College Overview

Grad Programs

1st Teacher Prep in Texas

19 Graduate Degrees

4 Departments

CACREP Accredited
CAEP Accredited
AASL Accredited
Reading/Literacy Specialist Preparation Program

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  • Vision

    Preparing Leaders to Impact an Evolving World.

  • Mission

    Today's learners, tomorrow's leaders

  • Beliefs
    What we all do matters.
    Innovation fosters creativity, critical thinking, and passion.
    Relevant experiences promote growth and inspire change.
    Positive relationships influence success.

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Sam Houston Normal Institute was established in 1879 to prepare teachers for service across the state of Texas. We proudly claim being the first educator preparation institute west of the Mississippi. Over the years, curriculum expanded, and additional areas of study were added and the name was changed. In 1923, Sam Houston Normal Institute became Sam Houston Teachers College. The college’s educational mission continued to broaden and in 1969 became Sam Houston State University. We like to say the university grew up around the College of Education and that our roots run deep in preparing the best educators in the state of Texas.