College of Education and Human Development Statue

Celebrating Our Past. Transforming The Future.


This fall, the College of Education and Human Development will begin a year-long celebration of 50 years of excellence.

Throughout our history we have been charged with transforming and enriching lives through education and health. Created as a school for teachers, we are now a school for leaders.

We offer 21 undergraduate programs and more than 30 graduate programs across multiple emphasis areas.

Educators, sports professionals, business leaders, healthcare professionals. Whatever the industry, our graduates are game-changers. Our graduates transform lives.

About the College

We Teach Texas


We are proud to be one of 11 universities in the Texas A&M University System preparing educators for Texas school systems.

There are more than 10,000 Aggies working in Texas schools across 746 districts and 208 counties. Thanks to our excellence in teacher preparation, these Aggies will stay in the classrooms long after their peers.

Become a Teacher

Learn about the TAMUS initiative

Departments in the College of Education & Human Development

Business professionals meeting outside of a cubicle workspace.

EAHR develops educational leaders and improves practice through teaching, research and service.

Educational Psychology Teacher Painting Students

EPSY is home to a variety of interrelated disciplines and degree options focused on human development and well-being in educational and community contexts.

Health-kinesiology

HLKN is the largest academic department at Texas A&M University and generates over 98,000 credit hours and 203,000 (Modified) weighted student credit hours each year.

Teaching learning culture middle grades classroom

TLAC’s mission is to create experiences that advance teaching, research and service through the application of knowledge in the preparation and development of quality educators; placing high value on collaboration, diversity, critical thinking, and creativity.

Staff and Faculty Kudos

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College of Education & Human Development

History, Mission & Vision

Mission


The College of Education and Human Development is committed to enhancing equity in educational achievement and health outcomes, fostering innovation and development, and influencing policy and practice in the fields of education, health, sport, business and government.

Vision


Transform lives through leadership and innovation in Education and Human Development.

History of the College of Education and Human Development


While the college was officially established in 1969, we can trace the history of educator preparation at Texas A&M as far back as 1880. That year, some of the very first graduates of A&M College reported to the alumni association that they worked in public schools. These individuals began the long-standing tradition of Aggies serving in the field of education. To better support our former students and all Texas educators, we provided summer training for superintendents and teachers.

Over the next few decades, a number of academic departments were established to address the need for qualified teachers. The financial crisis and depression that occurred in 1929 led many students from various departments to pursue a teaching certificate as a means to earn money. By 1936, the Department of Rural Education was officially changed to the Department of Education.

A different concept of education was acknowledged through the late 1940s and early 1950s. Administrators, faculty and state leaders began to understand that producing qualified teachers for high schools would lead to the production of better students to fill the departments of A&M College. In 1954, The Texas A&M Council on Teacher Education formed to guide the departments of Agricultural Education, Education and Psychology, Industrial Education, and Health and Physical Education in this purpose.

Students working with teachers in a classroom in the 1960s.

Students working with teachers in a classroom in the 1960s.

Texas A&M, like many institutes across the nation, went through a period of transformational change in the 1960s. Beginning in 1963, women are allowed to enroll in limited numbers. The following year, Texas A&M became racially integrated. This expanded access to education for a number of African American students in the state. By 1969, the establishment of a formal College of Education was approved by the Board of Directors with Dr. Frank Hubert as dean. The College of Education enrolled 1,307 students in its first semester, including 694 graduate students and 613 undergraduate students.

 

The following decades saw the development of a strong, cohesive college through the recruitment of  faculty from major research universities across the nation and by building quality programs. When Dr. Hubert stepped down to become Chancellor of the Texas A&M University System, Dr. Dean Corrigan took up the charge of continued excellence. Under his leadership, the college revised its degree programs in response to the educational reform movements of the late 1980s. Many of these reform movements centered around addressing the teacher shortage across the nation, especially in math and science. Initiatives to better prepare teachers were supported further through the establishment of the college’s Development Council whose 25 charter members included NASA astronaut and Challenger commander Dick Scobee.

Jane Stallings kneeling next to a student at a desk.

Jane Stallings visiting a classroom in the early 1990s.

In 1991, the College of Education appointed the university’s first female dean, Dr. Jane Stallings.  The college’s teacher education programs continued to be recognized nationally as they were the first in Texas to be re-accredited following the passage of House bill 72, which reorganized these programs in the state’s colleges and universities. Toward the end of the 20th century, the college was renamed to the College of Education and Human Development to reflect the full scope of academic programs. The college also restructured to form four departments: Educational Psychology, Educational Administration and Human Resource Development, Health and Kinesiology, and Teaching, Learning and Culture. During the 30th anniversary celebration of the college, the Shaping the Future sculpture was unveiled in Harrington Plaza. This sculpture is the first on the A&M campus to feature a woman in a prominent role. The sculpture represents the impact teachers have in shaping and molding the lives of students.

Since this time, the college has continued its commitment to excellence in preparation of leaders in the fields of education, health, business and sport. With nationally recognized faculty experts, staff and students, the college maintains its standing as a leader among its peers.

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