Graduate College of Education and Psychology

Dr. Wesley Hickey, Dean


The mission of the College of Education and Psychology is to provide a positive environment that fosters the acquisition of knowledge and skills. The mission is individually and collectively realized through a community of scholars that contributes to knowledge through scholarly inquiry; organizes knowledge for application, understanding and communication; and provides leadership and service. Additionally, the College is committed to affirming and promoting global perspectives, cultural diversity, social justice, ethical practice, and respect for individual differences as a means of enhancing learning, service, leadership, and scholarship.


  • Provide candidates who have earned bachelors’ degrees preparation for initial teaching certificates.
  • Provide candidates with academic programs and study leading to advanced professional certifications in a range of educational fields.
  • Provide candidates with academic programs and study leading to licensure and certifications in psychology and counseling and related fields.
  • Prepare candidates with strong academic and professional graduate level foundations for further study at the doctoral level.
  • Prepare graduates who have the ability to play significant roles in their chosen professional field.

The College of Education and Psychology is composed of the School of Education, Department of Psychology and Counseling, and the University Academy Lab Schools. In addition, the College houses the Ingenuity Center, the K-16 Literacy Center, the Memory Assessment and Research Center (MARC), and the East Texas Center for School Based Research & Instruction.

The University Academy Lab Schools are located in Tyler, Longview, and Palestine. The University Academy campuses are open-enrollment K-12 schools funded by the state, and they have a diverse student population. Founded in 2014, the University Academy is consistently one of the top performers in East Texas and they provide opportunities to pursue research and service in an innovative educational setting that uses project-based learning as their foundational instructional method. 

The Ingenuity Center is a component of the Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Initiative designed to build on national, state, and local efforts to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics achievement among Texas students. The Ingenuity Center focuses on increasing the number of students who study and enter science, technology, engineering, and math career pipeline by providing programs to teachers and students.

The K-16 Literacy Center engages in research, teaching, and service activities aimed at improving literacy achievement outcomes within the university, area schools, and community organizations. 

The Memory Assessment and Research Center (MARC) serves as a community resource and training and research facility for psychology and counseling students studying memory loss due to aging, dementia, and other neuropsychological illnesses.

The East Texas Center for School Based Research & Instruction is an organized research and instruction unit within the College aimed at supporting center partners (area schools, institutions of higher education, and community organizations) in designing, implementing, and evaluating customized professional learning opportunities and initiatives for teachers and administrators. 

Graduate Programs

The College of Education and Psychology offers graduate course work leading to completion of  Doctor of Education, Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Education degrees, and certification programs. Program options available within each degree are as follows:

Doctor of Education

School Improvement

Doctor of Philosophy

Clinical Psychology

Master of Arts

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

School Counseling

Master of Science

Clinical Psychology

Master of Education

Curriculum and Instruction (with Post-Baccalaureate Initial Teacher Certification option)

Educational Leadership


Special Education

Post-Masters' Certification Preparation Programs

Educational Diagnostician, Reading Specialist, School Counseling, and Superintendent Certification

General Degree Requirements 

Prospective graduate degree students in the College of Education and Psychology must meet specific admission requirements of the selected program. Students with inadequate undergraduate preparation in a chosen program may be required to complete deficiencies. The following are the general procedures for fulfilling degree requirements for Doctor of Education, Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Master of Education degrees. Specific academic requirements are described in each of the program sections.

  1. Apply for admission to the program of choice at Requirements for program admission will be those in effect at the time the application is submitted.
  2. Gain admission to the selected degree program.
  3. File a degree plan during the first semester after admission to the degree program. Complete required semester credit hours of approved graduate work.
  4. Maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in all courses applied toward the degree, and a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the academic major. No course with a grade below "C" may be applied toward fulfilling degree requirements.
  5. Complete requirements for comprehensive examinations, if required.
  6. Complete thesis or dissertation requirements (if applicable) by following guidelines available in The Graduate School.
  7. File for graduation prior to the published deadline by completing the procedures in “Filing for Graduation” in the Graduate Policies and Programs section of this catalog.