Points of Pride


  • Texas Christian University climbed 25 spots in the 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings to the top Graduate Schools of Education.
  • The Association of Teacher Educators named the Early Childhood Education program as one of three finalists for the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award. The award recognizes teacher education programs that exemplify collaboration between higher education institutions and other education agencies that have direct involvement in the preparation of teachers.
  • Youth Advocacy and Educational Studies senior Michelle Nguyen received a Fulbright award to Indonesia.
  • 21 undergraduate teacher education students served as clinical teachers in K-12 schools in Panama, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, and the Netherlands throughout the month of February in 2019
  • Graduate student Beau Hartweg won the 2018 Outstanding Dissertation Award is for his dissertation “A Case Study Exploring the Experiences of Preservice Teachers in a Live-Interactive Portable Planetarium Program.” Hartweg earned his Ph.D. in Science Education in fall 2018.
  • Doctoral student Jayna McQueen won the 2019 COE Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition.
  • Dr. Erin Atwood received the American Educational Research Association Social Justice in Teaching Award.
  • Dr. Curby Alexander received the 2019 TCU Deans’ Teaching Award
  • The college and the Center for Public Education (CPE) hosted more than 80 aspiring educators and teachers from Dunbar and Western Hills high schools. The students also toured campus, learned about TCU and the field of education from faculty and staff, and participated in mathematics and science education activities with faculty and graduate students.
  • For the eighth year in a row, COE co-sponsored the 2019 Scripps Regional Spelling Bee with The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. This year’s bee generated media attention after lasting more than 63 rounds and six hours. In the end, the two spellers left standing exhausted the list of words and faced off in a 25-word written spelling test.
  • As part of the Green Honors Chair lecture series, the college hosted award-winning author and scholar Bettina Love, Ph.D., who presented “We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching.” Dr. Love’s work is informed by critical pedagogy, critical race theory and Black feminism and aims to create innovative pedagogical practices through the use of non-traditional educational curricula.

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
  • 100% Annual Fund participation by faculty and staff

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