State and National Standards

To ensure that all teacher candidates master the professional sets of beginning classroom educators, the Institute curricula and assessments are aligned to multiple sets of state and national professional standards. The Educator Preparation Program at The Texas Institute for Teacher Education is aligned to national teacher preparation standards adopted by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and Specialized Professional Associations, including the CEC, ACEI, NCTE, NCTM, and TESOL. The structural design of the Institute's web platform and instructional format adheres to the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) standards and World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards for online programs. All teacher certification programs offered through the EPP are aligned with the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) Model Core Teaching Standards and the standards of the state department of education issuing the professional certificate or license.

  1. Learner Development
    The teacher understands how learners grow and develop, recognizing that patterns of learning and development vary individually within and across the cognitive, linguistic, social, emotional, and physical areas, and designs and implements developmentally appropriate and challenging learning experiences.

  2. Learning Differences
    The teacher uses understanding of individual differences and diverse cultures and communities to ensure inclusive learning environments that enable each learner to meet high standards.

  3. Learning Environments
    The teacher works with others to create environments that support individual and collaborative learning, and that encourage positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self motivation.

  4. Content Knowledge
    The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) he or she teaches and creates learning experiences that make the discipline accessible and meaningful for learners to assure mastery of the content.

  5. Application of Content
    The teacher understands how to connect concepts and use differing perspectives to engage learners in critical thinking, creativity, and collaborative problem solving related to authentic local and global issues.

  6. Assessment
    The teacher understands and uses multiple methods of assessment to engage learners in their own growth, to monitor learner progress, and to guide the teacher's and learner's decision making.

  7. Planning for Instruction
    The teacher plans instruction that supports every student in meeting rigorous learning goals by drawing upon knowledge of content areas, curriculum, cross-disciplinary skills, and pedagogy, as well as knowledge of learners and the community context.

  8. Instructional Strategies
    The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage learners to develop deep understanding of content areas and their connections, and to build skills to apply knowledge in meaningful ways.

  9. Professional Learning and Ethical Practice
    The teacher engages in ongoing professional learning and uses evidence to continually evaluate his/her practice, particularly the effects of his/her choices and actions on others (learners, families, other professionals, and the community), and adapts practice to meet the needs of each learner.

  10. Leadership and Collaboration
    The teacher seeks appropriate leadership roles and opportunities to take responsibility for student learning, to collaborate with learners, families, colleagues, other school professionals, and community members to ensure learner growth, and to advance the profession.

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