Dreeben School of Education

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Dr. Martinez

Dr. Elda E. Martinez


Dr. Elda E. Martinez is the Director of Teacher Education and an Associate Professor of Education.  In these roles, she oversees the Teacher Certification Program and teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Prior to teaching at the university level, she taught for nine years in the San Antonio Independent School District as a special education and general education teacher.  The majority of her teaching experience focused on working with children with learning differences in the elementary and middle school grades.

During the time Dr. Martinez served as a special education teacher, she mentored special education certification candidates.  This mentoring experience led to an interest in teacher education and development.  Current research interests include teacher development at various levels, including:  preservice, mentoring, induction support, and continuing professional education.

Areas of Research:

  • Special Education

    Learning Differences

    Teacher Education

    Mentoring & Induction Support

Areas of Teaching:

  • Special Education

    Elementary Education

    Assessment & Instruction

Committee/University Service:

  • Teacher Education Advisory Council

    Undergraduate Curriculum Committee

    DSE Graduate Studies

    Orientation Planning Committee

    DSE Advisory Board

Community Service:

  • Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee, Winston School San Antonio, 2010-Present

    San Antonio Children’s Museum Executive Board, Vice-President of Education, 2010-2011

    San Antonio Children’s Museum, Board of Directors, 2007-2011


  • Ed.D., Organizational Leadership, 2006

    Teachers College Columbia University, New York, NY         


    M.A.T., Elementary & Special Education, 1995

    Trinity University, San Antonio, TX

    Texas Teaching Certification:  Grades 1-8

    Special Education Certification:  PK-12

    Elementary English:  Grades 1-6

    Elementary History:  Grades 1-6

    B.A., Humanities, 1994

    Trinity University, San Antonio, TX

Selected Publications/Presentations:

  • Martinez, E. & Martin, K. (2010). Student perceptions of the value of peer focus groups to facilitate communication and improve the learning environment.  Assessment Update, 22 (6), pp.6-7/15-16. 

    Fike, R., Martinez, E., & Fike, D. (2010).  Predictors of Success on the Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) Texas teacher certification examination.  Texas Association of Teacher Educators’ Forum, 35, 1-15. 

    Staudt, D., Risku, M, & Martinez, E. (2008). Science and mathematics alliance for recruiting and retaining teachers (SMARRT): Addressing the teacher shortage in at-risk schools.  Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 33(4), 55-66.

    Staudt, D., Martinez, E. & Risku, M. (2008). Helping change of career teachers integrate technology into the math and science curriculum: SMARRT technology integration. In K. McFerrin et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2008 (pp. 4548-4554).  Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

    Martinez, E. & Risku, M. (2006). A Refocus for new teacher mentoring programs. Texas Association of Teacher Educators’ Forum, 30, 39-44.

Professional Experience:

Director of Teacher Education, UIW, 2005-present

Associate Professor of Education, UIW,          2010-present

Sister Theophane Power Endowed Chair in Education, 2011-2014

Assistant Professor of Education, UIW,           2005-2010

Visiting Professor, Trinity University, 2004-2005

Special Education/Elementary Teacher, San Antonio ISD, 1995-2004


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