The School of


The mission of the Division of Education is to prepare competent and highly proficient teachers who possess the knowledge, understanding, skills, abilities, and attitudes required of professional educators.

Lisa Helaire Taylor, Ed.D

Dean of Education
Office: (903) 923-2432 |

Degree Programs

Early Childhood Education
Middle Grades Education
Secondary Education – English Language Arts & Reading
Secondary Education – History
Secondary Education – Life Science
Secondary Education – Mathematics
Music Education
Physical Education and Health
Spanish Education
Interdisciplinary Studies


General goals of the Division of Education are to:

Provide the content knowledge required to master/pass the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES).

Provide extensive supervised field-based and laboratory experiences throughout the pre-service teacher certification program;

Provide prospective teachers with an understanding of the learner-centered learning processes, and to translate these understandings into appropriate teaching behaviors;

Provide opportunities for teacher candidates to experience professional practices, responsibilities and organizational structure of the education profession;

Develop a cadre of prospective teachers who demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and professional behavior required for becoming effective teachers; and

Prepare teacher candidates with a foundation for successful study at the graduate level.


The mission is realized for all candidates through the attainment of twelve common goals that are aligned with the Texas Education Agency Standards for Teachers and Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) standards, while the EPP meets the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) program standards.  The Educator Preparation Program has established various subject specific certifications to assist candidates to:

    1. Develop an understanding of the subject matter areas, create meaningful learning experiences on this knowledge, and master/pass the Texas Examinations of Educator Standards (TExES).
    2. Prepare teacher candidates with a foundation for successful study at the graduate level.
    3. Develop an understanding of students’ cognitive, social, physical, and emotional development and create learning opportunities that support student academic development.
    4. Recognize and value student diversity and the differences in how students learn, and provide instruction to accommodate such diversity.
    5. Develop instructional plans based on students’ needs, curricular goals and models, subject matter, and community.