Teaching Everyone Through Universal Design for Learning
The Texas Institute for Teacher Education exists to prepare competent and compassionate professional educators dedicated to serving the diverse cultural, linguistic, and exceptional learning needs of all students. Accordingly, the Institute is committed to the following tenets:
The preparation of professional educators equipped to meet the diverse educational needs of all children, particularly those with unique cultural, linguistic, and exceptional learning needs.
The preparation of professional educators who recognize that collaboration and dialogue, the supreme hallmarks of the learning community, accentuate the design, delivery, and evaluation of effective classroom instruction.
The preparation of professional educators who recognize that culturally and linguistically responsive professional practice reflects a keen understanding of how human diversity issues impact the individualized learning process, including the acquisition of critical thinking, problem-solving, and performance skills.
The preparation of professional educators who employ differentiated, UDL-compliant instructional practices to create positive learning environments that value diversity, academic excellence, and the meaningful participation of all stakeholders.
The Texas State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) was created in 1995 by the 74th Legislature to govern the standards of the education profession. The 15-member board oversees all aspects of public school educator certification, continuing education, and standards of conduct. The Board is guided by the philosophy that educators will create higher standards for preparation, practice, and conduct than others outside the profession, and that educators will rigorously uphold these standards.
SBEC is dedicated to creating a system that produces educators who are recognized as professionals. The Board welcomes input from educators, educator preparation entities, and the public.
The Educator Preparation Program at The Texas Institute for Teacher Education is acknowledged in the database of personnel preparation programs for multicultural special education at The National Center to Improve Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Personnel for Children with Disabilities (Personnel Improvement Center). The Personnel Improvement Center is located at and supported by the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE), with full funding provided by the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).