By Byron Spencer | September 11, 2013
Program strengths include service-learning opportunities and a focus on diverse populations
by Christi Fish/University Communications
San Antonio, August 8, 2013 – The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) College of Education and Human Development is ranked among Texas’ top five graduate programs in Education by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings measure U.S. graduate programs according to their student selectivity, faculty resources, research activity and the quality and ranking of their programs according to higher education administrators across the country.
“The UTSA College of Education and Human Development prepares students who are passionate about working with individuals, families, and communities to increase their potential and to provide new opportunities for growth said Betty Merchant, dean of the college. “Our scholars and alumni are highly recognized leaders in education, health and wellness, human development and policy studies.”
Established at UTSA in 2001, the College of Education and Human Development includes six academic departments: Bicultural-Bilingual Studies, Counseling, Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, Educational Psychology, Health and Kinesiology, and Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching. It offers eight master’s degree programs, four doctoral programs and four graduate certification programs.
UTSA is an emerging Tier one research university that specializes in five research areas including human and social development. In support of that mission, the College of Education and Human Development prepares students to address the educational, psychological social and health needs of those they will serve, particularly through a global perspective.
UTSA education scholars focus on research that addresses issues in globalization, cultural pluralism, transformative leadership and health. To that end, they contribute to policy discussions at the local, state and national levels to encourage the transformation of the nation’s educational system.
The college is also home to six scholarly journals. They include the Journal of Children’s Literature, Review of Higher Education, the Journal of Educational Foundations, Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social, the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement and the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health.
Additionally, UTSA operates a series of centers which function as learning laboratories for graduate students in Education while also providing service to the community. For example, the Center on Educational Leadership Policy and Professional Development provides opportunities for UTSA students and scholars to work with local school districts in identifying and implementing effective educational reform strategies. The Community Family Life Center provides free counseling to the San Antonio community. Likewise, the T.E.A.M. Center provides low-cost applied behavioral therapy services to children and teens with autism spectrum disorders. The college’s 28-foot Mobile Health Lab provides free health screenings to the public while facilitating research on Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and vascular diseases.
In Fall 2012, there were 1,660 graduate students enrolled in the College of Education and Human Development, 207 of whom were doctoral students.
U.S. News and World Reports ranked U.S. graduate programs in Education by analyzing the data of 278 universities which offer Education-related doctoral degrees. Weight was given to (1) quality assessment surveys conducted in Fall 2012 among education school deans, deans of graduate studies and school superintendents; (2) doctoral student selectivity; (3) the quality of each university’s doctoral faculty; and (4) each education school’s research expenditures (30 percent).
Other Texas universities recognized by U.S. News & World Report for having top Education graduate programs included University of Texas, Austin; Texas A&M University-College Station; Baylor University and University of Houston.
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is an emerging Tier One research institution specializing in health, energy, security, sustainability, and human and social development. With nearly 31,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. The university embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property – for Texas, the nation and the world.
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