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Scholarships & Awards

Scholarships & Awards


The Clodecott Award

An engraved medallion is presented each year to the author/illustrator of the best children's book written in that calendar year in the Child and Young Adult Literature course (EDU 3322). The name of the award is a parody on the Caldecott Award, which is given by the American Library Association to the best illustrated book of the year for children. The Clodecott Award is named for Dr. Cherie Clodfelter, longtime chair of the Department and professor emerita.

2019 Clodecott Winners:

 Megan Graziose Marquel Plavan

 Megan Graziose

The Amazon Rainforest Alphabet Book

 Marquel Plavan

 Marion, Matisse, and Me

The Teller Award

Established by the alumni and faculty of the Department, this award is named for Professor Emeritus James D. Teller and is awarded in May to the most outstanding student in the Department of Education based upon scholastic achievement, leadership ability and potential as a teacher.

2018 Teller Award Winner:

  • Teresa Roach

The Hazel McDermott Outstanding Student Teacher Award

Established in 1992, this award is reserved for an outstanding student teacher. Not presented regularly, the Hazel McDermott Award honors the student whose experience in the classroom has reflected the highest ideals in teaching. Named in honor of Dr. Hazel McDermott, professor and certification officer from 1975-1992, the award is given only when there is a student teacher of rare caliber.

2018 Hazel McDermott Outstanding Student Teacher Award Winners:

  • Patricia Peters
  • Moira Quinn


The Teller Endowed Scholarship

The Teller Endowed Scholarship in named for Professor Emeritus James D. Teller.  It is awarded to outstanding students seeking Texas teacher certification who have significant promise and potential as teachers in the secondary education grades (8-12).  The scholarship is intended ot support the semester of clinical teaching.  The scholarship money awarded is paid directly to the University of Dallas and may be awarded to one or more students depending on merit.

Clodfelter Endowed Scholarship 

The Clodfelter Endowed Scholarship is named for Professor Emeritus Cherie A. Clodfelter.  It is awarded to outstanding students seeking Texas teacher certificaiton who have significat promise and potential as teachers in the elementary and middle school grades (EC-8)  The scholarship in intended to support the semester of clinical teaching.  The scholarship money awarded is paid directly to the University of Dallas and may be awarded to one or more students depending on merit.

  • Please use the Endowed Scholarship Form to apply for the Teller & Clodfelter Scholarship.
  • Applications are due:
      • For Spring Clinical Teaching - First Monday in November 
      • For Fall Clinical Teaching - First Monday in April 

Join the Educators Cohort for Affordable Tuition:

Knowing that a graduate education can be cost-prohibitive for many, the University of Dallas wishes to make participation in its degree programs more affordable by enrolling full-time teachers and administrators  in our Educators Cohort.  As members of this cohort, educator will receive a special tuition rate.

If you would like to become a member of the Educators Cohort, please submit a letter to the Braniff Graduate Office on official school stationary signed by your principal or headmaster that clearly states your current, full-time employment status as a school teacher and the term of employment.  A letter is required for every academic year that the student will receive the Educators Cohort rate.

About the University of Dallas Catholic Teacher Cohort:

The University of Dallas, as a whole, is shaped by the long tradition of Catholic learning.  In its mission statement, UD "acknowledges its commitment to the Catholic Church and its teaching."  The Catholic Teacher Cohort is testament to that commitment in two important ways.   First the university offers a specialized academic and collegial community - a "community of practice" - where current and prospective Catholic school teachers can intermingle while they continue developing their mature understanding of their faith, develop their teaching skills, and prepare to meet the unique responsibility of teaching in Catholic schools.  Second, the university offers financial support to members of the Catholic Teacher Cohort in the way of significant reduction in tuition.

Student Associations

Kappa Delta Pi

The Nu Kappa Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an honor society in education, was established at the University in 1975. Membership is approved by the officers of the chapter. Qualifications include high academic standing (at least 3.0 GPA), professional attitude that would enable one to grow in the field of education, and the moral character and integrity to serve as models to emulate.

Association of Texas Professional Educators (A.T.P.E.)

University students working toward certification in Education or students interested in participating in a professional education association may join ATPE. An active role in a professional association highlights one's interest in the teaching field. Membership in ATPE encourages an informed sense of responsibility to the profession, and offers students the opportunity to meet and work with educators. Membership is highly recommended during the directed (student) teaching year.

 Clodecott 2016 Winners

The 2016 Clodecott Winners, along with Dr. Clodfelter



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