In addition to our five departments of academic study, the College of Education is proud to be the home of the following research institutes, centers, and support offices. Because these programs have their own administrative offices, please explore their individual websites for contact and initiative details.
The Institute for Public School Initiatives, focuses on improving student performance from preschool through high school via strategic partnerships with UT institutions, community colleges, school districts and state agencies.
The Center for STEM Education, directed by Dr. Victor Sampson, provides support for, and fosters collaboration among, researchers interested in conducting externally-funded interdisciplinary research on STEM teaching and learning, the conditions that influence it, and innovations that can maximize it. The Center for STEM Education also provides professional development for STEM teachers in Texas schools.
The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk, is dedicated to generating and disseminating empirically validated knowledge and practices to influence educators, researchers, policy-makers, families, and other stakeholders who are striving to reduce academic, behavioral, and social risk in all learners, particularly those with disabilities.
The Center for Applied Psychometric Research, directed by Dr. Barbara G. Dodd, is dedicated to providing cutting edge statistical and psychometric research and evaluation services to further educational improvements at the K-12 and higher education levels and to inform educators, researchers, policymakers, and other stakeholders in the education process.
The the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports serves as a resource and research center in the fields of physical culture and sports. The Center has two main divisions: The Stark Center Library and The Center’s museum and exhibit galleries, the Joe and Betty Weider Museum of Physical Culture.
The Texas Center for Disability Studies, directed by Dr. Penny Seay, is one of the 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities in Education, Research, and Service located in university settings throughout the United States and its territories. By emphasizing cultural and linguistic diversity as an essential belief, the center serves Texas as a catalyst so that people with disabilities are living lives they choose in supportive communities.
The Texas Center for Education Policy, directed by Dr. Angela Valenzuela, engages in extensive research, analysis, development, and implementation of state educational policy. The center is dedicated to defining major policy issues and assessing the effectiveness of various policy-development strategies and alternatives.
The Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts, directed by Dr. Greg Roberts, provides information to educators statewide and nationally about research-based effective practices in the teaching of reading and language arts.