December 18, 2015
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.”
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.”
The College of Education at Texas Tech University offers a full range of programs, including eight doctoral degrees, 12 master's degrees and two bachelor's degrees with numerous specializations leading to careers in public or private education as teachers, professors, administrators, counselors and diagnosticians.
Programs in the college are housed in two departments. The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers undergraduate programs leading to initial teaching certificates and 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.