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College to offer new public health degree program

The University of North Texas College of Education will soon offer a bachelor’s degree in public health. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approved the degree, helping UNT to fill a critical need in the field of health.

Nauright named chair of UNT KHPR department

John Nauright, an internationally recognized and award winning scholar specializing in sports as related to culture, economics and ethnicity, has been named professor and chair of the University of North Texas' Department of Kinesiology, Health Promotion and Recreation, housed in the College of Education.

COE students place in national research competition


left to right, Todd Kettler; Mattie Oveross, first place in the non-doctoral research in progress category; Luke Hurst, second place in the doctoral research in progress category; Dianna Mullet, first place in the doctoral research in progress category; and Anne Rinn-McCann.

COE student advising team makes holiday donation to UNT alumna’s charity


Staff members from the UNT College of Education Student Advising Office with Sarah Nejdl (far left in purple).

UNT counseling doctoral candidate published in national magazine

By Mary Murphy

Bryan Stare, a doctoral candidate in the College of Education counseling program, has had an article published in Counseling Today's December issue.

Counseling Today is a publication of the American Counseling Association that reaches more than 56,000 counseling professionals nationwide. The magazine published Stare's article "Business Practices for the Beginning Counselor," which focuses on establishing private counseling practices. This is a concept that Stare said isn't well-explained in classes. 

Teacher exchange: UNT program helps educators learn about methods, culture across borders


Teachers in the exchange program participate in a workshop together.

By Mary Murphy

Annual conference focuses on more effective teaching methods

North Texas principals, teachers, superintendents and school board members gathered at UNT Nov. 11 for the annual Education Leadership Conference hosted by the College of Education.

At this year's conference, educators learned how they can adjust their teaching methods to better benefit students. The conference featured speakers, research presentations, breakout groups and keynote speaker Yong Zhao, presidential chair and director of the Institute for Global and Online Education at the University of Oregon.

Alumnus named superintendent of Sherman ISD

The Sherman Independent School District Board of Trustees named David Hicks, area superintendent for Denton ISD, as its lone finalist for superintendent at its meeting called on Nov. 18. Hicks earned a master's degree in Educational Administration and a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership from UNT. He will replace Al Hambrick, who retired in August 2015.

A Whole New World View: Summer spent speaking and presenting on global topics gives COE faculty member new perspective

International travel and research is nothing new to Dina Castro, the Velma E. Schmidt Endowed Chair on Early Childhood Education at UNT. A native of Peru, Castro has made cultural and linguistic diversity in early education the focus of her work. But this summer, a conference with scholars and policymakers from the U.S. and the European Union, as well as several collaborative visits to her homeland, helped her gain a new global perspective on the characteristics and needs of young children from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

COE alumna named Kilgore College's first female president

Brenda Kays, a 2001 alumna of the UNT College of Education's Higher Education doctoral program, was unanimously selected Kilgore College's ninth president by the college's Board of Trustees Nov. 23. Kays, who has served as president of Stanly Community College in North Carolina since 2011, is Kilgore's first female president.

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