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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Supporting And Improving Urban Education Programs In Houston

Supporting And Improving Urban Education Programs In Houston
April 1, 2015 CEHD Communications

Supporting and Improving Urban Education Programs in Houston

It’s a fact:

 more than one-third of America’s fourth graders read at levels so low they cannot complete their schoolwork successfully.

 academic achievement by 8th grade is one of the largest predictors of college readiness.

National Early Literacy Panel, Executive Office of the President report on Increasing College Opportunity for Low-Income Students

With help from the College of Education and Human Development, the United Way of Greater Houston (UWGH) is creating and supporting opportunities for students in urban areas like Houston and across the nation.

Reaching more than 350,000 students throughout the city, the UWGH urban education initiative is ambitious to say the least. The UWGH education initiative brings together more than 30 non-profit agencies across Houston to deliver resources to students who need them.

These programs include providing reading enrichment during the school year and a space for students to stay engaged during the long summer months. Kindergarten readiness programs provide assistance to children who haven’t attended pre-school while parenting programs provide learning tools for families to help themselves.

With help from researchers at the Education Research Center (ERC), the programs are gaining insight into not only how to make their outreach programs more effective, but also how to reach more students.

Researchers from the ERC were tasked with helping explore how an undertaking of massive size measures success when tackling an issue as complex as urban education in one of the fastest growing cities in the nation. During the time since the partnership began in 2012, ERC researchers have brought to the table subject area expertise and a sharpened sense for what actionable data looks like.

“Our initial work has improved the quality of many of the programs,” says Dr. Hersh Waxman, professor and co-principal investigator on the project. Drs. Yolanda Padrón, Kayla Rollins and Susana Franco-Fuenmayor are also co-principal investigators on the project.

In what Dr. Waxman calls “a massive undertaking,” the ERC developed a data warehouse to collect academic outcome data for children involved in the UWGH community agency’s programs. Ultimately, the goal is to determine whether involvement in the programs – whether during elementary, middle or high school – increases the likelihood that students will attend college and have generally more successful lives.

So far, the researchers’ observation of the programs has revealed a number of areas for improvement that UWGH has been working hard to address including data that suggested less than 1% of students were involved in more than one agency program.

“There’s been collaboration between the agencies that has never occurred before,” said Dr. Waxman. “For example, during the summer learning programs, you have several agencies that are collaborating to develop a stronger program. That never occurred until these last two years.”

“So now they’re able to bring their services together,” added Dr. Rollins. “One might have the transportation for students, the other might have the facilities, the instructors or the curriculum.”

Entering into Year 4 of the evaluation, the ERC will work with UWGH staff to design and implement the evaluation of the Education Initiative and report on its success.  The team will analyze academic achievement and socio-emotional data for students involved in UWGH programs at school and community agencies involved in the the initiative.

“This is an exciting project for us,” remarks Dr. Waxman. “We developed partnerships with several large urban school districts and non-profit agencies such as the Houston Area Urban League, Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA, Children’s Museum of Houston and Project GRAD.”

“We are all strongly committed to improving students’ academic achievement and socio-emotional outcomes and anticipate that some of the promising practices emerging from this initiative will be diffused and refined by other urban districts.”


Good schools attract businesses and residents and produce students who are prepared to be successful in work and in human relationships.

Since 1993, The Houston Endowment has supported the College of Education and Human Development in the hopes of developing and retaining exceptional teachers in inner-city schools. Over the years, student scholarships and two endowed faculty chairs have been established to help meet this goal.

So far the endowed scholarship fund has provided 276 scholarships for students at Texas A&M committed to teaching in Harris or surrounding counties.

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

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