Centers and Institutes

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.

These programs have their own administrative offices, and are affiliated with the research conducted by our faculty and graduate students. Each center aims to increase the knowledge and practices of teaching and learning from multiple perspectives of education. 

Centers and Institutes

Institute for Public School Initiatives

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.

Center for STEM Education

The Center for STEM Education provides support for, and fosters collaboration among, researchers interested in conducting externally-funded interdisciplinary research on STEM teaching and learning. They also study the conditions that influence STEM teaching and learning and innovations that can maximize it. The center also provides professional development for STEM teachers in Texas schools.

Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE)

The Center for Community College Student Engagement (CCCSE), a research and service initiative of the College, provides important information about effective educational practice in community colleges. The Center assists institutions and policymakers in using information to promote improvements in student learning, persistence, and attainment. Through its large-scale research initiatives, both quantitative and qualitative, the Center has established itself as a leading voice in community college improvement efforts.

Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk

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.

Center for Applied Psychometric Research

The Center for Applied Psychometric Research 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.

H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports

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.

Texas Center for Disability Studies

The Texas Center for Disability Studies is one of the 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities in Education, Research, and Service located throughout the United States and its territories. By emphasizing cultural and linguistic diversity as an essential belief, the center serves Texas as a catalyst. It encourages people with disabilities to live the lives they choose in supportive communities.

Texas Center for Education Policy

The Texas Center for Education Policy 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.

Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts

The Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts provides information to educators statewide and nationally about research-based effective practices in the teaching of reading and language arts. The center aims to promote academic success for students in Texas and across the nation.