Points of Pride



  • Texas Christian University was ranked once again in the 2021 U.S. News & World Report top Graduate Schools of Education.
  • The Association of Teacher Educators named the Early Childhood Education-6th Grade program as winner of the Distinguished Program in Teacher Education Award 2020. 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.
  • The State Board for Educator Certification recognized TCU for performance in Preparing Educators for Long Term Success–Employment in Principal or Assistant Principal Role within 3 Years, based on the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • Molly Weinburgh received the 2020 Award for Outstanding Longtime Service from the Association for Science Teacher Education.
  • Gabriel Huddleston received the Critical Issues in Curriculum and Cultural Studies Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association and was nominated into the prestigious professional organization Professors of Curriculum.
  • M. Francyne Huckaby’s book, Researching Resistance: Public Education after Neoliberalism (Myers Educational Press), received the Honorable Mention for the 2020 Outstanding Book Award from Division B (Curriculum Studies) of the American Educational Research Association.
  • The American Educational Research Association’s Special Interest Group in Supervision awarded Jo Beth Jimerson and Sarah Quebec Fuentes’ paper, “The Role of Leadership Content Knowledge in the Provision of Instructional Feedback,” as their Distinguished Paper of the Year.
  • Higher Education Leadership master’s student Brianna Edwards was selected as one of nine graduate students in the United States for the Travel Grant Mentor program by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
  • Lauren (Dudderar) Caldwell, B.S. ’13 M.Ed. ’14; Cassie (Garcia) Hanson, B.S. ’11, M.Ed. ’16; and Heather (Denton) Hedges B.S.’09 M.A. ’13 were selected as 2019-20 Fort Worth ISD Teaching Excellence Chairs.

Research Grants

  • TCU received two federally funded grants, one to fund the Student Support Services (SSS) program and the second to add a new SSS STEM program, which will double funding and support for first-generation students for the next five years. The programs offer eligible TCU students resources like mentoring, leadership development, social and cultural enrichment to create a sense of belonging on campus and empower students to reach their academic goals.
  • Curby Alexander and Dr. Molly Weinburgh received a National Science Foundation grant to build high school students’ geospatial skills and prepare them for STEM careers. They are part of a team of researchers from three universities awarded the $2.8 million grant, with TCU receiving more than $500,000 for their portion of the four-year project.
  • Liran Ma (College of Science & Engineering) is the Principal Investigator (PI) and Curby Alexander is co-PI for two simultaneous three-year projects to help more college students learn to protect individuals, companies and organizations from cyberattacks. The projects are funded by $1 million in grants from the National Science Foundation, split between Texas Christian University (TCU), Georgia State University and the University of Washington at Tacoma.
  • Associate professor Taryn Ozuna Allen is part of a research team that received a $1 million award from the Spencer Foundation for a four-year mixed-methods study to survey instructors and students in Texas to learn how varying educational experiences in dual credit affect postsecondary outcomes for low-income students and students of color.

Professional Service

  • Two Alice Neeley Special Education Research and Service (ANSERS) Institute faculty lead national special education organizations. Institute Director Michael Faggella-Luby is President of the Division for Learning Disabilities and Endia Lindo is President for the Division for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Exceptional Learners.
  • The College of Education houses The Reading Teacher, published by the International Literacy Association & Wiley, co-edited by Robin Griffith and Jan Lacina through 2021. It is the premier practitioner-focused literacy journal in the world.
  • Heather Doyle, Director of Accreditation, Certification and Assessment, named President-Elect of The Texas Coordinators for Teacher Certification Testing.

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 education program commended by the Texas Education Agency
  • Teacher candidates have a 100 percent teacher placement rate and 97 percent 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
  • TCU’s College of Education, Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences and TCU Athletics have partnered with the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Go Teach Project to strengthen U.S. education through the recruitment of student-athletes into the teaching field.
  • 100 percent Annual Fund participation in faculty and staff campaign

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