Heather Caldwell Profile

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Dr. Heather Caldwell

  • Assistant Professor, Curriculum and Instruction
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • Email: hcaldwell@tamuct.edu
  • Phone: 254.501.5943
  • Room: WH-322P


Dr. Heather Caldwell Assistant Professor, serves as the Co-Coordinator for the M.Ed. and MAT programs in the Curriculum and Instruction Department. She received her B.S.I.S. from Texas A&M University - Commerce, and her M.Ed. and her PhD. In Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in History/Social Studies Education from Texas A&M University, College Station. She was a 3rd and 6th grade classroom teacher and has served as an instructional coach in k-12 schools working with pre-service teachers and their mentors. She has also been faculty at Texas A&M University in College Station, Colorado State University - Pueblo, and has served as a dissertation mentor for EdD and PhD students at Walden University. She joined the faculty at Texas A&M University - Central Texas in Fall 2023.

Her research includes educator preparation, curriculum and pedagogy, history/social studies education, technology in education, women leaders in education, and most recently the language and culture disparities in South Louisiana, where she is originally from, and the educational experiences of children on the orphan trains in the early 1900's - one of which was her maternal grandmother.

Dr. Caldwell teaches Foundations, Social Studies and Reading classes. She loves incorporating technology into her lessons and is very interested in the future of AI in k-12 and college classrooms. She also loves providing experiential education experiences to her students and has taken former students abroad to Wales, England, and France. Domestically she has traveled with students to San Antonio and to the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, Colorado, to experience real life STEM lessons in the outdoors.


Sultana, I., Esmail, A., Caldwell, H., (2023). Exploring positive cognitive guided instruction strategies in the classroom. Journal of Education and Social Justice. 8. 1, 127-147.
Caldwell, H. (2022). Manual High School, Denver, Colorado, American Education History Journal, 49, 1&2, 51-65.
Caldwell, H.K., Teubner, S. (2021).Say What?! Recognizing and understanding media bias in the classroom: Life lessons for the social studies classroom, The Social Studies Texan, 37(3), 24-25.
Caldwell, H.K., Teubner, S. (2021). Mystery zoom and virtual field trips. The Social Studies Texan. 37(1), 28-30.
Cain, C., Caldwell, H., McCraney, M., Panesar-Aguilar, S., Cale, C. (2020). Understanding the use of learner-centered teaching strategies by secondary educators. International Journal of Social Sciences and Education. Volume  10 Jan-Dec 2020.
Bland, L., Caldwell, H., Cale, C., Aguilar, S., & McCraney, M. (2020). Problem-based learning in middle school classrooms in the southeastern United States. International Education and Research Journal, 6, 6.
Caldwell, H.K., Teubner, S. (2020).The star of the show: how social studies made history in a pandemic. The Social Studies Texan. 36 (1), 11-13.
Caldwell, H.K., & Hill-Jackson, V. (2019). Activities & Applications, in Bevan et. al. Coaching & Mentoring: A Handbook for Leadership, published 7/19.ISBN 978-0-578-53182-3
Caldwell, H.K, (2018). Pre-service teachers’ perceptions and influences of self-efficacy during their first field placement. Submitted to the National Forum of Teacher Education Journal.
Teubner, S., & Caldwell, H.K. (2016). Using social media to increase civic participation in future young voters: Millennial initiative unit plan. The Social Studies Texan. 32 (2), 52.
Caldwell, H.,  Larke, P., Gao, D. & Liles, V. (2015). Teacher Education Transformation and Research Institute (TETRI): Assessing faculty’s perceptions about the teacher education climate. National Forum of Teacher Education Journal, 26(1&2), 14-22.
Caldwell, H. K. (2015). Begin the Year with a Bang: Digital Stories Bring Social Studies Content to Life! The Social Studies Texan, 31 (2), Summer, pp. 17-18.
Caldwell, H. K. (2014). Review of Fran├žoise N. Hamlin’s, “Crossroads at Clarksdale: The Black Freedom Struggle in the Mississippi Delta after World War II.” Sound Historian, 16. 
Caldwell, H. K. (2012). A Resource for Texas History Teachers: The Cattle Kings. The Social Studies Texan, 28 (3), Fall/Winter, pp. 38.
Caldwell, H. K. (2011). Exploring History Makers. The Social Studies Texan, 27 (3), Fall/Winter, 59-60. 
Caldwell, H. K. (2011). “Irma Rangel,” The Social Studies Texan, 27 (3), Fall/Winter, p. 40. 
Caldwell, H. K. (2010). Mary Carroll Craig Bradford of Colorado: 1856-1938. Germany: VDM Verlag Publishing. 
Caldwell, H. K. (2009). “Mary C.C. Bradford’s Contribution to the Colorado Curriculum: 1913-1918.” Curriculum History Journal

Burlbaw, . M., H. K. Caldwell, J. Maldonado-Castillo, and M. F. Merricks (2006). “Female Chief State School Officers: The Field in 2005.”  American Educational History Journal, 33(2), pp. 155-163.