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NOTE: Subsequent to the publication of the printed 2014-15 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog the College of Education divided the Department of Curriculum and Instruction into two departments, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction and the Department of Teacher Education.

College of Education


Dr. Scott Ridley
Scott Ridley, Ph.D.

110 D Education
Box 41071
Lubbock, TX 79409-1071
T 806.742.2377 | F 806.742.2179

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About the College

The College of Education has embarked on a reform agenda to increase the rigor and relevance of all its programs. Working closely with partners in public schools, community agencies, and institutions of higher learning, college faculty have developed innovative programs to prepare graduates for the educational demands of the 21st century.

The college is devoted to promoting excellence and equity through scholarship, research, and reflective practice in education. The college provides degree and certification programs for both undergraduate and graduate students who plan careers in education. For many individuals, this means a future in teaching. College faculty work closely with public school personnel and practitioners in the field to design programs that will prepare leading educators for a global society.

The college prepares teachers who will become certified to teach in elementary schools, at the middle level (from grades four to eight), and in secondary schools (from grades eight to twelve). The college offers undergraduate degree programs leading to certificates in middle-level education, bilingual education, special education, and secondary science. Elementary students may also specialize in math and science. In addition, a variety of advanced degrees and certificates are available.

The College of Education is accredited by the Texas Education Agency, the State Board for Educator Certification, and the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation. Texas Tech University holds membership in the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. The teaching certificate earned at Texas Tech is accepted in a majority of the states in the nation through reciprocity agreements.

Programs in the college are housed in three departments. The Department of Teacher Education offers undergraduate programs leading to initial teaching certificates. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers graduate programs in bilingual education, curriculum and instruction, elementary education, language literacy, and secondary education. The Department of Educational Psychology and Leadership offers graduate programs in counselor education, educational leadership, educational psychology, higher education, instructional technology, and special education.

All students interested in becoming teachers or pursuing graduate programs in education should visit the college website for further information (

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