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 Institute for Teacher Education admits highly qualified teacher candidates committed to the success of EC-12 students. Admission is available for college and university graduates, college seniors completing last-semester coursework, newly-hired teachers, and international applicants. We actively seek individuals who demonstrate exemplary leadership, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills. Since schools desperately need classroom educators trained to link educational neuroscience to professional practice, our graduates are in high demand throughout the nation. Teacher candidates may enroll in the self-paced, online seminars at any time. All teacher candidates complete an online Orientation Session prior to beginning the formal seminars.
Applicants who select this route complete the graduate seminars while enrolled in the Professional Practicum (employed as a "Teacher of Record" for one academic year) or Clinical Teacher Practicum (student teacher for 14 weeks). Teacher candidates admitted to these programs may earn concurrent certification in general, bilingual/ESL, and special education areas, if desired.
The Secondary Teacher Certification Programs require the applicant to have a minimum of 15 credit hours within the desired field. Applicants who select this route complete the graduate seminars while enrolled in the Professional Practicum (employed as a "Teacher of Record" for one academic year) or Clinical Teacher Practicum (student teacher for 14 weeks). Teacher candidates admitted to these programs earn certification in the area of their TExES examination as well as Special Education and English as a Second Language.
To be considered for unconditional admission, domestic applicants must submit the following items:
Prospective teacher candidates who submit all items are officially invited to interview with the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee either denies or grants admission to the applicant. Applicants denied admission are encouraged to reapply once any deficiencies are removed. Prior to issuing standard teaching certificates, the Texas State Board for Educator Certification conducts a state and national criminal history check on all applicants.
Prospective program candidates may be accepted by The Texas Institute for Teacher Education on a contingency basis pending receipt of an official transcript showing degree conferred provided that:
The candidate is currently enrolled in and expects to complete the courses and other requirements for obtaining a baccalaureate degree at the end of the semester in which admission to the program is sought.
All program admission requirements have been met.
A candidate admitted on a contingency basis may begin program training, but shall not be approved to take a certification examination nor shall not be recommended for a probationary certificate until the candidate has been awarded a baccalaureate degree.
The contingency admission will be valid for only the semester for which the contingency admission was granted and may not be extended for another semester.
Under Texas Education Agency rules related to educator certification, any applicant for a Texas educator certificate must "be able to communicate, listen, read, write, and comprehend the English language sufficiently to use it easily and readily in daily communication and teaching." Applicants may demonstrate English proficiency in one of two ways as specified below:
Graduates from foreign universities/colleges must submit an original Foreign Credential Review from one of the following TEA Approved Foreign Credential Evaluation Services.
A late hire for a teaching position shall complete 30 clock-hours of field-based experience as well as 80 clock-hours of initial training within 90 school days of assignment. Under this stipulation, late hires must successfully complete ME 531 and ME 532 within 90 days of the hire date.