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Dr. Elda E. Martinez

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Dr. Martinez

I am still learning.


Dr. Elda Martinez serves the Dreeben School of Education as Director of Teacher Education.  Prior to university teaching, Dr. Martinez taught general and special education in San Antonio ISD for ten years. 

In addition to teaching and scholarship, she is committed to serving the profession and the San Antonio community.  Dr. Martinez supports the initiatives and publications of various state organizations including the Texas Directors of Field Experiences, Texas Association of Teacher Educators, and Texas Association for Literacy Education.  Dr. Martinez serves on the Winston School San Antonio’s Medical Scientific Advisory Committee. MSAC promotes outreach and education to teachers, parents, and community members.  She is also a board member for Baller Camps, a non-profit organization promoting character development and academic achievement through athletics for students identified as at-risk in the San Antonio community.


Dr. Martinez is the 2015-2015 UIW Moody Professor and held the Sister Theophane Power Endowed Chair in Education from 2011-2014.  She has been nominated for the UIW Presidential Teaching Award and received the Trinity Award for Excellence in Special Education.

Dr. Martinez previously served as the Vice President for Education of the San Antonio Children’s Museum.  She was elected to the Executive Board of the Texas Association of Texas Educators and served as President in 2011-2012. She also served on the Consortium of State Organizations for Texas Teacher Education Board.  She has recently been elected as a 2015-2016 Texas Directors of Field Experiences officer.


Teacher preparation, teacher development, special education, assessment, digital literacy, and instructional technology


Her son, travel, study abroad with students, and technology

Courses Taught

Teaching Students with

   Learning Differences

Teaching Students with    

   Emotional & Behavioral


Special Education Assessment

   & Evaluation

Exceptional Learners

Assessment in the


Survey of Exceptionalities


Ed.D., Organizational Leadership

Specialization:  Educational Administration

Teachers College

Columbia University

New York, New York




Elementary Education & Special Education

Trinity University

San Antonio, Texas


BA, Humanities

Trinity University

San Antonio, TX



Elementary Self-Contained


Special Education


Elementary English


Elementary History


Contact Information

Dr. Elda E. Martinez

Associate Professor