In October 1998, Congress voiced its concern for the quality of teacher preparation by enacting Title II of the Higher Education Act (HEA). Title II authorizes federal grant programs that support the efforts of states, institutions of higher education and their school district partners to improve the recruitment, preparation, and support of new teachers. Title II also includes accountability measures in the form of reporting requirements for institutions and states on teacher preparation and licensing.
Section 207 of HEA Title II requires reports from institutions of higher education (IHE) that conduct teacher preparation programs enrolling students who receive federal assistance under Title IV of the HEA. A teacher preparation program is a state-approved course of study, the completion of which signifies that an enrollee has met all the state's educational and/or training requirements for initial certification or licensure to teach in the state's elementary or secondary schools.
Downlad the 2006-2007 Title II Report Card (pdf)
Archived Title II Documents
National Summit of Rural Education replaced the annual School Law Conference.
The James I Perkins College of Education sponsored a National Summit on Rural Education on March 28, 2008 on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University. For video and information about the summit, visit http://www.perkinscollegesummit.net/
Groundbreaking for the new $30 million dollar Early Childhood Research and Development Center took place on January 29. Construction is expected to be complete July 2009, at which time the Department and Elementary Education, The new University Charter School and the Early Childhood Laboratory will relocate to this 120,000 square foot state of the art facility. Click here to view live the construction.
The Interior Design Program in the School of Human Sciences welcomes you to the Interior Design Senior Showcase exhibits on the 1st and 2nd floor of the Steen Library, February 16th through March 6th, 2008.
The Texas State Board of Education unanimously approved an application by Stephen F. Austin State University to open a university charter school during the 2008-09 school year.
In December, SFA's James I. Perkins College of Education submitted a letter of intent to the Texas Education Agency to open a university charter school. The completed application was reviewed by the state agency in early January and approved on January 18, 2008, by the Texas State Board of Education.
The SFASU Department of Human Services faculty and students of the Rehabilitation/Counseling programs held free anonymous mental health screenings in recognition of National Depression Screening Day (NDSD.) on October 11, 2007. Thirty-four individuals took advantage of the free screenings with 7 being offered follow-up services. Attendees completed a written self-assessment and talked one-on-one with a mental health counselor in training. NDSD Mental Health Screening, held in October as part of Mental Health Awareness Week, is a program of the nonprofit organization, Screening for Mental Health, Inc. Last year, more than 200,000 people attended nationally.
The James I. Perkins College of Education tops $18 million in active grants and sets a new record for the college. According to Dr. John Jacobson, Dean, the Perkins College of Education submitted 16 grants this past year and was awarded funding for 14. "This outstanting track record speaks to the expertise of the faculty in writing grants that both meet the needs of our institution and aligns with established grant criteria." For more information see Perkins College of Education Grants.
Phi Delta Kappa (PDK) honors Dr. Julia Ballenger
On May 1, 2007, the SFASU Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa presented Dr. Julia Ballenger, Associate Professor in the Department of Secondary Education and Educational Leadership, with its prestigious Educator of the Year Award, based on her promotion of high-quality education through her visionary leadership, relevant research, and dedicated service. This scholar-practitioner leader has been instrumental in facilitating collaboration between SFA's Project DEVELOP and PDK to provide exceptional professional development activities to educators. Dean Jacobson, PDK's former 2006 Educator of the Year, presented Dr. Ballenger with the award at PDK's Annual Award Banquet.
Dr. Sandra Cole named Who's Who of American Women; Who's Who Among America's Teachers
Stephen F. Austin State University achieved a 100 percent pass rate in the U.S. Department of Education's Title II Report on teacher candidate testing.
In its 2006 report, released in March 2007, the Department of Education recognized SFA's Perkins College of Education as achieving a perfect pass rate on all state testing requirements for its initial teacher candidates during 2004 - 2005. Only 11 of 69 Texas higher education institutions achieved this rate.
"The U.S. Department of Education's Title II Report recognizes the Perkins College of Education at Stephen F. Austin State University as a state and national leader in the preparation of students entering the education profession as teachers," said Dr. John Jacobson, dean of the college. "The preparation of teachers is a university-wide effort and reflects the exceptional collaboration evident at SFA. This is a tremendous accomplishment in the attainment of the highest possible Title II Report pass rate in the Perkins College of Education's impressive history."
The SFA Lecture Series Committee maintains a master calendar to showcase all speaker events on campus.
Tommy Wallis, doctoral candidate and principal of Mabank High School, was awarded the 2006-07, "Principal of the Year" by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals. Wallis will now advance to compete for the MetLife/National Association of Secondary School Principals National Principal of the Year Award.
SFA alumnus Monte Moses was named the 2005 National Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Superintendents. Dr. Moses has served as superintendent for the Cherry Creek School District in suburban Denver, Colorado for four years.
Perry signs tuition revenue bond bill to fund SFA education center, upgrade academic buildings
". . . By issuing the bonds, SFA plans to build a $20.1 million education research center and use the remaining $10 million for improvements to academic buildings. "