Welcome from the Dean

Dean Joyce Alexander headshot

For the past three years, I have had the honor to call the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University home. This college is a fantastic place where leading experts, passionate students, and dedicated staff join in transforming lives of individuals across our state, nation, and the world.

At CEHD, we are leading by example. Since 1969, we have been fighting fearlessly to make a transformational impact on our world. Our faculty specializes in many fields including teacher preparation, exercise science, adult education, counseling psychology, and sport management. Their passion, combined with the dedication of our students has resulted in CEHD graduates going on to become game changers in industry, government, education, sport, and business.

As you look through this site, you will learn about our commitment to a world-class learning experience for our students, our passion for innovation within our fields, and our dedication to communities through our service. You’ll also learn about our dedicated staff and faculty who are part of the team ensuring your experience here at A&M is world class.

We hope that you will choose to pursue your academic career with the College of Education and Human Development. We will prepare you to become a transformational leader at the forefront of your field. Learn more by exploring our website and apply to one of our programs today.

Thanks and Gig 'em,

Joyce M. Alexander, Ph.D.

Dean and Professor

Reta Haynes Dean's Endowed Chair

About the Dean

Appointed in June 2015, Dr. Joyce Alexander is the sixth dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University. She is also the current holder of the Reta Haynes Dean’s Endowed Chair and is a professor in the Department of Educational Psychology. She received a B.S. in Psychology from Texas Wesleyan University, and Master of Arts and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Georgia.

Prior to her time at Texas A&M, Dr. Alexander served as Executive Associate Dean in the School of Education at Indiana University Bloomington, where she had been a member of the faculty since 1992. Before assuming that role, she served as chair of the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology for six years. Her research interests include development of child interests, motivation and the development of expertise in children. Her most significant work examines the growth of science interest longitudinally from early childhood through age 18.

Dr. Alexander has supervised 20 student dissertations, served as a journal reviewer for 12 journals and is currently on the Editorial Board of Metacognition and Learning.



Transformational Impacts

As a part of a land grant university, we are called to do more. Our faculty, staff, and administration came together two years ago to commit to not just teaching, research, and service, but to making a transformational impact on society.

We address education’s most urgent challenges and remain at the forefront of the fight to improve educational achievement. In health and wellness, we conduct research that informs policy and practice, ultimately improving the quality of life for countless individuals. And across every focus, we prepare the absolute best leaders of tomorrow and set the standard for excellence.

Achieve Equity in Education and Health Outcomes

From early childhood to adulthood, equity in access to and quality of health and educational opportunities is one of our nation’s greatest challenges and highest priorities.

We commit to harnessing the power of research and higher education to foster teachers, administrators, community leaders, and community health experts to lead this charge.

All children, regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status, deserve access to schools with high quality and effective educators. We prepare school administrators and leaders to proactively work against the overrepresentation of some ethnicities in special education classes, less academically rigorous pathways/courses, and school disciplinary programs.

We commit to preventing and eliminating disparities that manifest through increased rates of teenage pregnancy, low test scores, childhood obesity, adult onset diabetes, alcoholism, and high dropout rates. We seek to disrupt existing relations between socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and health equity.

Learn more about how we work to achieve equity every day

Former Student Helps Pave Way for Others
Center on Disability and Development Awarded Two Grants Under the Autism Grant Program
Advocating for Healthy Communities

Improve Individual and Community Quality of Life

Quality of life is not only about physical health and activity, but also about mental and emotional health.

Approximately 20% of the U.S. population lives in a health professional shortage area and few of these communities have a complete plan for coordinating services for individuals in high-poverty areas.

We can provide the tools necessary to improve mental and physical outcomes to more individuals and families across the state through increased health programs, clinical studies, and professional development.

Learn more about how we improve individual and communal quality of life

Quality of Life: A White Paper Prepared by the CEHD Faculty Advisory Committee
Research Gives Clinicians Comparative Benchmarks For Collegiate Athletes
Professor Researches For Continued Veteran Support
Fish Oil May Help Improve Mood in Veterans
The Telehealth Counseling Clinic: Transformative Partnership for Service, Training, and Research
Master of Science in Athletic Training: Transformative Partnerships

Advance Teaching and Learning

Prepare Passionate Educators. In 2015, the State of Texas declared teacher shortage areas in language and literacy education, special education, and all specializations within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). We commit to addressing these shortages by preparing passionate, dedicated professionals who demonstrate leadership, promote equity, advance knowledge, and improve quality of life.

Deliver Transformational Learning Experiences. All of our graduates will enter the workforce having experienced a transformational learning environment at Texas A&M. We examine the instruction within our own classrooms and advance the scholarship surrounding effective teaching and learning as we lead our students to develop the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to transform lives.

See the many ways we commit to our students’ transformational learning. Our students experience learning in some of the most innovative places, seeing real work examples of their classroom discussions play out thanks to our Global Education initiative.

Learn more about how we advance teaching and learning

Summit for Meaningful Impact of Learning and Education
Advancing Achievement in Learning and Health at Camp LIFE
Global Perspectives
Classroom Instruction Comes to Life Through Global Education

Develop Transformational Leaders

Creating transformational leaders starts with opportunities to address real-world dilemmas.

Partnering with organizations, communities, and schools leads to such opportunities and establishes long-standing relationships with respect and value.

As a tier-1 research and land-, space- and sea-grant university, we are developing the leaders needed in Texas today.

Whether in PK-20 leadership development, health & wellness, sport and rehabilitation, educational foundations, human resource development or research leadership for the next generation of academicians, we are examining effective ways to support leaders through local, international, and interdisciplinary partnerships.

Learn more about how we develop transformational leaders

US Swimmer and Sport Management Student Breeja Larson on What it Means to be an Olympian
Sport Management student works with San Antonio Spurs


Additional Talks by Dean Alexander

The Role of Teacher Education in a Research University


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