Governor Appoints Texas Tech Professor to State Board of Examiners

Loretta Bradley, the coordinator of counselor education in the College of Education, will serve a 5-year term.

Loretta Bradley

Loretta Bradley

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott appointed a longtime Texas Tech University professor to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, his office announced last week.

Loretta Bradley, who is a Paul Whitfield Horn professor of counselor education and coordinator of the counselor education program in the College of Education, will serve on the board through Feb. 1, 2021. The board is responsible for licensing, examination and rulemaking in the field of professional counseling, which includes more than 21,000 counselors in the state.

“I see it as both an honor and a privilege,” Bradley said. “I think as a counselor educator it will give me additional information about licensure to implement into the classes I teach. It may also be helpful as we recruit students into the counselor education program.”

Scott Ridley

Scott Ridley

Bradley has been president of several professional organizations, including the Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, the International Association for Marriage and Family Counselors, the American Counseling Association and the Texas Association for Adult Development and Aging. She also has won national and international research awards and published numerous papers.

“Dr. Bradley is the consummate professional, and this recognition from Gov. Abbott confirms what her colleagues and students have known for a long time,” College of Education Dean Scott Ridley said. “She is a phenomenal ambassador for Texas Tech University, the College of Education and the field of counselor education.”

College of Education

The College of Education at Texas Tech University offers a full range of programs, including 9 doctoral degrees, 10 master's degrees, two bachelor's degrees and numerous specializations which can lead to careers in public or private education as teachers, professors, administrators, counselors and diagnosticians.

Programs in the college are housed in three departments.

The Department of Curriculum & Instruction offers advanced degrees that prepare leaders, researchers, and professors with the knowledge, skills, and practical application experience needed to analyze, construct, and evaluate curricula in ways that create optimal learning conditions for all learners. Language and literacy, bilingual education and STEM education are just a few of the specializations offered by C&I.

The Department of Educational Psychology & Leadership consists of a diverse group of academic programs that equip students with a comprehensive knowledge of learning, motivation, development, and educational foundations. The disciplines of counseling and school psychology are housed within the EP&L department as are programs to prepare future college administrators, primary and secondary school and district leaders, as well as practical and academic educational psychologists.

The Department of Teacher Education focuses solely on teacher preparation, ensuring that teacher candidates are ready for the classroom on day one. The Teacher Education Department is home to TechTeach, an innovative teacher preparation program that puts teacher candidates into public school classrooms for a full year and requires that students pass teacher certification tests prior to entering the classroom. Various paths to teaching careers, including fast-track distance programs statewide and alternative certification options, are also housed in this department.

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