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Student teacher with a student behind a Third Ward mural

Pictured: Teaching graduate Meghan Galvan catches up with her students in front of the iconic mural adorning Blackshear Elementary in Houston’s Third Ward.


At the University of Houston College of Education, we’re working to improve educational and health outcomes for all children and families through effective teaching, innovative research and strong partnerships. Students learn in the context of a multicultural city from distinguished professors who merge research with real-world lessons. We’re preparing future teachers, administrators, counselors, psychologists, health specialists, researchers and other leaders to transform lives in Houston and beyond.


Nic Stone

First Lecture 2019

We kicked off the new academic year with a powerful speech by New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone. The former teen mentor earned accolades for her debut novel, “Dear Martin.” Her writing covers timely topics such as racial inequities, social justice, identity and representation.

Date: Aug. 16, 2019
Time: 11 a.m. (doors open at 10:30 a.m.)
Place: Cullen Performance Hall

Read more about First Lecture. And read this powerful essay, “The Purpose of Education,” that Martin Luther King Jr. wrote in college.

For more information on this speaker, please visit www.prhspeakers.com.



We’re celebrating the graduation of our first two Teach Forward Houston fellows, Vanessa Trejo and Andrew Slack. Thanks to a unique partnership with Houston ISD, students in the program receive tuition support to attend UH and then return to their former district to teach. “It’s an awesome program – a lot of support coming from HISD and UH,” Slack said. Watch the video to learn more.


At a Glance

  • 1stto meet tougher education accreditation standards (CAEP)
  • Top 1%Undergrad elementary teacher-prep program (NCTQ)
  • Top 3%Graduate teacher-prep program (NCTQ)
  • Top 20Best online graduate education program (U.S. News & World Report)
  • 69%Increase in research expenditures (2013-18)
  • 31 yearsAPA accreditation for counseling psychology program

Short Takes

A sampling of faculty, staff, student and alumni happenings:

Aurora González de Freire received the 2019 Julius Glickman Educational Leadership award from Humanities Texas and the Members in Print award from Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for “Harvey Bear Gets Rescued,” her disaster-preparedness children’s book based on Hurricane Harvey. She earned a B.S. in teaching and learning in 1997 and an M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction in 2003 from the College.

Several faculty members received UH Alternative Textbook Incentive Program awards for 2019-20. Funds will go toward implementation of an open or alternative textbook in their courses: Eulises Avellaneda, a clinical assistant professor of bilingual education; Kristen Hassett, a clinical associate professor of special populations; Laura Turchi, an assistant professor of secondary education; and Jane Cooper, a clinical assistant professor of teacher education.

Ashley Taylor, a doctoral student in the counseling psychology program, was recently appointed student representative for the UH Institutional Review Board 1. The board is responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of human subjects in research.



Learn more about the College’s programs, research, community engagement and more in our new magazine. Prospective students won’t want to miss this useful guide! Read on.

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