COEHD offers more than just a world-class education. We also provide the opportunity for faculty and students to give back to the community through special projects and unique community centers. The college actively seeks ways to further our field of influence locally, nationally and across international borders (COEHD provides study abroad programs that include China, Thailand, Mexico, and Ecuador).
Community Counseling Services
Located on UTSA's Downtown Campus, the Community Family Life Center (CLFC) was created with the primary purpose of serving San Antonio's urban downtown area and its surrounding communities by providing free counseling and psycho-educational services to the community through university-sponsored clinics and community partnerships (Juvenile Justice partnership, AVANCE Partnership, Juror Counseling Program, Harlendale ISD Partnership). These services directly benefit at-risk youth, their families and out community. CFLC Brochure - English / CFLC Brochure - español
The Teacher Education Autism Model (TEAM) provides early intensive behavioral intervention to children with autism (through age five) and their families residing in Bexar County. Our goal is to improve learning outcomes for these children and address an unmet need in our community. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 1 in 88 American children in 2012 has autism. This equates to roughly 730,000 kids across the United States, and 29,563 children in Texas - a 400% increase over the last ten years (Texas Education Agency, 2011). In San Antonio, 2,602 students received special education services under the Autism category during the 2010-2011 school year (Health Profiles, 2010).
The Academy for Teacher Excellence is consistently recognized as a superior model for successful collaboration among school districts, community colleges, the private sector and universities to address emerging, statewide and local educational issues in a growing diverse student population. The academy supports Latino/Hispanic and other ethnically diverse students to overcome financial, psycho-social and institutional barriers as well as increases sensitivity to culturally relevant curriculum and instruction. UTSA is ranked 3rd in the United States for producing Hispanic Educators and COEHD consistently remains the leading provider of educators in the San Antonio area.
Since its founding in 1999, Plaza de Lectura - the Reading Place has offered low-cost assistance in reading and writing to more than 1,500 San Antonio area children who would normally not be able to afford tutoring. Each semester approximately 100 children, or "Roadrunner Readers" as we prefer to call them, meet one-on-one with their tutor and receive evaluation and tutoring in reading and writing (Approximately 10 weeks). The Plaza offers a variety of programs including those designed to help children needing extra support in reading and writing and young children who would benefit from enrichment literacy activities.
Established a three-year, 13 million cooperative agreement with the Republic of Malawi to provide educational materials and teacher training to improve children's literacy rates in Africa (2009).
Community Awareness & Health
Students and faculty in the Department of Kinesiology Health & Nutrition are directly identifying and addressing the wellness needs of the region through the Mobile Health Lab Nutrition & Dietetics Program as well as exploration of the intersection between faith and health.