College of Education and Human Development Statue

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.

We Teach Texas

For the 2020-2021 school year, the Texas Education Agency reported there were nearly 10,000 Aggies working in Texas schools across 668 districts and 184 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

COVID-19 Updates and Guidance

Our top priority during this time is to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff. Review Texas A&M updates and guidance to learn more.

TAMU Updates & Guidance

We will continue to update information as it comes available.

Best Online Master’s

According to U.S. News & World Report (2022)


Education Programs for Veterans


Education Programs


Education Administration & Supervision


Educational/Instructional Media Design


Curriculum & Instruction

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.


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

If you’ve had a great encounter with a College of Education and Human Development faculty or staff member, tell us about it! Nominate them here.

Stress-Free Approaches To Managing Health In Diverse Older Adults

Stress-Free Approaches To Managing Health In Diverse Older Adults
August 21, 2018 CEHD Communications

Stress-Free Approaches To Managing Health In Diverse Older Adults

America is aging, with about 15 percent of the population over the age of 65. As Americans age, susceptibility to chronic conditions increases and level of overall health can decline.

Dr. Shevon Harvey, director of the Transdisciplinary Center for Health Equity Research and associate professor in health education, said reducing stress by setting small, measurable goals is key to improving health in the diverse, aging population.

She recommends seniors set ‘doable’ goals to achieve long-term health objectives.

“The first thing I tell seniors is to just pick one thing and start small. For example, instead of drinking soda, drink water. Instead of drinking four cans a day, drink three, and then drink one bottle water,” Dr. Harvey said.

Dr. Harvey said setting small goals prevents older adults from feeling overwhelmed. Cutting out soda completely, for example, could be more stressful than omitting one can at a time.

If a person is stressed they are more likely to give up on their long-term health goals. Dr. Harvey recommends seniors engage in a spiritual activity to decrease stress in their health journey.

“For people who are religious, it’s reading their Bible. For others it is meditation, and meditation comes in many forms. They can meditate while they walk. They can be in their garden and enjoy nature and that can be a form of their practice,” Dr. Harvey said. “Anything they can do to decrease stress is beneficial.”

Every older adult is on a different level when it comes to health. One can be an avid runner whereas another of the same age struggles to walk for longer than five minutes.

“Whether they have been sedentary and trying to walk, or they are trying to do a brisk walk or a slow run, or whether they are running and trying to do a half marathon, the aging population is so diverse, especially for physical activity,” Dr. Harvey said.

Her research also focuses on accepting cultural nuances while helping individuals make health behavior changes.

“How we define exercise is very cultural,” Dr. Harvey said. “For example, older black Americans may believe ‘I worked all my life through manual labor, so when I retire, I just want to do nothing’.”

Dr. Harvey found that faith-based health ministries can have significant impact on older minority adults.

“Particularly for black women, working through faith-based organizations has been very useful in helping that population make some health behavior change,” Dr. Harvey said.

Location can be a positive or negative factor for aging populations. Both rural and urban settings can hinder or encourage a healthy lifestyle, varying by factors like crime rate and accessibility.

“There are physical limitations in some urban environments that can make someone who may have a plethora of resources as you think about within the urban context feel isolated, more so than if they were in a very rural area,” Dr. Harvey said.

She recommends older adults in urban settings find activities inside their homes, like cleaning or walking stairs if they feel unsafe outdoors.

“Even though there are not typical resources in rural areas, there’s a lot of other resources,” Dr. Harvey said. “They may not have a sidewalk, but if they live in a very rural area, they may have a garden, which is where they will get a lot of physical activity.”

Whether location is urban or rural and activity is indoors or outdoors, Dr. Harvey recommends older adults take a gradual approach in health goals.

“I tell the older adults not to focus on losing weight. Just focus on being the healthiest you that you can be. Whatever that looks like,” Dr. Harvey said.

To learn more about Dr. Harvey’s research visit

About the Writer

Heather is responsible for news coverage in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, as well as the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development.

Articles by Heather

For media inquiries, contact our Media Relations Coordinator, Ashley Green


To learn more about how you can assist in fundraising, contact Jody Ford ’99, Sr. Director of Development or 979-847-8655

Recent Posts

Can't find what you are looking for?

Contact CEHD
Translate »