Points of Pride

Program Accolades

  • Texas Christian University climbed 18 spots in the U.S. News & World Report rankings to the top Graduate Schools of Education
  • The KinderFrogs School reaccredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) with commendations for teaching staff; relationships with student families; relationships with the community; and leadership and management
  • The Language & Literacy Program received the Wisniewski Teacher Education Award in Spring 2016, an honor presented annually by the Society of Professors of Education (SPE) to recognize an outstanding teacher education program at a college or university
  • The Early Childhood Education program received the award for Best Practices in Support of Multicultural Education and Diversity from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) in February 2015
  • The Reading/English Language Arts & ESL program for Middle/Secondary Education received the 2012 Exemplary Field Based Practices award from The Center for Research, Evaluation and Advancement of Teacher Education (CREATE)
  • The Reading/English Language Arts & ESL program for Middle/Secondary Education received the 2012 AACTE/Southern Poverty Law Center: Culturally Responsive Teaching Award
  • The Literacy Early Childhood program received the International Literacy Association’s Certificate of Distinction, 2009-2016

Faculty accolades

  • Frank Thomas received prestigious Erskine Fellowship to lecture at University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand in spring 2018
  • Molly Weinburgh received the Quest for Quality: Exemplary Faculty Practices Award as director of the Andrews Institute of Mathematics & Science Education
  • Fran Huckaby selected as the Claudia V. Camp Faculty Research and Creative Activity Awardee for 2016-2017
  • Cecilia Silva — 2016 Piper Professor, one of ten professors in Texas recognized for superior teaching; 2015 Chancellor’s Award; 2014 TCU Dean’s Teaching Award
  • Molly Weinburgh received the 2016 Exemplary Faculty Practices Award for Texas
  • Frank Thomas received the 2016 Steve de Shazer Award for solution-based practitioners
  • Michelle Bauml received the Honorary Leon Jaworski Award for Teaching Excellence in Law Focused Education, presented by Law Focused Education, Inc. of the State Bar of Texas and Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Curby Alexander and Counseling doctoral student Brenda Reed among TCU Student Government Association’s 2015-16 Faculty of the Year.
  • Molly Weinburgh — 2015 Piper Professor, one of ten professors in Texas recognized for superior teaching
  • Robin Griffith and Jan Lacina — Appointed co-editors of The Reading Teacher (2015-2021)
  • Michael Faggella-Luby — 2015 NerdScholar 40 Under 40: Professors Who Inspire List

Student/alumni accolades

  • Courtney Szymke ’04 ’05 named Liberty Public Schools 2017-18 Teacher of the Year
  • Janekka Colbert named Teacher of the Week for Kenneth Davis Elementary in Mansfield ISD
  • Doctoral candidate Monica Amyett named one of twelve Texas Medical Association (TMA) Texas science teachers winners of its 2017 Ernest and Sarah Butler Awards for Excellence in Science Teaching
  • Ramya Enugu ’16 selected as National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) Classroom Teachers and Informal Science Educators Scholar
  • Doctoral Candidate Pamela Lear named to Who’s Who in Black Dallas and an Educational Game Changer.
  • Doctoral student Paul Cortese’s paper, Lived Experiences of Teaching Artists in After-School Music Programs Focused on Student Social Development, was accepted for presentation at the 2016 Association for Interdisciplinary Studies Conference in Ottawa in October
  • Doctoral student Trevon Jones was recognized by the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) as a 2016-2018 Barbara Jackson Scholar
  • Educational Leadership doctoral student Courtney Wait was named a 2016 Blumberg/Pajak Scholar by the Council of Professors of Instructional Supervision (COPIS)
  • TCU and Ronald E. McNair Program alumnus Marco Davila was recognized for remarkable contributions to his field by the Council for Opportunity in Education, one of five selected as 2016 National TRIO Achievers
  • Early Childhood Education alumna Celeste Hanvey honored as Outstanding Elementary Science Teacher of Texas by the Science Teachers Association of Texas
  • Higher Education Leadership alumnus Chris Hightower accepted for publication in a book titled Intercultural Competence in International Higher Education
  • Master’s in Educational Leadership alumna Paige Zinsou named Campus Teacher of the Year for Wedgwood Middle School
  • Curriculum Studies doctoral candidate Julie Vu named Saginaw Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year for her contributions as English Language Arts & Reading curriculum specialist in Eagle Mountain Independent School District
  • Master’s in Science Education alumna Chandler Patton Miranda received a 2016 President’s Service Award from New York University

College Highlights

  • TCU is the only university in the nation with two special education laboratory schools on campus, the Starpoint School and the KinderFrogs School
  • Education majors spend extensive time in the schools and agencies gaining real world experience. By graduation, students spend an average of 500 hours in diverse educational settings
  • Teacher program commended by the Texas Education Agency
  • Students have a near 100% teacher placement rate and near 100% pass rate on the Texas teaching certification exams
  • Principal Leadership Fellows is an innovative educational leadership cohort program that is designed to help meet the leadership needs of school districts
  • Nearly $2.5 million in College giving in 2016-17, and the only College at TCU with 100% Annual Fund participation by faculty and staff
  • More than 80 faculty publications in 2016-17
  • 4 endowed chairs
  • 36 endowed scholarships

Outreach & Service

The College of Education is home to five educational research and outreach programs that engage in research, provide outreach opportunities that enrich educational practice and prepare students for college through advising, mentoring and academic support.

Read more about these programs:

Alice Neely Special Education Research and Service (ANSERS) Institute

The Andrews Institute of Mathematics & Science Education

Center for Public Education

College Advising Corps

TRiO Programs