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 students with outstanding academic preparation through the University Core Curriculum and their academic major.
  • Prepare graduates for careers in the professional fields of elementary, middle, and secondary school teaching.
  • Prepare graduates for professional careers in psychology and related fields.
  • Prepare graduates with strong academic and professional foundations for further graduate and professional study.
  • Provide graduates a total academic experience that enhances their lives and positively impacts humankind.

The College of Education and Psychology houses the School of Education, the Department of Psychology and Counseling, and the University Academy Lab Schools. In addition, the College consists of four centers: 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 College offers courses and experiences that fulfill requirements for baccalaureate degrees and teaching certificates in a variety of disciplines.

The School of Education coordinates a Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies that fulfills academic requirements for teacher certification in early childhood through grade 6 and grades 4-8. The School of Education also offers coursework leading to secondary and all-level teacher certification.

The Department of Psychology and Counseling offers a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in psychology. It also hosts the Human Behavior Concentration of the BAAS degree.

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 degree programs in clinical psychology, clinical mental health counseling, curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, reading, school counseling, and special education are described in the graduate section of this catalog. Information on post-baccalaureate certification programs and supplemental certificates are also provided in the graduate section. Inquiries should be directed to the College of Education and Psychology or The Graduate School.