's and 9 doctoral degree majors in four academic departments. These departments are

This arrangement provides graduate students with opportunities for collaborative research and interdisciplinary course work.

Programs of Study

Graduate programs are described by department.

Doctor of Education

Doctor of Philosophy

Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Education

Master of Science and/or Master of Education

Advising

For general advising and information, contact the graduate program coordinator.

Student Advising Office

The Student Advising Office helps students by providing teacher certification advising, deficiency plans, early field experience placement, student teaching placement, teacher certification application processing, and graduate program support services. Contact the Student Advising Office, Matthews Hall, Room 105, (940) 565-2231.

Degree Programs

Prerequisites for the Master's Degree

Requirements for full graduate standing are substantially the same as those established for the university, described in the Admission section of this catalog. Admission to a program is contingent upon an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Preregistration and registration are blocked for a second semester of enrollment unless an acceptable GRE score is presented to the graduate dean.

Contact the department chair or graduate program coordinator for information concerning acceptable GRE scores and all requirements.

Master of Science

This degree prepares qualified students for further graduate work and for leadership positions in education, governmental, community and human services agencies, and business and industry.

Degree Requirements

1. The candidate must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of graduate credit with a maximum of 6 hours in 4000-level courses. A minor outside the major is required.

2. A checklist of all requirements for master's students is available in the Student Advising Office, Room 105, Matthews Hall.

3. Each program requires the completion of a core of courses that depend upon the major field.

4. A comprehensive examination covering the candidate's field of specialization is required during the final semester in residence. The examination may be oral, written or both.

5. For detailed degree requirements, candidates should consult the appropriate graduate program coordinator.

Master of Education

The Master of Education is designed to emphasize professional competence and to prepare leaders in certain fields of educational practice, service and inquiry. For professional and other certificates, consult "Teacher Certification Programs" in this section.

Degree Requirements

1. The candidate must earn a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit. Some programs require more than 36 hours. At least 30 hours must be taken in courses numbered 5000 or above.

2. The first registration in some degree programs may include enrollment in course 5710 of the selected major area in education. In this course, the student's previous preparation is evaluated, admission to the program is determined and the degree plan is completed.

3. To provide maximum flexibility in planning individual programs, and in addition to education courses 5710 and 5720, a minor is required except for educational administration, and counseling and student services.

4. Ordinarily the requirements for the professional certificate can be met in the master's degree program. When planning the program, students must designate any certificate they seek so appropriate courses may be included.

5. The final enrollment in education is the evaluation seminar, education course 5720, except for majors in educational administration.

Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies

College of Education faculty members are involved in the master's degree with a major in interdisciplinary studies offered by the School of Graduate Studies. For further information about the degree, consult the Toulouse School of Graduate Studies section of this catalog.

Doctor of Philosophy and Doctor of Education

General Requirements

1. A minimum of 90 semester hours beyond the bachelor's degree, or 60 hours beyond the master's degree, is required. Course work beyond the 60-hour minimum ordinarily is required if the student changes the field of specialization when beginning doctoral study.

2. A checklist for all doctoral students is available in the Student Advising Office, Room 105, Matthews Hall.

3. A maximum of 24 hours beyond the master's degree may be transferred from other institutions; all such credit must be earned in residence at institutions that offer the doctoral degree. Transfer credit is evaluated for quality and appropriateness for the selected major. All transfer credit must be approved by the candidate's advisory committee and by the dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

4. The mere accumulation of credits does not prepare one for the doctoral degree. Emphasis is placed on the ability of the candidate to demonstrate proficiency in the major field. Leadership, overall scholastic attainment, research ability and formal examinations also are important factors in evaluating competency.

5. At least two years of successful teaching, training, administrative or guidance experience must precede the conferring of the degree.

6. All candidates must complete a minor outside the major field of study. Candidates for the Doctor of Philosophy degree are required to complete a minimum of 12 hours of minor area graduate work.

7. PhD programs prepare candidates for positions in universities, and community and corporate environments. EdD programs prepare candidates for leadership positions in fields of educational practice and service. Consult the doctoral programs listed within each department for specific requirements.

Admission Requirements

1. Requirements for full graduate standing are substantially the same as those established for the university, described in the Admission section of this catalog. Admission to candidacy is contingent upon an acceptable score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or on the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) score for Higher Education only. Enrollment is blocked after the first semester of enrollment if an acceptable GRE or GMAT score is not presented to the graduate dean. Contact the graduate program coordinator for specific GRE score requirements.

2. Apply for the admission examination prior to completion of 12 semester hours. All applications are available in the Student Advising Office or departmental main office.

3. Complete other program requirements of the major area department.

4. Meet with the appropriate graduate program coordinator to request an advisory committee, subject to approval by the College of Education and the dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

5. Prepare a degree plan with the aid of the advisory committee, to be approved by the advisory committee and dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Upon approval, the student is admitted to the doctoral program.

Language or Research Tool Requirement

Competency in a foreign language or in a tool subject (9 hours in educational research or 9 hours in graduate computer education) is required for the Doctor of Philosophy degree, and must be demonstrated prior to taking the written qualifying examinations. Some programs only allow the tool subject. The advisory committee may require proficiency in a second language when the dissertation problem demands it. Language proficiency may be
demonstrated by any of the options approved by the School of Graduate Studies that are listed in the Doctoral Degree Requirements section at the front of this catalog.

Candidates for the Doctor of Education degree may be required to establish proficiency in a foreign language if the solution of the dissertation problem requires it.

Residency

A minimum residence requirement consisting of two consecutive semesters (fall and spring, spring and fall, or two summer terms and one contiguous semester) must be completed. A minimum enrollment of 9 hours in each of the two semesters or the two summer terms is required. Residency must be completed prior to attempting the written qualifying examination.

Qualifying Examinations

1. Educational research and statistics. (Prerequisite is a passing score on the admission examination.) Students must have completed EDER 6010 and 6020 or equivalent prior to taking the examination. A passing score is a prerequisite to taking the written qualifying examination.

2. Written qualifying examination. After a minimum of 30 hours beyond the master's degree has been completed and all previous requirements have been met, the student must pass a qualifying examination. The examination covers the major, minor and related fields.

3. Oral qualifying examination. The primary purpose is to ensure an adequate evaluation of the student's knowledge in the major and minor fields. This examination is conducted by the advisory committee plus an examining faculty member.

Students who pass the qualifying examinations are eligible to continue as candidates for the doctoral degree. Less than satisfactory performance on any one or more phases of the qualifying examinations may result in modification of the degree program, repetition of one or more portions of the examinations, or termination of candidacy for the doctoral degree.

Admission to Candidacy

Admission to candidacy is granted by the dean of the School of Graduate Studies after satisfactory completion of the qualifying examinations.

Dissertation Proposal

Upon admission to candidacy and with approval of the advisory committee, the candidate presents the dissertation proposal to the committee. The application and procedures for scheduling and conducting the seminar are available in the Student Advising Office.

Dissertation

Upon completion of the dissertation and with the approval of the advisory committee, a final oral comprehensive examination is arranged by the major professor in consultation with the Student Advising Office.

Teacher Certification Programs

Texas teacher certification requires completion of an approved four-year degree program, clearance on a criminal records search and the appropriate ExCET (Examination for the Certification of Educators in Texas). Refer to deficiency plan.

To be enrolled in any elementary or secondary education course, students must formally be admitted to the teacher education program through the Student Advising Office, in Matthews Hall, Room 105. Each of the following criteria must be met prior to being formally admitted to the teacher education program:

1. at least junior standing (60 hours);

2. an acceptable score on the Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP) test;

3. a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (2.50 for secondary certification);

4. a minimum cumulative grade point average at UNT of 2.75 (2.50 for secondary certification); and

5. a deficiency plan on file in the Student Advising Office (elementary only).

A student whose first language is not English must meet the following criteria in addition to the above:

1. complete SPHS 1020 (in lieu of COMM 1010) and fulfill the recommendation of the instructor of that course regarding further instructions (must be completed prior to taking teacher education courses);

2. pass the Test of Spoken English with a score of 250 or better and the Test of Written English with a score of five or better (must be completed prior to taking teacher education courses);

3. pass oral examination given by the College of Education (must be completed prior to taking teacher certification courses).

In addition to numbers 1-3, the student must meet all requirements for certification, including student teaching, to be recommended for certification by UNT.

The Undergraduate Catalog lists requirements for certification programs. Contact the certification adviser, in the Student Advising Office, for further information. Teaching certificates available in the College of Education are as follows:

Elementary Certificates

Early Childhood Education Endorsement

The Early Childhood Education Endorsement that certifies the student to teach public school prekindergarten through kindergarten in Texas may be added to valid elementary certificates, special education certificates or vocational home economics certificates that require a college degree.

Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement

The Early Childhood Special Education Endorsement that certifies the student to teach public school prekindergarten through third grade handicapped in Texas may be added to elementary, all-level, vocational, home economics, and special education certificates.

Secondary Certificates

Endorsements

Endorsements that may be added to valid elementary, secondary and all-level certificates include the following:

All-Level Certificates

Applied Technology-Related Certificates (Vocational)

Students who have completed requirements for any of the above must apply for teaching certificates in the College of Education. For information and application forms, contact the certification adviser in the Student Advising Office. A minimum of 12 hours in residence must be completed before a recommendation from UNT is made for any certificate.

Certification with a Master's Degree

Specific requirements for professional certificate programs with the master's degree follow. In addition to the following requirements, a person applying for the certificate must have had at least three years of teaching experience in an accredited school (two years for mid-management certification). A minimum of 12 hours of any deficiency must be completed at UNT.

Reading Specialist All-Level Certificate

Master's Degree Required

1. Specialization Area, 12 hours: EDRE 5170, 5180, 5190 and 5370.

2. Professional Education, 3 hours: people holding elementary certificates take EDSE 5400 or 5440; those holding secondary certificates take EDEE 5320.

3. Resource Area, 6 hours: 3 hours from GEOG 5010, EDUC 5130 and SOCI 4150; 3 hours from SPHS 5820 and ENGL 5320 and 5570.

4. Degree Requirements, 15 hours: EDSE or EDEE 5710 and 5720; 6 hours from EDRE 4830 and 5200 and EDEE 5060; and 3 hours of elective.

Prerequisite(s): provisional teaching certificate and three years of successful classroom teaching experience in an accredited school.

Special Education: Professional Educational Diagnostician

Master's Degree Required

1. Exceptional Child, 9 hours: EDSP 5010, 5020 and 5600.

2. Psychoeducational Evaluation, 9 hours: EDSP 5100, 5530 and 5540.

3. Human Development, 3 hours: EDUC 5010.

4. Learning Theory, 6 hours: EDSP 5250 and EDUC 5600.

5. Educational Intervention, 6 hours: EDSP 5240, plus one additional course.

Prerequisite(s): valid Texas teaching certificate in special education and three years of teaching experience.

Special Education: Special Education Early Childhood Handicapped Endorsement

1. Characteristics: EDSP 5050.

2. Intervention: EDSP 5060 and 5070; EDEC 5070 and 5580.

3. Assessment: EDSP 5080.

4. Practicum: EDSP 5430 (or evidence of teaching in early childhood special education may be substituted).

5. Prerequisite: Valid Texas teaching certificate in special education plus one year of experience or practicum.

Special Education: Severe Emotionally Disturbed and Autistic Endorsement

1. Characteristics and Identification, 3 hours: EDSP 5600.

2. Intervention Strategies, 9 hours: EDSP 5330, 5610 and 5620.

3. Professional Development, 3 hours: EDSP 5240.

4. Practicum, 6 hours: EDSP 5630 and 5640.

Prerequisite(s): valid Texas teaching certificate in special education.

Special Education: Generic Special Education Service Delivery Endorsement

1. Characteristics and Identification, 9 hours: EDSP 5010, 5020 and 5100.

2. Intervention Strategies, 12 hours: EDSP 5220, 5240, 5330 and 5600.

3. Practicum in Special Education, 3 hours: EDSP 5430.

Prerequisite(s): valid Texas teaching certificate.

Special Education: Gifted and Talented Endorsement

1. Characteristics, Identification and Instructional Strategies, 12 hours: EDSP 5150, 5160, 5170 and 5180.

2. Practicum, 3 hours: EDSP 5430 or two years of documented teaching in a gifted and talented program.

Prerequisite(s): valid Texas teaching certificate.

Elementary School Counselor

Master's Degree Required

For information about the special education counselor certificate, contact the certification adviser.

1. The Guidance Program, 3 hours: EDSS 5770.

2. The Pupil Served, 6 hours: EDSS 5760 and 5790.

3. Resource Area, 36 hours: EDSS 5470, 5610, 5660, 5680, 5690, 5700, 5710, 5720, 5721 and 5740; EDHD 5230, and EDER 5210.

4. Elective, 3 hours: chosen with consent of the adviser.

Prerequisite(s): valid Texas teaching certificate, three years of teaching experience, and admission to counselor education program.

Secondary School Counselor

Master's Degree Required

For information about the special education counselor certificate, contact the certification adviser.

1. The Guidance Program, 3 hours: EDSS 5600.

2. The Pupil Served, 6 hours: EDSS 5760 and 5790.

3. Resource Area, 36 hours: EDSS 5470, 5580, 5610, 5660, 5680, 5690, 5710, 5720, 5721 and 5740; EDHD 5230, and EDER 5210.

4. Elective, 3 hours: chosen with consent of the adviser.

Prerequisite(s): valid Texas teaching certificate, three years of teaching experience, and admission to counselor education program.

Elementary/Secondary Counseling

For the person who has completed a master's degree in another discipline, the following courses are required for the school counselor certificate.

1. Elementary School Counseling: EDSS 5610, 5660, 5680, 5690, 5700, 5710, 5720, 5721, 5740, 5760, 5770 and 5790.

2. Secondary School Counseling: EDSS 5470, 5600, 5610, 5660, 5680, 5690, 5710, 5720, 5721, 5740, 5760 and 5790.

Prerequisite(s): valid Texas teaching certificate, three years of teaching experience, and admission to counselor education program.

A minimum of 12 hours on any deficiency plan must be completed at UNT. Contact the certification adviser for specific information related to certification deficiency plans.

Professional Vocational/Career Counseling Certification

Master's Degree Required

1. Specialization Area, 9 hours: EDSS 5410, 5420 and 5470.

2. The Guidance Program, 3 hours: EDSS 5400.

3. The Pupil Served, 3 hours: EDSS 5600.

4. Resource Areas, 33 hours: EDSS 5610, 5660, 5680, 5690, 5710, 5720, 5730, 5740, 5790; EDHD 5230 and EDER 5210.

Prerequisite(s): valid Texas teaching certificate, three years of teaching experience, and admission to counselor education program.

Vocational Education Certificates

Students seeking the following vocational education certificates should consult the program in Applied Technology, Training and Development for a transcript evaluation and deficiency plan before beginning a certificate program.

Marketing Education

1. Marketing Education, 15 hours: ATTD 5000, 5430, 5520, 5530 and two enrollments in 5630.

2. Marketing, 6 hours: MKTG 3650/5000 and 4600, or equivalent.

3. Two years (4,000 hours) of work experience in marketing.

4. Two years teaching on emergency permit in marketing education prerequisite to permanent certification.

5. The Texas Examination of Current Administrator and Teachers (TECAT) or TASP must be passed.

6. Apply for certificate in the Student Advising Office, Matthews Hall, Room 105.

Office Education

1. Prerequisite(s): major or minor in business or business education.

2. ATTD 5000, 5630 and 6 hours of computer methods from the department.

3. Two years (4,000 hours) of work experience in an office occupation.

4. One year teaching on emergency permit in the area of the target certificate, prerequisite to permanent certification.

5. TECAT or TASP must be passed.

6. Apply for certificate in the Student Advising Office, Matthews Hall, Room 105.

Trade and Industrial and Health Science Technology Education

1. Pre-Employment Laboratory Teacher, 18 hours: ATTD 4000 or 5000, 4435 or 5430, 4450 or 5450, 4460 or 5460, 4470 or 5470, and 4730 or 5730; three years (6000 hours) of work experience with an undergraduate degree or five years (10,000 hours) without an undergraduate degree; two years teaching on emergency permit in the area of target certificate, prerequisite to permanent certification; TECAT must be passed; apply for certificate in the Student Advising Office, Matthews Hall, Room 105.

2. Industrial Cooperative Teacher, 18 hours: ATTD 4000 or 5000, 4435 or 5430, 4450 or 5450, 4470 or 5470, 4520 or 5520, and 4610 or 5600; three years (6000 hours) of work experience plus an undergraduate degree; two years teaching on emergency permit in the area of the target certificate, prerequisite to permanent certification; TECAT or TASP must be passed; apply for certificate in the Student Advising Office, Matthews Hall, Room 105.

Vocational Supervisor/Professional

1. Specialization Area, 18 hours: ATTD 5400, 5430, 5480, 5540, 6200 and 6450.

2. Resource Area, recommended support courses, 12 hours: ATTD 5410, 5460, 5520, 5600, 5630, 6210 and 6470.

Prerequisite(s): bachelor's degree and three years of vocational teaching experience.

Occupational Orientation

1. 15 hours: ATTD 5400, 5410, 5430, 5000 or 5440, and 5460.

2. Two years teaching on emergency permit in the area of the target certificate, prerequisite to permanent certification.

3. The Texas Examination of Current Administrator and Teachers (TECAT) or TASP must be passed.

4. Apply for certificate in the Student Advising Office, Matthews Hall, Room 105.

Elementary Supervisor

Master's Degree Required

1. Specialization Area, 9 hours: EDAD 5200, 5540 and 5560.

2. Resource Areas, 21 hours: EDEE/EDSE/EDUC or another course related to multicultural populations as approved by the students adviser, EDEE 5320 or EDEE/EDSE 5400, and 12 semester hours to be selected in consultation with an adviser.

3. Degree Requirement, 6 hours: EDAD 5710 and EDEE 5720.

Prerequisite(s): valid elementary or all-level teaching certificate and three years of teaching experience in an accredited school.

Secondary Supervisor

Master's Degree Required

1. Specialization Area, 9 hours: EDAD 5200, 5540 and 5560.

2. Resource Areas, 21 hours: EDEE/EDSE/EDUC or another course related to multicultural populations as approved by the student's adviser, EDEE/EDSE 5400 or EDSE 5440, and 12 semester hours to be selected in consultation with an adviser.

3. Degree Requirement, 6 hours: EDAD 5710 and EDSE 5720.

Prerequisite(s): valid secondary or all-level teaching certificate and three years of teaching experience in an accredited school.

Special Subject Supervisor

Master's Degree Required

For information about the supervisor's certificate in special education, contact the certification adviser.

1. Specialization Areas, 21-24 hours: EDAD 5200, 5540 and 5560; 12 to 15 hours in a special subject area.

2. Resource Area, 9 hours: EDEE/EDSE/EDUC or another course related to multicultural populations as approved by the student's adviser, EDEE 5320 or EDEE/EDSE 5440, and EDSE 5460 or EDEE 5360 (choice of elementary or secondary courses, depending upon the student's undergraduate preparation).

3. Degree Requirement, 6 hours: EDAD 5710, and EDEE or EDSE 5720.

Prerequisite(s): valid special subject teaching certificate and three years of teaching experience in an accredited school.

Special Education: Early Childhood Handicapped Endorsement

1. Programs and Practices, 6 hours: EDSP 5710 and 5720.

2. Characteristics, 3 hours: EDSP 5050.

3. Instruction and Intervention, 12 hours: EDSP 5060 and 5070, EDEC 5070 and 5580.

4. Individual Assessment Procedures, 3 hours: EDSP 5080.

5. Advanced Course, 3 hours: EDSP 5010, 5020, 5220, 5250, 5330 or 5600.

6. Practicum, 3 hours: EDSP 5430 or documented teaching experience in early childhood special education.

7. Electives, 6 hours: Electives are chosen in consultation with an appropriate faculty member.

Prerequisite(s): valid Texas teaching certificate (not secondary certification).

Early Childhood Education Endorsement

For information about the Early Childhood Education Endorsement, contact the Department of Teacher Education and Administration.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement

This endorsement is added to the elementary, secondary, or all-level certificate.

1. General Linguistics, ENGL 4040 or 5040.

2. Methods in Teaching ESL, ENGL 4080 or 5080.

3. Second Language Acquisition, ENGL 5060.

4. Sociolinguistics, ENGL 5330.

5. One year teaching experience in ESL.

Professional Program for the School Administrator's (Mid-Management) Certificate (1972), 45 Hours

General Requirements

1. Hold the provisional teacher certificate.

2. Hold a master's degree.

3. Have a minimum of two years of creditable classroom teaching experience.

4. Have completed an approved administrative internship.

5. Have completed an approved program designed for meeting the requirements of the certification desired.

Common Core for Administrator, 21 Hours

EDAD 5200, 5330, 5390, 5450, 5520, 5710 and 5720.

Related Academic Areas, 9 Hours

EDAD 5600 or another course related to multicultural populations as approved by the student's adviser; CECS 5010, or, if the student has basic computer skills, another computing or technology-related course approved by the adviser.

Specialized Preparation for Administrators, 18 Hours

EDAD 5540 or 5560; EDAD 6031, 6100 and 6580; 3 hours to be selected from EDER 5050, 5210, 5220 and 5350; and 3 hours to be selected from EDEE 5320, EDEE 5400, EDSE 5400 and EDSE 5440 (specific course depends upon the student's undergraduate major: elementary majors take EDSE 5400 or 5440, secondary majors take EDEE 5320 or 5400).

Specialized Preparation for Superintendent's Certificate (1972), 60 Hours

This certification requires, in addition to holding the mid-management (45 hours) certificate, the completion of 15 additional hours, including EDAD 6033 and 12 hours selected from EDAD 6510, 6520, 6530, 6540, 6550, 6570 and 6590.

Temporary Administrator's Certificates (1972)

Temporary certificates for school administrators are available for the following positions: assistant principal, mid-management and superintendent. Each temporary certificate is non-renewable and valid for a period of five years. The appropriate temporary certificate is issued upon the completion of a minimum of 12 hours at UNT and the recommendation of a college or university, to a person meeting the following requirements:

Temporary Assistant Principal

1. Hold a bachelor's degree.

2. Hold the provisional teacher certificate.

3. Have two years of creditable classroom teaching experience.

4. Have a minimum of 12 graduate hours of the Common Core for Administrator required for the professional administrator certificate. EDAD 5710 must be taken.

5. Be admitted to the professional administrator's program of the institution recommending the candidate.

Temporary Mid-Management (Principal)

1. Hold a master's degree.

2. Hold the provisional teacher certificate.

3. Have two years of creditable classroom teaching experience.

4. Have a minimum of 12 graduate hours of the Common Core for Administrator required for the professional administrator certificate. EDAD 5710 must be taken.

5. Be admitted to the professional administrator's program of the institution recommending the candidate.

Temporary Superintendent

1. Hold a professional mid-management administrator certificate.

2. Be admitted to the professional superintendent's program of the institution recommending the candidate.

The Academy for Research and Professional Development

The Academy for Research and Professional Development within the College of Education at the University of North Texas was formed in the fall of 1993. Members of the academy include all faculty and professionals within the college and participating colleagues from outside the college, including faculty at UNT, educators from public schools and partners in industry.

The mission of the academy is to facilitate the dynamic involvement of College of Education faculty and students in research and professional development by:

A variety of centers, clinics, and institutes are the focal point of many academy efforts. Below are brief descriptions of each of these organizations.

Biofeedback Research and Training Laboratory

The Biofeedback Research and Training Laboratory (BRTL) makes biofeedback treatment of a variety of stress-related disorders available on a sliding scale fee basis. Biofeedback treatment is provided under counselor education faculty supervision by graduate counselors-in-training who are preparing to become nationally certified as biofeedback therapists.

Center for Developmental Studies

The Center for Developmental Studies develops, implements and administers programs specifically designed to meet the educational needs of unique student populations, such as the financially and educationally disadvantaged, minorities and disabled individuals. The center currently administers five programs that provide services to students from middle school level through graduate school. Projects administered by the center have involved more than 85 school districts in north central Texas as well as many junior and community colleges throughout the state. These five programs provide services for an excess of 1500 participants yearly, ranging from grade school to upper division undergraduate UNT students.

Center for Higher Education

The Center for Higher Education was created in the Department of Higher Education in 1983. The main purpose of the center is to monitor and interpret the impact of major trends and legislation as they affect higher education. The office also engages in research activities for other agencies that are concerned about higher education issues at the state, regional and national levels.

Center for Parent Education

The Center for Parent Education was established to meet the needs of families through parent education research and training, as well as act as a conduit for information about trends and research related to parent education. The program collaborates with faculty in the human development and family studies master's degree program, and the child development undergraduate program, and with other university faculty who have an interest and expertise in parent education.

Center for Play Therapy

The Center for Play Therapy exists to facilitate the unique development and emotional growth of children through the process of play therapy. The center carries out this commitment by providing graduate courses in play therapy, a play therapy summer institute, an annual play therapy conference, research, scholarships, a directory of play therapy training in the United States and Canada, a bibliography of play therapy literature, an international clearinghouse for play therapy literature, play therapy for children and training for parents.

Center for Sport Psychology and Performance Excellence (CSPPE)

The CSPPE is a multidisciplinary center devoted to offering sport psychology interventions, research, and training. The center combines the expertise of faculty in psychology and kinesiology to produce the most comprehensive and state-of-the-art sport psychology services available.

Center for the Study of Educational Reform

This center's mission is to conduct research and serve as an information clearinghouse on educational reform initiatives. Created in 1990, the center has received grants to conduct a statewide survey on education reform and to conduct research on private and public school choice programs. The center also provides doctoral students with opportunities for dissertation research.

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.

Child and Family Resource Clinic

The Child and Family Resource Clinic (CFRC) is an interdisciplinary diagnostic and remedial clinic serving children, adults and families from the North Texas area. Services offered include interdisciplinary assessment,
counseling, reading instruction, speech/language therapy and parent education classes. Fees for all services are based on a sliding scale. CFRC provides clinical training opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students in counseling, reading and speech/language/hearing.

Counseling and Human Development Center

The Counseling and Human Development Center (CHDC) is an instructional facility in which master's and doctoral level counselors-in-training provide counseling under faculty supervision. The CHDC serves individuals of all ages, couples, families and groups. Fees are based on a sliding scale, making counseling affordable to a segment of the population that otherwise might not have access to mental health services.

Educational Research Laboratory

The Educational Research Laboratory offers services to graduate students and faculty members in the College of Education. Services include assistance in research design, measurements and analysis of data using either the SPSS or SAS statistical packages. Assistance is also given in the interpretation of computer output and display of data in the form of tables or charts.

Investigations of Talented Students

The Investigations of Talented Students (ITS) is a research and support center for the recognition and development of high levels of talent and giftedness. The goal of the center is to help individuals, families and schools recognize and nurture the abilities and skills of individuals. ITS's research provides the educational and psychological community with insights into these issues. While ITS recognizes the variety of abilities and talents possible, its focus is primarily on those interests and competencies manifested by children in school or academic settings. Summer programs for elementary and secondary students are offered as are graduate courses in gifted and talented education.

J.C. Matthews Chair of Research in Education

The J.C. Matthews Chair of Research in Education, named for a former UNT president, acts as a catalyst in stimulating research in education at UNT. The holder of the Matthews Chair conducts research on a variety of educational topics and disseminates results to the profession.

Maturational Assessment Clinic

The Maturational Assessment Clinic is devoted to the study and research of child growth and development, assessment for proper school placement and school readiness. It is solely a diagnostic clinic and provides assessment and diagnosis in routine behavioral evaluation of children ages 2 1/2 through 9 years; school readiness, ages 4 through 6; and proper school placement, ages 3 1/2 through 9.

Office of Field Services

The Office of Field Services was designed to link Texas school districts with the University of North Texas research and consulting capabilities. The goal of this office is to provide research and consulting services to school districts, private schools and businesses.

Texas Center for Educational Technology

The Texas Center for Educational Technology (TCET) is designed to promote research and development collaboration among universities, school districts, the Educational Service Centers, and the technology industry for the purpose of integrating the use of technology into Texas schools. Educational technology information and products are disseminated statewide via monthly publications transmitted in print and electronically. Research projects focusing on technology development, use and quality are supported.

UNT Institute for Behavioral and Learning Differences

The UNT Institute for Behavioral and Learning Differences (UNT-IBLD) was created in 1993 for the advancement of research and educational issues and techniques related to individuals with unique behavioral and learning characteristics. The UNT-IBLD vision includes not only those individuals who are not keeping pace with their peer group, but also those who are advanced beyond normal expectations. The goals of the UNT-IBLD include advancing the understanding of behavioral and learning differences; developing liaisons with public and private facilities; effecting in-service development of regular education faculty; focusing on transitional strategies for community, work and postsecondary education; developing technological innovations for enhancing educational and life opportunities; and serving as a resource for professionals, parents, schools, and community and state agencies.

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