College of Professional Education


Dean: Lisa Huffman, Professor
Associate Dean for Educator Preparation and Partnerships: Gina Anderson, Professor

Associate Dean for Research, Inclusion, and Innovation: Maria Peterson-Ahmad, Associate Professor

Location: SH 202
Phone: 940-898-2202
Fax: 940-898-2209

The programs of 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, and Counseling, the Department of Literacy & Learning, the Department of Teacher Education, and the School of Library and Information Studies.

Programs leading to the Bachelor of Science, 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.

Undergraduate degrees for students who wish to be certified to teach in elementary or middle schools are offered through an Education major, with academic specialization in bilingual education, English as a second language (ESL), special education, deaf and hard of hearing, and English, language arts and reading (ELAR). Undergraduate degrees in secondary education may be obtained through the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Health Sciences. Other undergraduate degrees are available in child development, child life, family studies, and family and consumer sciences.

The College of Professional Education offers graduate degrees in library science; child development; child development and early education; child life; family studies; marriage and family therapy; counseling and development; literacy education; literacy, language, and culture; multilingual and multicultural studies; reading; special education; educational leadership; education, leadership, and organization; teaching, leadership, and collaboration; and early childhood education.

The College of Professional Education also offers programs preparatory to initial teacher certification and professional certification programs 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 programs are accredited by The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Education Programs (CACREP). The Master of Science in Family Therapy and the Doctor of Philosophy in Family Therapy are accredited by The Commission of Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE).

Areas of Study

For admission to any of our programs, please visit the TWU Admission Information webpage.

For information on the graduate programs, please visit the College of Professional Education Graduate Catalog webpage.