College of Professional Education

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Dean: Lisa Huffman, Professor
Location: SH 2021
Phone: 940-898-2204

Associate Dean for Educator Preparation and Partnerships: Gina Anderson, Professor & Certification Officer
Location: SH 202G
Phone: 940-898-2980

The programs in the College of Professional Education advance knowledge through teaching, research, and service in order to foster thriving families, schools, and communities. Four components comprise the College: the Department of Human Development, Family Studies, & Counseling, the Department of Literacy & Learning, the Department of Teacher Education, and the School of Library and Information Studies.

Programs leading to the Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Education, Master of Library Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are available through the college.

The College of Professional Education offers graduate degrees in library science, child development, child life, family studies, marriage and family therapy, counseling and development, reading, special education, educational administration, teaching, leadership and collaboration, and early childhood education.

The College of Professional Education also offers professional educator preparation and certification for school librarians, principals, superintendents, counselors, reading specialists, and diagnosticians.

Educator preparation programs in the College are accredited by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Master's programs in Library and Information Studies are accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). The Counseling and Development program is accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The Master of Science in Family Therapy and the Doctor of Philosophy in Family Therapy are accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Areas of Study

For admission to any of our graduate programs, please visit the TWU Graduate School webpage.